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Jul, 2021

Monmouth-Ocean Soccer Association Crowns MOSA Curci Cup Champions

Justin Polkowitz, NJYS Contributor

The Monmouth-Ocean Soccer Association (MOSA) recently wrapped up the 2021 Spring MOSA Curci Cup Challenge, crowning its champions at the Vanderburg Soccer Complex in Marlboro, N.J. Winners arose from the 10U-16U Boys and 14U-16U Girls divisions. The final matchups in Marlboro featured teams that had earned the right to play for their respective age groups through success in a single elimination tournament that ran over the course of seven weeks (starting on May 1st).

Spring MOSA Curci Cup Champions crowned on 6/19/21 in Marlboro:

10U Boys: Ocean Township SA Lightning Red

12U Boys: Peninsula Dynamic Dawgs

14U Boys: Jackson SC Titans

14U Girls: Neptune SA Cosmos

15U Boys: Bulldogs SC

16U Boys: Mercer United FC Raptors

16U Girls: Jackson SC Power

10U BOYS

A high level of competitiveness was on full display throughout the day at the Vanderburg Soccer Complex. After a tight first half in the 10U Boys Final, Ocean Township SA Lightning Red pulled away for a decisive 7-3 victory against South River Future Stars.

“They don’t give up. In a lot of our games, we are down one or two goals. They would pick their heads up, keep fighting and come back. That’s what they did in this game,” said Melissa Makower and Barry Renvoize, coaches of Ocean Township SA Lightning. “We have both coached other teams, but one thing that makes this one so special is that every single one of these kids is nice and supports each other. Our parents are fantastic. We get tremendous support from them, and they let us do what we need to do.”

12U BOYS

Peninsula Dynamic Dawgs were dominant on both ends of the pitch against the Sayreville Cobras in the 12U Boys Final, as their defense cleared away any danger to hold on for a shutout victory. Peninsula’s strong defensive abilities proved to be the difference with their play out of the back allowing for numerous opportunities to finish.

“This feels terrific. It is great to watch these boys battle, and they had to win three games just to get here today,” said Bruno D’uva, head coach of Peninsula Dynamic Dawgs. “They played very competitively in their flight and were able to pull it off today with a win. Today’s opponent was also a team we lost to twice during the season.

“They are great sportsmen,” D’uva continued. “They all live in town together and play other sports together. They have a lot of camaraderie between them. They may not always be the best team on the field, but they are always building each other up and working their hardest. They end up prevailing because of their teamwork.”

14U BOYS

The 14U Boys Final finished 2-1 in favor of the Jackson SC Titans, but it took a lot of perseverance for them to get the upper hand against a very strong Union Beach team.

“It became really special right after the break from Covid because not everyone was able to play, but most of the kids came back as we kept battling, training and conditioning, which really helped us,” said Jeff Behm, head coach of the Jackson SC Titans. “We have a tight team, which really contributes to their winning spirit.”

14U GIRLS

Neptune SA Cosmos registered a 2-0 win against Toms River Futbol Wambach to take the 14U Girls MOSA Curci Cup title. The final score seemed a fitting end to a championship display that showcased strong defense and goalkeeper play.

“The girls played really well together. It was a long season that really culminated today due to all their hard work,” said Michael McGhee, Neptune SA Cosmos coach. “This team is a true testament of playing with and for each other as there is no individual standout. When they come together and are on the same page sharing the same mission, ball and space everything we teach them technically, the results speak for themselves. Teamwork pays off.”

15U BOYS

The 15U Boys Final went back and forth with both teams looking for chances, but it was Bulldogs SC who came out on top to take home a 3-2 victory.

“This feels wonderful as it is not our first go-round. We won it together two years ago with both of our teams,” said Jimmy Marku and Johe Gallegos, coaches of Bulldogs SC.

Coach Jimmy Marku emphasized the diversity of their team.

“If you honestly look at our team, there is no two alike when you are talking about size, speed, strength and ego. Our biggest thing is that club is family. They are 20 brothers growing together.”

16U BOYS

The Mercer United FC Raptors put on a scoring clinic to win 8-2 in the 16U Boys Final. This victory marked the second time that the Mercer United FC Raptors won the MOSA Curci Cup.

“These kids are respectful, work hard and show up because they know what we expect from them,” said Tom Zola, Mercer United FC Raptors coach. “For example, if something goes wrong, we are able to come down on them because they understand that we are just trying to make them better.”

16U GIRLS

Two strong defensive sides met in the 16U Girls Final, and goals proved hard to come by as Jackson SC Power defeated Howell United SC Chaos by a narrow 1-0 margin that needed PKs to decide a winner.

“My team has been playing through injuries all season, so this was the first game where a majority of our players were back. It was great to see what they can do together as a team,” said John Spalthoff, Jackson SC Power head coach. “This team is special because these girls all love each other. They all care about each other. They are super involved in other activities, are all good students, and they have a good time on and off the field.”

More than 120 teams participated in the 2021 MOSA Curci Cup to create a very competitive and exciting tournament that challenged each team’s skill and discipline.

Other Spring MOSA Curci Cup Champions in games played prior to the 6/19/21 include:

9U Boys: Marlboro Spartans Gold

9U Girls: German Athletic Kickers Eagles

10U Girls: Freehold Freedom

11U Boys: Howell Sharks

11U Girls: Colts Neck Mini Cougars

12U Girls: Holmdel Sky Blue

13U Boys: Old Bridge Bulldogs

13U Girls: Hibernian Barbarians

15U Girls: Old Bridge Girls Soccer Warriors

The MOSA Curci Cup Challenge is a competition open exclusively for teams that play in the Monmouth-Ocean Soccer Association (MOSA). This competition places teams in the top flight of an age group against teams in the lower flight of the age group above it.  As displayed by its title, MOSA is a soccer association with teams that compete in the Monmouth and Ocean Counties of New Jersey. MOSA is a member of New Jersey Youth Soccer, and the league conducts operations in line with NJYS policies. Since 2019, the MOSA Cup Series was named in tribute of long-time MOSA President and NJYS Treasurer Ben Curci to honor his legacy.

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