Talented SJV boys soccer team poised to make some noise

September 22, 2023 at 7:00 a.m.
The St. John Vianney soccer team gathers for a Catholic Athletes for Christ pre-game prayer prior to a recent contest. The Lancers won their first four games to equal all of last year's win total. Photo courtesy of Pat Smith
The St. John Vianney soccer team gathers for a Catholic Athletes for Christ pre-game prayer prior to a recent contest. The Lancers won their first four games to equal all of last year's win total. Photo courtesy of Pat Smith

By RICH FISHER
Contributing Editor

St. John Vianney boys’ soccer coach Ryan Tetro felt it was too early to get carried away by his team’s 4-0 record. But the Holmdel-based school has created a buzz by already matching last year’s victory total in what was a 4-10-4 season.

Tetro considered this week’s games with Ranney, Tinton Falls, and St. Rose, Belmar, to be a major barometer for where his team stood amongst Shore Conference powers. The Lancers passed the first test with a 2-1 win over Ranney Sep. 19, and were scheduled to face St. Rose Sep. 21.

Dominated by juniors and sophomores, SJV had outscored opponents 15-1 through four games – after scoring 16 goals all last season – and were the last Shore Conference team to allow a goal this year.

“This is my fifth year, and with all the respect to our other teams, this is by far the most talented team we have had,” Tetro said one day prior to the Ranney match. “We can make a little noise this year but this is a big week. Ranney and St. Rose have established themselves as perennial powers in our [B Central] Division. We’ll have a pretty good idea where we’re at after the week.” 

SJV’s attack is keyed by wingers Anthony Marano (5 goals) and Kyle DiMarco (2 goals, 7 assists), both juniors, and sophomore striker Mason Boles.

“Anthony is the guy other teams worry about because of his pace,” Tetro said. “He’s one of the best guys I’ve ever coached. Great technical skills. Having Kyle on the other outside spot gives us a ton of options to play wide areas. Mason is big, strong, athletic and holds the ball well for us. He’s a good target to play the ball into.” 

The midfield features sophomores Alex Siniscalchi (4 goals) and Alex Cardenas and junior captain Jack Scheuing, whom Tetro calls “the backbone of our team.”

“He’s everything you want as a player,” the coach said. “He’s big, strong, he plays fearlessly and he’s our leader. The guys look up to him. You love a guy like that.

“Alex Siniscalchi is a playmaker, he’s the engine we play through,” Tetro continued. “Cardenas has a little more flair, he’ll make a play where your jaw will drop.”

In the back are senior Ty Peperoni and sophomores Isaiah Boone, Luke Noble and Ethan Bellone. Sharing time in goal are senior Nick Huzar and freshman Gavin Bearmore.

“We preach every day in practice about defending,” Tetro said. “We’re young back there but all these guys are playing high level club soccer. For the first time in my five years, we have real soccer guys with a high soccer I.Q.”

Along with its talent and experience, the team is also faith-driven as several players are part of SJV’s Catholic Athletes for Christ. The mix of good players and quality people has Tetro cautiously optimistic.

“I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” he said. “St. Rose owns the division until someone proves otherwise. But we’re excited about our team. If our guys play the way they’re capable of we think we could have a really special year.”


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St. John Vianney boys’ soccer coach Ryan Tetro felt it was too early to get carried away by his team’s 4-0 record. But the Holmdel-based school has created a buzz by already matching last year’s victory total in what was a 4-10-4 season.

Tetro considered this week’s games with Ranney, Tinton Falls, and St. Rose, Belmar, to be a major barometer for where his team stood amongst Shore Conference powers. The Lancers passed the first test with a 2-1 win over Ranney Sep. 19, and were scheduled to face St. Rose Sep. 21.

Dominated by juniors and sophomores, SJV had outscored opponents 15-1 through four games – after scoring 16 goals all last season – and were the last Shore Conference team to allow a goal this year.

“This is my fifth year, and with all the respect to our other teams, this is by far the most talented team we have had,” Tetro said one day prior to the Ranney match. “We can make a little noise this year but this is a big week. Ranney and St. Rose have established themselves as perennial powers in our [B Central] Division. We’ll have a pretty good idea where we’re at after the week.” 

SJV’s attack is keyed by wingers Anthony Marano (5 goals) and Kyle DiMarco (2 goals, 7 assists), both juniors, and sophomore striker Mason Boles.

“Anthony is the guy other teams worry about because of his pace,” Tetro said. “He’s one of the best guys I’ve ever coached. Great technical skills. Having Kyle on the other outside spot gives us a ton of options to play wide areas. Mason is big, strong, athletic and holds the ball well for us. He’s a good target to play the ball into.” 

The midfield features sophomores Alex Siniscalchi (4 goals) and Alex Cardenas and junior captain Jack Scheuing, whom Tetro calls “the backbone of our team.”

“He’s everything you want as a player,” the coach said. “He’s big, strong, he plays fearlessly and he’s our leader. The guys look up to him. You love a guy like that.

“Alex Siniscalchi is a playmaker, he’s the engine we play through,” Tetro continued. “Cardenas has a little more flair, he’ll make a play where your jaw will drop.”

In the back are senior Ty Peperoni and sophomores Isaiah Boone, Luke Noble and Ethan Bellone. Sharing time in goal are senior Nick Huzar and freshman Gavin Bearmore.

“We preach every day in practice about defending,” Tetro said. “We’re young back there but all these guys are playing high level club soccer. For the first time in my five years, we have real soccer guys with a high soccer I.Q.”

Along with its talent and experience, the team is also faith-driven as several players are part of SJV’s Catholic Athletes for Christ. The mix of good players and quality people has Tetro cautiously optimistic.

“I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” he said. “St. Rose owns the division until someone proves otherwise. But we’re excited about our team. If our guys play the way they’re capable of we think we could have a really special year.”

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