Sports Shorts

The phrase “The best defense is a good offense” was fully deployed at the Higgins complex on Sunday afternoon, as the U9 Old Bridge Breakers travel soccer team played their home opener by hosting the Tigers from Tinton Falls. And with the defensive security of Louie Petrozziello, Nick Cousillas and Jake Perlmutter, along with Chris Botros in goal, the visitors were limited to just a single shot on net for the entire game. The Breakers offense took it from there, beginning their scoring onslaught in the 14th minute, as Cameron Allen scored on a header from Hazem Miawad and Nicky Petrozziello to open the scoring. Four minutes later it was Nicky P. from Cameron, and it only took another two minutes for Chris Cesario to give the Breakers a 3-0 halftime lead, with an assist from Jonas Melendez. In the second half, the attack intensified as the Tiger keeper was hit with the final 18 of the Breakers’ 28 shots on net, and along with Breaker Liam Habel, everyone seemed to join in the fray. In the 41st minute, it was Tyler Earl converting a rebound of a hard shot from Michael Loeffler. Nick Cousillas closed out the scoring six minutes later by muscling his way through two Tiger defenders and firing past their keeper from the right side for a 5-0 final for the Breakers. Breaker coaches Glenn Habel, Jim Petrozziello and Juan Melendez were glad to see their kids open things up on the offensive end and leave no doubt that the Breakers are hungry for more, as they gear up for their next away match against the Peninsula, S.C., Fighting Eagles.

The following are the results of the Tamarack Women’s Golf Association 18-Hole Group’s Sept. 13 outing — Nine blind holes, 50 percent handicap.

In flight A, Ann Lin came in first with a 29.5, followed by Chung Hee Lee with a 31 (MC) and Betty Long. Rita Reisert had low putts. Flight B’s winner was Doris Kohlberg with a 28.5, followed by Linda Weintraub with a 30.5 and Young Sook Kim with a 31. Claudia Homoki had low putts. Flight C first place went to Perry Pernice.

At the Sept. 6 outing —Best 18 of 36 — Flight A went to Young Sook Kim, followed by Chung Hee Lee and Charlotte Casey. Carolyn Meyer had low putts. Flight B’s winner was Claudia Homoki (MC), followed by Meryl Abramowitz and Judi Weinberg. Flight C first place went to Joan March, with second to Agnes Olsson and third to Perry Pernice. Elaine Gerstein had low putts.

The 2006 Old Bridge Hustlers U10 girls softball team will be having its tryouts for the spring 2006 season on Sunday, Oct. 16, at Sandburgh Middle School. Any girl interested in playing tournament level class B girls softball and was born in 1995 or later is eligible. The team is also seeking a manager and coach for the spring season as well. Contact Sweo@msn.com for more information.

The U9 Old Bridge Thunder girls soccer team won its third game of the season, defeating the Howell Firecrackers 3-1. After a nearly scoreless first half, Samantha Potts scored off an assist from Kerri Caruso with less than a minute to play in the first half. The girls then methodically widened the gap in the second half when Kristina Hourican kicked an awesome corner shot for an unassisted goal, and Gianna Taranto carried the ball from the midfield line for an unassisted goal. The defense allowed only one goal late in the second half. Gina Colamonico made four saves as defenders Angelique Giglio, Alyssa Kramer, Vanessa Mantione and Nicole Velez kept the ball on the attacking side of the field most of the game. The Thunder girls’ offense was impressive with great teamwork and passing by Alexis Suarez, Meaghan Kenny, Alexandria D’Acunto and Tanvi Lodhia.

In Central Jersey Pop Warner Football Midget action, the Raritan Bay Cougars won their third straight game, beating the Sayreville Leprechauns, 25-0. Eric Eyerman had a huge game on both sides of the ball. He caught two TD passes from Michael Larson and also returned an interception for a TD. Larson also hit Chris Vuolo for a 15-yard score. The Cougar defense also got big plays from Joe Geronimo and Stuart Luciow. David Milewski played well on both sides of the ball for the Leprechauns.

The East Brunswick Hurricanes U11 boys travel basketball team will be holding its First Annual Halloween Hoops Basketball Tournament the weekend of Oct. 28. The tournament is open to all U11 boys travel or parish teams — no AAU teams eligible. Teams will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Eric Veit at (732) 432-8442 for details.

The Old Bridge Youth Hockey Instructional Program is accepting registrations for its 11-week fall program, which begins Oct. 9 at the Old Bridge Sports Arena and is sponsored by the township Department of Parks, Recreation & Social Services. Youngsters will be taught the fundamentals of hockey, including stickhandling, passing and shooting. Participants are required to wear full equipment. The sessions are broken into two age groups: 5-8 and 9-13. The 5-8 group runs Sundays 5:15-6:30 p.m., the older group runs 6:45-8:15 p.m. The cost is $250 for Old Bridge residents and $300 for nonresidents. For more information, visit the arena Monday through Thursday between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. or call John Piccolo at (732) 721-5600, ext. 4025, or (732) 679-8339.

The Morgan Magic girls 16U fastpitch travel softball team is looking for several players to complete their roster for the 2006 season. To make arrangements for a tryout, or for additional information, contact coach Brian at (732) 742-9146 or coach Gary at (732) 727-7506, or via e-mail at saamagic@aol.com

The Middlesex County College Women’s soccer team is looking for players. Anyone currently enrolled or interested in finding out how to participate is asked to call head coach John Callaghan at (732) 906-7721, or athletic director Robert Wisniewski (732) 906-2558.

Sayreville Soccer Association Recreation League is accepting late registrations.

For more information, contact Diane Forrest at (732) 727-7368 or e-mail Diane at ssa_workbonds@verizon.net.

The Old Bridge Rockets soccer team is looking for a goalkeeper and one or two position players born between Aug. 1, 1992, and July 31, 1993. Last season, the Rockets were 19-0-1 in MOSA National 2 and National 1. The Rockets will play in the U13 MOSA Premier division starting in September. They practice two days per week, and have a trainer who has been with the team for the past four years. They enter into approximately 7-8 competitive tournaments a year, playing other Premier and Elite teams. For more information, call Chuck Mantione at (732) 583-2227.