Middletown Metrodogs: My Site News

Monday, March 26
MetroDogs return from Jefferson Cup 1-1-1

The MetroDogs returned from the Jefferson Cup with a 1-1-1 record.  The first game was a 2-2 tie vs Bavarain S.C. of Milwaukee, WI.  Bavarian opened the scoring in the first half.  The MetroDogs equalized and took the lead as Dylan Elias scored off a loose ball in the box.  Kyle Engelken scored the second goal off a nice cross from Kevin Papa on the left side.  Sebastian Fountain was in nets and made a spectacular save in the second half.

In the second match the MetroDogs beat the Richmond Strikers Elite 2-0, in a game that should have been 5 -0, as the MetroDogs failed to finish many quality chances.  Malik Watson opened the scoring in the first half, as he knocked in Dylan Elias' cross from the right side.  The MetroDog's scored the second goal, when Kevin Monaghan found himself unmarked on the back post, as he tapped in a corner kick.  James Merges, Ryan Farley, Nick Revano and Dan Eynisfeld were excellent, on the back line, to preserve the shutout.

In final match for first place in the "Classic" bracket, the MetroDogs lost to Parsippany S.C. 2-0.  The MetroDogs came out flat in the first half and failed to finish 2-3 quality chances.  Hats off to Parsippany's keeper who made several quality saves, as well his best friend the crossbar.  The MetroDogs almost equalized off a corner kick, when Austen McGregor's head ball struck the crossbar.  With time running out the MetroDogs continued to press forward and gave up a Parsippany counter attack for the final goal.



Wednesday, January 25
MetroDogs to accepted to Jefferson Cup
The Middletown S.C. MetroDogs have been accepted to the prestigious Jefferson Cup 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. The Jefferson Cup is one of the top ranked tournaments in the United States, with hundreds of college coaches in attendance.  Schedule to be released on Feb 15.

Friday, November 25
MetroDogs go undefeated at PDA College Showcase

The MetroDogs opened day one at the PDA College Showcase with a win and tie over highly ranked Black Watch Premier #8 in NY and Ironbound S.C of Newark.  The MetroDogs scored in the first half against Black Watch, when Kevin Monaghan headed in Dylan Elias'  cross from the left side.  The rest of the game was a battle between the 18 yard boxes.

In the second match, the MetroDogs and Ironbound battled to a 1-1 tie.  Ironbound opened the scoring in the first half with some nice combination play.  The MetroDogs came out in the second half with more determination, as evidenced by Dave Nigro's nifty play on the right side and subsequent perfect pass to Mike Allen, who slammed the ball into the back of the net.  Ironbound then received 3 yellow and 1 red card, as the MetroDogs maintained their composure and a clean sheet with the cards.  Ironbound was to denied one last time in the closing minutes, as Mitch Walier of the MetroDogs, made a great save over the crossbar.   

In the closing match between MetroDogs and PDA, the Middletown came out flying in the first half with 4 quality chances inside the 6yd box, but no goals to show for their efforts.  PDA opened the scoring in the closing minutes of the first half with a blast from 25 yds.   MetroDogs came out of the break and equalized, as Steven McGeever made a great turn and feed to Austen McGregor, who finished with his left foot to the back post.  Mitch Walier made a super save in the 2nd half that had the crowd wooing.  Also, great job all weekend by MetroDog backline of James Merges, Dan Eynisfeld, Kevin Campfield, Ryan Farley, Kevin Papa and Nick Revano, as they gave up only 2 goals in 3 games.  Overall, a great weekend and showing by the MetroDogs at the premier College Showcase on the east coast.

Saturday, November 12
MetroDogs win MAPS opener

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Middletown and Cherry Hill Phoenix 94' competed in the MAPS opener for the U17 season.  Cherry Hill opened the scoring in the first half as their forward popped the ball over the MetroDog keeper from 16 yards out.

The MetroDogs got on the scoreboard early in the 2nd half.   Dylan Elias sent a  thru ball into Kevin Monaghan, who beat the keeper off the dribble, then chipped toward the goal mouth, Austen McGregor picked up the loose ball and burried it from 8 yds out.  Nick Revano scored the second goal off another loose ball from a corner kick.   Cherry Hill attempted to clear the ball off the line several times, but Revano headed the final clearance into the net for the game winner.

Dan Eynisfeld, James Merges and Ryan Farley provided strong on the back line support for the MetroDog's keeper Mitch Walier, who came up big with a 2nd half save over the crossbar.



Monday, October 31
MetroDogs accepted to PDA College Showcase
The Middletown S.C. MetroDogs have been accepted to the PDA College Showcase to be played November 25 & 26 in Zarepath, NJ. This high level tournament is attended by top teams in the Northeast region and College coaches throughout the country. 

Monday, August 8
MetroDogs complete successful Summer program

This Summer, 10 MetroDogs competed for the MSSL MAPS All Star team.  The team played in 4 tournaments and were able to win the Central Jersey Invitational, while earning a finalist's position in the Pocono Cup and MAPS Classic.  The MSSL MAPS All Stars compiled 11-3-4 record and included Kevin Campfield, Marc Krivitzky, Steven McGeever, Austen McGregor, James Merges, Kevin Monaghan, Dave Nigro,  Kevin Papa, Austin Steady and Mitch Walier.

Also, congrats to MetroDog's Eric Bulvid and Mitch Walier, as both players represented New Jersey's Olympic Developmental Program (ODP) this summer.

Good luck to all the MetroDogs, as they begin preseason training for their respective High Schools. 


Thursday, June 16
MetroDogs crush #9 ranked Toms River

On a beautiful Thursday night, the MetroDogs finished off the 2011 MAPS season with a huge win over Toms River Elite Strikers 6-2 at Fairview Fields.  Toms River opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the first 10 minutes and then the wheels fell off their wagon, as the MetroDogs scored six unanswered goals against the #9 ranked team in New Jersey.  Kevin Papa, Marc Krivitzsky, Kevin Campield all scored with the first half goals.

Steven McGeever, Kevin Monaghan (on a great pass from Dan Eynisfeld) and Austen McGregor each chipped in with second half goals, as the MetroDogs dominated the match.  Toms River scored their 2nd goal on a penalty kick in the closing minutes.  Mitch Walier made several key saves in the first half, before the MetroDogs began their onslaught on the Toms River goal.

Great Spring season for the MetroDogs as they went 8-2-1 , while going undefeated in their last 6 games. 

Monday, June 13
MetroDogs shutout MatchFit
The MetroDogs notched their 4th consecutive shutout, as they beat MatchFit 3-0 on the turf at Montclair Kimberly Academy.  Steven McGeever opened the scoring in the first half, as he one timed Kyle Engleken feed from the right side.  McGeever then added a second goal, as he toe poked a shot to the back post.  Kevin Papa picked up the 3rd goal, as he nut megged the keeper.  Kevin Monaghan returned to action and helped keep the pressure off keeper Mitch Walier.  James Merges and Ryan Weilheimer were relentless on the back line and limited MatchFit to any serious chances.

Thursday, June 9
Dog day afternoon

The MetroDogs and North Hunterdon Attack battled the 95+ degree heat on sweltering Wednesday evening.  The MetroDogs controlled much of the run of play during the first half and generated many shots, but couldn't find the back of the net.  Mitch Walier notched his third consecutive shutout, with excellent back line help from Kyle Engleken and Daniel Eynisfeld.  The MetroDogs began to fatigue in the 2nd half, but were able to score the game winner with less than 5 minutes left in the game, as Kevin Papa flipped the ball over the keeper's to himself and then headed the ball just over the goal line.  Great total team effort by the MetroDogs. 


Sunday, June 5
MetroDogs win 4-0
The MetroDogs traveled to Pennsylvania on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to play the Ukranian Nationals in Horsham.  The MetroDogs won 4-0 with only 12 players available.  Mitch Walier was excellent in net and came up with a great save in each half.  Austen McGregor opened the scoring, as he one timed Kevin Papa's cross from the left side in the first half.  Steven McGeever opened the scoring in the second half, when he drilled McGregor's cross from the top of the box.  Marc Krivitzky got behind the Ukranian defense several times and added two more insurance goals, as the MetroDogs dominated the second half.  James Merges did a great job filling in at center back.

Monday, May 9
MetroDogs drop out of US Club State Cup

MetroDogs and Ironbound continued to alternate wins and eliminate each other in State Cup competition, as Ironbound advanced with a 1-0 win at Rutgers-Newark Athletic Complex.    Ironbound opened the scoring in the first half, with head ball from a corner kick.  Ironbound had the run of play for most the first half and even missed a penalty kick.  

The MetroDogs settled down in the 2nd half and had a few chances, but could not escape the constant fouling. The constant fouls were then followed by several yellow cards and an Ironbound red card, but the MetroDogs ran out of time and could not sustain the pressure. 

Monday, May 2
Mostly McGeever
Steven McGeever continues to lead the MetroDogs, as he added two more goals to his collection  and a third goal by Kevin Papa was all the MetroDogs needed to win 3-1 vs Medford Strikers.   McGeever volleyed in a first half cross from the right side for his first goal, then McGeever calmly knocked in a rebound following Dave Nigro's consecutive shots off of each post.  Nigro also had a beautiful assist, as he found Papa's head on the back post with a curling cross from the right corner of the box.  Ryan Weilheimer and Kevin Campfield did a great job filling in at center back for Kevin Monaghan.

Wednesday, April 27
It is all McGeever

The MetroDogs advanced in the US Club State Cup with a 3-1 victory over highly rated  NJ Rangers FC.  Steven McGeever led the way, for the MetroDogs, with 3 first half goals.  Connor Ryan and James Merges each added an assist on two of the goals.  MetroDog's back line were led by Ryan Weilheimer, Dan Eynisfeld and Kevin Monaghan as they excelled in keeping the pressure off of keeper Mitch Walier.  

Unfortunately. Monaghan took a knee in the back, but somehow finished the game.  He has been a true warrior since day 1, when he began with the club as a 7 year old.  After the game Monaghan was taken to the hospital and is in Intensive Care with tear to his renal pelvis  (kidney).  Our thoughts and prayers are with the Monaghan family.

Sunday, April 24
MetroDogs play short in NJ State Cup

MetroDogs lose NJ State Cup match at  Freehold 3-2.  In a game marred by scheduling gamesmanship vs sportsmanship, the MetroDogs played without 5 teammates.  With an unusual 5:30pm weekday start time, the MetroDogs found themselves with no substitutes for the first half.  

The MetroDogs gave up two early goals and then settled into the second half, as two players finally arrived. Steven McGeever opened the scoring in the 2nd half with a tremendous bicycle kick off of Connor Ryan's throw in. The MetroDogs continued to press Freehold, but many shots were missed their mark, as the host team struggled to provide a replacement ball for the match.  With about 10 minutes left in the match, the MetroDogs found the net, as Connor Ryan drilled a shot from over 30 yards.   Considering the circumstances, an all around great effort by the MetroDogs.

Saturday, April 9
MetroDogs advance in US Club State Cup

The MetroDogs came out a little flat a gave up an early goal, but regrouped and scored the next three goals.  The MetroDogs were led by Austen McGregor and Dave Nigro, as each player had a goal and an assist.  Mark Krivitzky scored the 3rd goal and Kevin Campfield also had an assist on the second goal.

MetroDogs 3   Ocean City FC  1 

Next up is NJ Rangers for the MetroDogs in the State Cup. 


Sunday, April 3
MetroDogs win MAPS opener

The MetroDogs and Hamilton ATTACK faced off, in the MAPS opener, at newly resodded Fairview Fields.  Kevin Papa opened the scoring in the second half as he buried a left footed blast from 14 yards.  Dave Nigro added a second goal, as he neatly knocked in Kyle Engelken's cross from the left side.

Connor Ryan chipped in at goalie for about 50 minutes, as Mitch Walier closed out the match to shutout the ATTACK 2-0. MetroDogs back line of Kevin Monaghan, Ryan Weilheimer, Dan Eynisfeld and James Merges were flawless in defense.


Monday, March 7
Tab Ramos High School Indoor Champions

Congratulations to all of the players as they went undefeated in the Tab Ramos High School Indoor Soccer League.  Playing under the name, Middletown United, they scored 63 goals while only giving up 6 in 12-0 season.

Big thanks the Mike Nigro and Gary Weilheimer, as they led the team to its second HS Indoor Championship in three years. 

Sunday, December 5
MetroDogs go unbeaten at Winter Classic in Philadelphia

The MetroDogs were unbeaten this weekend, at the Winter Classic Tournament at the Philadelphia Soccer Club, with two ties and two wins.  The MetroDog opened the weekend vs South Jersey Baron-Elite in a 2-2 game that was a battle between the 18 yard boxes. Kevin Campfield opened the scoring for the MetroDogs as he beat the keeper 1 v 1 at the back post.  The MetroDogs also scored on an own goal from a corner kick.

In the second match vs Garnett Valley S.C. (Eastern PA), the MetroDogs dominated play for the entire game and created 6-7 excellent chances, but couldn't find the back of the net, as the game ended in 0-0 tie.

The third match vs Black Watch Premier (Rhode Island) was a battle of the elements.  An 8:30am start time featured a frozen field, 29 degree temperature, combined with high winds.  Once again, the MetroDogs dominated play, but struggled with controlling the ball on the frozen pitch.  The MetroDogs were able to win the match 1-0, as Steven McGeever lifted a shot over the keeper's head in the first half.

In the final match of the weekend, the MetroDogs faced off vs Ukranian Nationals (Eastern PA).  Once again, the cold temperatures, frozen field and high winds were the main factors of this match.  The MetroDogs spent the first half against the wind and generated a few chances and went into the halftime break at 0-0.  In the 2nd half, with the wind at their backs, the MetroDogs were able to take advantage, as James Merges  knocked in Kevin Papa's rebound from a free kick.  The MetroDogs scored their 2nd goal as Marc Krivitzky had some nifty footwork down the left side and found Malik Watson at the top of the box, who ripped a low shot at the back post.  Kevin Monaghan and Ryan Weilheimer were great all weekend on the back line filling in for an injured Eric Bulvid. 


Monday, November 22
Two MetroDogs win HS State Championship
Congratulations to Eric Bulvid and Mitch Walier.  Both MetroDogs represented Holmdel High School in the NJ Group III High School State Final game vs Chatham High School.  Holmdel won the game 2-1.  What a great year for these two young men,  a U15 finalist in the NJ Youth Soccer Championship with the MetroDogs and HS State Championship with Holmdel.  Congratulations to both families.

Monday, November 22
MetroDogs and Ocean
The MetroDogs and Ocean played Sunday afternoon game at Fairview Fields.  Both teams were deadlocked at half with no serious chances.  Ocean took the lead on penalty kick with about 15 minutes in the game.  Ocean capitalized off a loose rebound in the final minutes and took a 2-0 lead.  For the MetroDogs, Mitch Walier made two outstanding 2nd half saves as Sam Sugarman excelled at right back for the MetroDogs. 

Monday, November 22
MetroDogs open Fall MAPS season
The MetroDogs travelled to Parsippany S.C. in their first game for the Fall MAPS season.  The game was a thriller.  The MetroDog's opened the game with the first goal, as Steven McGeever's full volley off a Kevin Papa cross found the upper corner.  Parsippany rallied and equalized on a counter attack with a near post blast.  The MetroDogs took the lead 2-1 after Austen McGregor was taken down in the penalty area and McGeever notched his 2nd goal with a penalty kick.  Parsippany equalized at 2-2 with a penalty kick.  The MetroDogs ran out of gas in the last 10 minutes, as the Dogs had 11 players and no substitutes.  Parsippany took a 3-2 lead off a tremendous header from the back post.

Tuesday, June 22
2010 Jersey Shore and Rider Cup Champions

Monday, June 21
Cardiac kids win 2010 Rider Cup

The MetroDogs continued their unbeaten streak when faced with penalty kicks.  The MetroDog's won the 2010 Rider Cup semi and final games on penalty kicks, as the MetroDogs went 3-1-1 (Deptford Lightning, Lake Grove, NY, FC Premier United and Warrington United #6 in Penn) in the sweltering heat at Ft. Dix. 

The final game vs Lake Grove, NY was a battle of endurance and effort, as several MetroDogs couldn't even play the first two thirds of the game, but were able to regroup for the final 1/3 of the game. 

Great collective effort by all the MetroDogs, enjoy your summer.

Sunday, June 13
MetroDogs win Jersey Shore Cup

The MetroDogs won all 4 games of the 2010 Jersey Shore Cup.  The MetroDogs defeated Tinton Falls, US Parma Ragazzi, Dutch Total Soccer - PSV and beat Ocean Wizzards in the final 2-1.

Monday, June 7
MetroDogs get a tie on the road
The MetroDogs and South Jersey Barrens battled the opressive 94 heat degree heat and remained tied at 0-0.  The MetroDogs came out early, as Kevin Papa was robbed by a great kick save in the opening minutes.  The heat caused some tempers to flare toward the end of 1st half, as Connor Hughes was taken out from behind with a studs up tackle.  Hughes was packed in ice and sent for xrays.  Ryan Weilheimer's total effort was outstanding at center mid, as was Daniel Eynisfeld at right back for the entire 80 minutes.  MetroDog keeper Mitch Walier notched another shut out for the season

Sunday, May 23
2010 NJ State Cup National Championship Finalist

State Cup Finalist

Monday, May 24
PDA Harkes 2 Middletown S.C. MetroDogs 1

The Middletown MetroDogs and PDA Harkes competed in the 2010 NJ State Cup National Championship at Cross Farm Fields in Holmdel, NJ.

PDA scored first on a headball off a tremendous throw in from the right side.  The MetroDog's never die attitude was rewarded, as Sam Sugarman was able to knockin Austen McGregor's rebound and tie the game at 1-1. Also, in the first half, Kevin Campfield was able to get behind the PDA backline and cracked a missle just over the crossbar. 

The rest of the match was a battle between the 18 yard boxes, as both teams prepared for a possible overtime.  Once again, the MetroDog's stubborn backline, led by Kevin Monaghan and James Merges, were relentless in defense for keeper Mitch Walier. 

Unfortunately,  a MetroDog foul near the corner of the penalty area, awarded PDA a free kick.  After a short conference with the asssitant ref, the center ref chose to reward a penalty kick.   PDA Harkes capitalized and went on to win 2-1. 

Great effort, achievement and memories provided by the MetroDogs, we are very proud of your continued development. 



Saturday, May 22
MetroDogs win and advance to final of NJ State Cup

In a epic battle, once again Middletown MetroDogs and Ironbound competed in the NJ State Cup semi final.  For the fourth consecutive meeting, these two teams finished the game with a one differential, as the MetroDogs prevailed 2-1 and did not require overtime or penalty kicks to win.

Ironbound scored early on a trickler that squeaked in at the far post.  Toward the end of the first half, Connor Ryan was taken down from behind, which resulted in the first red card of the game for Ironbound.  The MetroDog equalized as Sam Sugarman had some nifty combination play on the left side and Ryan was able to score on pass from Sugarman.  Unfortunately, the MetroDogs received a second yellow and both teams were playing a man down.  Ironbound received a second red card of the match, as Stephen McGeever was head butted to the ground and taken to the hospital with a concussion. 

The MetroDogs capitalized on the man advantage, as Dave Nigro knocked in a rebound and scored the game winner with a rocket in the final 10 minutes.  MetroDogs face PDA Harkes for the NJ State Cup Championship tomorrow at 11:00am

Go luck Dogs. 


Monday, May 17
Rematch is on

The Middletown MetroDogs and Ironbound Inter will play this Saturday at Cross Farm Fields, Holmdel, NJ in the semi finals of the U15 NJ State Cup National Championship. 

The winner advances to play Pasco vs PDA Harkes on Sunday.

Come on out and support the MetroDogs!!!

Saturday, May 8
MetroDogs advance to the "Final Four"

Once again it took the full 80 minutes, 30 minutes of overtime and a round of penalty kicks, but the MetroDogs win again and advance to the semi finals of the NJ State Cup.

On a warm but blustery day, the MetroDogs travelled to Morris Catholic H.S. to play #2 ranked NJ Rangers.  The MetroDogs opened the scoring as Connor Ryan headed home James Merges' free kick.  Just moments later  NJ Rangers equalized.  The rest of the match was battled between the 18 yard boxes, as neither team generated many quality chances.

James Merges, Austen McGregor and Kevin Papa each buried their penalty kicks and Mitch Walier was outstanding in nets for the MetroDogs, as he saved three penalty kicks.

Wednesday, May 5
MetroDogs and Toms River deadlocked
MetroDogs and Toms River competed in a Tuesday night match at Lincroft Acres.  The MetroDog's opened the scoring on Dave Nigro's corner kick, which was headed toward the back post by Eric Bulvid and knocked in by an opportunistic Connor Hughes.  Unfortunately, the MetroDog's lost possession in the midfield and gave up two counter attacks, while finding themselves trailing 2-1 at half.  MetroDogs equalized in the 2nd half, as Austen McGregor was taken down in the box and converted the penalty kick.

Friday, April 30
MetroDogs exit US Club State Cup

The MetroDogs and Ironbound S.C. have played in three state cup matches.  Each game has been hard fought and determined by one goal.  Each team had won a State Cup match and on a beautiful Thurday night at Lincroft Acres, Ironbound defeated the MetroDogs 2-1. 

Unfortunately, the game was marred by physical play, multiple yellow cards, red card, bloody nose, police intervention and an attempt to steal the game ball.   The MetroDogs refused to backdown were relentless in their effort for 80 minutes, as they played a man down for the final 45 minutes. 

Ironbound opened the scoring in the first 15 minutes with a tremendous individual effort on the right side.  The MetroDogs equalized as Austen McGregor knocked in a loose ball in the box.  Ironbound scored the game winner off a head ball in the first 10 minutes of the second half.  Tremendous effort by all the MetroDogs, but especially to the back line of Daniel Eynisfeld, Eric Bulvid, Kevin Monaghan and James Merges, who displayed great grit and determination for the entire game.

Sunday, April 25
MetroDogs advance on penalty kicks
The MetroDogs and East Brunswick competed in NJ State Cup game at Lincroft Acres.  The MetroDogs were able to take the lead as Connor Ryan opened the scoring in the first 15 minutes.  East Brunswick was not to be denied and able to counter with two 1st half goals.  Kevin Campfield sent the game into overtime as he was able to finish a missed clear in the box.  The score remained tied after two overtime periods.  The MetroDogs only needed four penaltly kicks, as Connor Ryan, James Merges, Steven McGeever and Kevin Papa were able to convert and Mitch Walier made two saves on East Brunswick's attempts.  

Sunday, April 25
MetroDogs regroup in 2nd half
MetroDogs came out a bit flat in a Saturday afternoon MAPS game.  South Jersey Elite visited Lincroft Acres on a beautiful day and opened the scoring with a first half penalty kick.  The MetroDogs regrouped for the 2nd half  and tied the game, as Kevin Papa and Kevin Campfield's nice combination play on the left side created a thru ball to Austen McGregor, who neatly beat the keeper 1 v 1.  With time running out in the 2nd half, Dave Nigro's slotted a perfect thru ball to McGregor, who got behind SJ Elite's back line beat the keeper at the back post. 

Wednesday, April 21
MetroDogs prevail in Dogfight!

Middletown MetroDogs and Jersey United Bulldogs (#5 in NJ), faced off on beautiful night at Lincroft Acres in the US Club State Cup.  The MetroDogs came out flying as Austen McGregor and Kevin Papa each scored in the first half.  In addition, Kevin Campfield and Sebastian Fountain each had two near misses in the first half.  The MetroDogs midfield and and backline were relentless in defending their goal as Jersey United ramped up their intensity in the 2nd half.  James Merges, Ryan Weilheimer and Eric Bulvid were nearly flawless all evening, as the MetroDogs notched their 3rd consecutive shutout in State Cup games.   Mitch Walier made two outstanding saves in each half.

Sunday, April 18
MetroDogs win on penalty kicks

The MetroDogs and South Jersey Barons battled through regulation time, two overtime periods and one round of penalty kicks but were still tied in the NJ State Cup.  Kevin Monaghan converted the sixth penalty kick and Mitch Waliers saved the Baron's final attempt, as the MetroDogs advance to the next round vs East Brunswick. 

Steven McGeever, James Merges, Austen McGregor and Kevin Papa each scored on their penalty kicks.  The MetroDogs and Jersey United will play tuesday night, at Lincroft Acres, in the next round of the US Club State Cup.

Saturday, April 10
MetroDogs advance in State Cup
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, New Generation Inter and the Middletown MetroDogs competed in the US Club State Cup at Lincroft Acres.  Steven McGeever's left footed blast into the upper net was all the MetroDogs needed in the first half for the win.  Kevin Papa led the MetroDogs back line, which thwarted New Generation all afternoon and gave up few chances on net.

Saturday, April 3
MetroDogs win bracket at College Showcase

The MetroDogs compiled a 3-0-1 record and win their bracket at the 2010 College Showcase. 

In Saturday's first match, Sronghold SSC opened up the game with an own goal, Connor Ryan scored the 2nd on a nice individual effort in the 1st half.  In the 2nd half, Dave Nigro and Sam Sugarman each found the net, as Mitch Walier scored his first goal with a penalty kick.

The second match vs Pasco Stallions was for first place.  Each team was 3-0.  The game ended in a 0-0 deadlock, as each team battled equally between the 18 yard boxes, with few serious attempts at goal. 

Congrats to the MetroDogs backline for surrendering only one goal all weekend and winning bracket on goal differential. Great job by Coach Donnie Gray in his first tournament with the MetroDogs.


Friday, April 2
MetroDogs open with two wins at Ft. Dix
The MetroDogs opened the College Bound soccer tournament at Ft. Dix with an impressive 2-0 win over White Plains Elite.  Kevin Campfield and Austen McGregor led the MetroDogs with a goal and assist in both games.  The MetroDogs added another 2-1 win vs BC United Fusion as Connor Ryan scored his second goal of the tournament with a direct kick from over 35 yards.  Daniel Eynisfeld was outstanding all day at right back for the MetroDogs.

Friday, April 2
MetroDogs split MAPS double header

The MetroDogs opened their MAPS season with a 5-0 win over #8 ranked Horsham SC from Eastern Penn.  Steven McGeever opened the attack with a goal in the first half and chipped in a 2nd half goal as well. Austen McGregor added two goals, while Kevin Campfield ripped a one timer into the top shelf from 25 yards.

In the second match vs Mt. Laurel #4 in NJ, the MetroDogs controlled much of the play, but couldn't connect in the attacking 1/3.  Mt. Laurel was opportunistic and able to convert 3 shots on goal into 3 goals. 


Tuesday, March 23
Indoor season completed and MAPS season opens

The Middletown United, which included 11 MetroDogs and an older brother (thanks Matt Nigro) went 7-1-3 in the Tab Ramos High School Indoor league.  The single lost came in a playoff game vs Matawan, whose keeper was outstanding.

The MetroDogs open the Spring MAPS season with a double header this Sunday at Fairview Fields. 

Monday, December 7
MetroDogs battle PDA Harkes

On a blustery rain/snow Saturday afternoon, the MetroDogs got off to a slow start.  Battling the elements, combined with some sick and late arriving players, the MetroDogs spotted PDA Harkes with 2 goals in the first 8 minutes. 

The MetroDogs settled down after taking two on the chin and about 25 minutes in,  goalie Mitch Waliers got his first assist, as Austen McGregor received his punt and neatly beat the PDA central defender and keeper with his left foot.  Kevin Monaghan was stellar on the back line for the MetroDogs as he broke up several counter attacks.  Ryan Weilheimer, Steven McGeever and Dave Nigro did a great job keeping the midfield organized and limited PDA's chances to a minimum.

The MetroDogs scored their second goal, as Sam Sugarman gathered a ball at midfield, split two PDA defenders with a perfect thru ball to McGregor, who burried a right footed shot at the near post. 

PDA Harkes 3  Middletown MetroDogs 2

The MetroDogs will be competing as Middletown United in the Tab Ramos High School Winter Indoor League and coached by Mike Nigro and Gary Weilheimer.

Monday, November 30
MetroDogs open Fall MAPS 2009

The MetroDog's opened their U15 Fall MAPS season with the introduction of a new coach.  We welcome Donnie Gray to the MetroDog family.  Donnie is a former standout player with Rutgers and the NJ Ironmen.  Donnie also trained the MetroDogs last Spring.

The MetroDog's opened their season with a scrimmage and 3-2 win over the MSC White Knights.  Kevin Papa, Connor Hughes and Austen McGregor each chipped in a goal a piece.  Mitch Waliers and Sebastian Fountain made their debuts in gaol for the MetroDogs.

Rockville Centre Lighting #12 in NY visited on a beautiful Saturday.  Austen McGregor connected with Kevin Papa in the game's only goal.  Mitch Waliers and Sebastian Fountain each made an outstanding save on direct free kicks to shut out Rockville Centre.  Unfortunately, the game was tarnished by many undeserved yellow cards and two red cards, as Austin Steady also suffered a broken arm.

In the third match, the MetroDog's visited Upper Freehold-Allentown Attack.  The MetroDog's opened the scoring  as Connor Hughes was able to knock in a loose ball at the back post.  The MetroDogs had several excellent chances, as one shot hit the post and several others tricked just past the back post.  UFA-Attack was able to capitalize free kick before half and a 2nd half counter attack as they held on to a 2-1 lead.  The MetroDog's played well and created many chances, but didn't finish.

Monday, June 15
MetroDogs impressive at Jersey Shore Cup

MetroDogs opened up the Jersey Shore Cup vs Ocean Twp and came out with an impressive 3-1 win.  Kevin Campfield was outstanding, as he led Middletown with two goals and an assist.  Austen McGregor scored the other goal for the Dogs.

In the second match vs highly ranked (#2 in upstate NY) Syracuse Beat FC Samba, the MetroDogs scored early as Kevin Monaghan split the defense with a perfect thru ball to Austen McGregor, who neatly beat the keeper on the near post.  Unfortunately, the game got a little ugly, as Syracuse lost a player to a red card and MetroDogs lost Eric Bulvid to a knee injury.  Sam Altland was exceptional, in nets for the MetroDogs, as he notched his first shutout.

The MetroDogs then faced off against Marlton Red Devils, who had plenty of speed and determination.  Connor Ryan was man of the match, as he scored two gaals.  Dave Nigro had a beautiful assist on the second gaol.  Ryan Weilheimer and Mike Samilow controlled the central midfield and created many opportunites for the outside mids and forwards. Daniel Eynisfeld was stellar on the back line, as he was first to ball all game.

In the semi final match vs Glassboro Elite, the MetroDogs scored early and often.  Kevin Papa's  left footed full volley rocked the sidelines as he just missed the  crossbar.  Moments later, Papa redeemed himself with a right footed shot into the back of the net.  James Merges provided endless energy all over the field, as he played left back, left mid and right forward.  Kevin Campfield scored the second and third goals with two shots to the low back post.  Dave Nigro scored the final goal, on a great individual effort, as he ripped a rocket from the left side.

In the final match vs FC Premier, the MetroDogs came out flying and controlled most of the play.  Kevin Papa's header off a cross was cleared off the back line.  Moments later, Jason Bower's head ball hit the post.  Unfortunately,  the MetroDogs then gave up to two soft goals  before the half and almost a third, but Austin Steady cleared a ball off the line. The MetroDogs came back with an all out attck in the second half as Steven McGeever and Austen McGregor each scored and sent the game into overtime.  In overtime,  FC Premier picked up a loose ball in the defensive third, their forward's shot  hit the post, then the rebound  was tipped by Sam Altland  and then bounced off the other post, as it barely trickled in over the line.   A great final match by both teams, kudos to FC Premier.

A tremendous weekend for the MetroDogs and their families. 

Have a great summer and good luck to all the players as they begin their High School careers. 

Friday, June 12
MetroDogs close out MAPS season

The MetroDogs closed out the MAPS season.  In the first match vs. Bridgewater, the MetroDogs attacked well down the wings, as Kevin Campfield delivered several quality crosses, but the Dogs couldn't finish.  The MetroDogs dominated the game from a possession standpoint,  but unfortunately gave up one shot and lost 1-0.

In the second match vs US Parma, the MetroDogs came out with an all out offensive blitz.  US Parma played an agressive offsides trap.  Eric Bulvid and Austen McGregor each hit the crossbar in the opening minutes.  The MetroDogs opened the scoring, as Kevin Monaghan laid off a perfect ball to Connor Ryan, who beat the keeper top shelf from just inside the 18.  US Parma equalized before half with a penalty kick.  Kevin Monaghan scored the game winner as he finished off a rebound in the box. 


Tuesday, May 26
MetroDogs shutout at NJSA Cup

MetroDogs opened the tournament vs highly ranked North Hunterdon Attack.  James Merges was outstanding on the backline and was robbed, when his shot from 30 yards was deflected over the crossbar by the keeper.

In the second match vs Bayside, the MetroDogs played well but were haunted by another own goal and lost 1-0.  Sam Sugarman excelled for the MetroDogs and played a tenacious defensive center mid.

In the final match vs Parisppany, the MetroDogs failed to clear two 2nd half crosses and found themselves on the short end of a 2-0 loss.

Sunday, May 24
Metrodogs continue to play well and lose

MetroDog's lose to Freehold Legacy 2-1.  Legacy outworked the MetroDogs and converted a free kick in the first half.  The MetroDogs increased their work rate and equalized, as Kevin Campfield's strike from outside the box found the back of the net.  Legacy took the lead in the closing minutes on a good individual effort and finish.

In a double header at Lincroft Acres,  the MetroDogs faced off against an inspired MatchFit team.  MatchFit opened with a 1-0 lead off a MetroDog own goal.  Moments later, Kevin Monaghan was knocked down in the penalty area and then confidently converted his penalty kick.  Unfortunately, the MetroDogs lost control and gave up a penalty kick and another own goal.

In the second match of the day,  Next Level Soccer Academy visited the "Dog Pound".  MetroDog's opened the scoring, as Dave Nigro and Kevin Monaghan's nifty combination play, eventually found Kevin Papa open on the left side.  Papa calmly drove the ball toward the low back post and found the net.  Once again, the MetroDogs were haunted by and own goal and poor communication in the defensive 1/3 and lost 2-1.

Sunday, May 3
MetroDogs and #9 Ocean battle to tie
MetroDogs and Ocean battled to a 1-1 tie in Ocean Twp.  Austen McGregor opened the 2nd half scoring, as he buried a chip from Eric Bulvid.  James Merges and Daniel Eynisfeld provided excellent persistent backline work throughout the match, as the MetroDogs limited Ocean to a few chances.  Connor Ryan and Kevin Papa split the keeper duties.

Friday, May 1
MetroDogs, the week in review

MetroDogs travelled to PDA, in a saturday afternoon friendly match in Zarephat.  The game remained a friendly and scoreless for about 30 minutes, but PDA tapped in an uncleared ball in the box.  Moments later PDA capitalized on a free kick goal.  MetroDogs ran out of steam and allowed 3 second half goals.  Eric Bulvid returned to form, following a month long recovery from concussion.  Kevin Monaghan and Mike Samilow also played well against a great PDA team.

The MetroDogs the faced off against Cherry Hill F.C. at Fairview Fields.  The two teams battled to a 0-0 match.  Connor Ryan and James Merges each played a 1/2 in goal and notched the team's first shut out.  Cherry Hill's goalie was man of the match, as he robbed Austen McGregor in the closing minutes of the 2nd half.

Hamilton ATTACK came to Lincroft Acres on a beautiful Sunday match.  MetroDog's opened the scoring in this tight match, following a 1/2 dozen passes and beautiful cross by Ryan Weilheimer to Steven McGeever, who calmly struck the ball into the net.  Weilheimer gathered his second assist of the match, as his corner kick was knocked in by Dave Nigo in the closing minutes.  Sam Sugarman was outstanding in nets for the MetroDogs, as they recorded their 2nd shutout of the weekend.





Friday, April 17
MetroDogs lose in State Cup
On a beautiful Thursday evening, the MetroDogs had to overcome several missing players, injuries and an exceptionally talented NJSA United team (#2 in NJ), but came up short as they lost 5-0 at Thompson Park.  MetroDogs will attempt to regroup this weekend, as they face PDA Harkes (#1 in NJ).

Saturday, March 28
MetroDogs come up short

MetroDogs battle back from 3-0 deficit and lose to Millburn Patriots 3-2 at Lincroft Acres.  Millburn applied pressure early and often and took a 1-0 lead into the half. MetroDogs almost equalized, as Ryan Weilheimer's head ball off a corner kick, struck the crossbar.

Early into second half, Millburn coverted a penalty kick and moments later, added the third goal.  MetroDogs regrouped for the final 20 minutes and played their best soccer.  Ryan Weilheimer sent a ball across the box and off the crossbar, as Daniel Eynisfeld  knocked in the rebound.  Just minutes later, Kevin Monaghan lined up a loose ball from about 35 yards and absolutely struck a missle into the upper right corner.  Hats off to Millburn, they always come to play and have always provided a quality match for the MetroDogs. 

Monday, March 23
MetroDogs battle back for a tie

Ugly soccer ends up in 2-2 draw.  The first 20 minutes of this game looked more like a volleyball game, as the ball rarely stayed on the field turf.  Toms River Strikers were relentless, as they took a 2-0 lead into the half.  In a physical match, that had as many body slams to the turf (Eric Bulvid suffered a concussion on a game ending whistle), as goals, the MetroDogs settled down and controlled the 2nd half.  The MetroDogs scored their first goal, as Ryan Weilheimer's cross from the right side was headed in by Austen McGregor.  In the closing minutes, Kevin Papa made a 60 yard run, fed Kevin Campfield on the left side, who crossed to McGregor, as he finished to the back post.

Sunday, March 15
MetroDogs open MAPS season
The MetroDogs opened the Spring MAPS season vs #2 NJSA United and #10 Mt. Laurel Flame.  The Dogs were a little rusty in their first match vs NJSA and were shut out.  In the second match of the weekend, again the MetroDogs came out flat and were down 2-0 in the first 10 minutes.  Austen McGregor was able to open the scoring, in the 1st half, following an outstanding 2nd and 3rd effort by Kevin Papa.  MetroDogs came out flying in the second half, as Steven McGeever's two corner kicks were knocked in by Eric Bulvid and Connor Ryan.  Dave Nigro also scored for the MetroDogs, on a great effort and left footed rocket.  Austin Steady and Mike Samilow a provided solid back line help.

Tuesday, March 3
MetroDogs team up with brothers

Several Middletown MetroDogs and their older brothers teamed up to play in the Tab Ramos High School Indoor league.  Kevin & Gary Papa, Kevin & Steve Monaghan, Matt & Dave Nigro representing the Middletown Blazers, Howell Stykers and MetroDogs formed Middletown United for this indoor league. 

After losing their first game 3-2 to Manalapan HS, the team settled down and won 9 consecutive games and earned a#1 seed vs. several talented teams including Raritan HS and finals victory over Freehold Twp HS.  Ryan Weilheimer, Connor Ryan, Sam Sugarman and Austen McGregor also participated for the MetroDogs.

Big thanks to Mike Nigro and Gary Weilheimer, who helped guide the team and bring home the trophy.

Saturday, February 14
MAPS Spring 2009 tentative schedule is posted

Monday, December 29
2009 Indoor Training Schedule

Season's Greetings and Happy New Year from the MetroDogs.

The Winter 2009 Indoor Training schedule has been posted.  The MetroDogs will be training at the New Monmouth Baptist Church on Saturdays from 2:00-3:30, starting on January 10 thru March 7th. 


Sunday, November 16
MetroDogs close out MAPS with a win
MetroDogs close out their MAPS season with a 3-2 vs Americas United in Elizabeth, NJ.  The Dogs knocked in three 2nd half goals, as Austen McGregor (2) and Eric Bulvid were able to find the net.  Kudos to coach Gary and Joe as they guided the boys to victory, while allowing the ref to play a 90+ minute game.

Wednesday, November 12
MetroDogs struggle without keeper

The MetroDogs continue to struggle, as they lose four in a row, without the services of a full time goalie.  Montclair outplayed the MetroDogs in all aspects to win 3-0.  

Ocean knocked in a penalty kick in the closing minutes to win 2-1, Austen McGregor scored the lone goal on a nice strike from the left side, Ocean's forward had an equally impressive strike for their first goal. 

FC Delco #3 in PA came out poised to strike with 5 first half goals, MetroDogs settled down and only allowed 1 goal in the 2nd half.  Mike Samilow scored the lone goal for the Dogs, on a cross from McGregor. Kevin Monaghan and Eric Bulvid did great job, against one of most powerful players in this age group, in a 6-1 defeat.

YMS Celtic #1 in PA were able to score 3 first half goals, again the MetroDogs settled down, and played a scoreless 2nd half to a 3-0 result. 

MetroDogs close out the MAPS season this Sunday.

Thursday, October 30
Several Metrodogs represent their schools in All Star game
Congrats to all the MetroDogs that played in this year's Middle School All Star game:  Eric Bulvid, Ryan Farley, Connor Hughes, James Merges, Austen McGregor, Kevin Monaghan, Kevin Papa, Connor Ryan and Ryan Weilheimer.

Sunday, October 12
MetroDogs close out YMS tournament with a win

MetroDogs played in YMS Tournament this weekend. The Dogs opened up against PSC Coppa Elite.  The match was a see-saw battle as each team traded goals.  James Anderson opened the scoring as he volleyed Austen McGregor's cross.  Kevin Papa burried a loose ball at the top of the box for the 2nd goal.  PSC came back and took the lead in the closing minutes as MetroDogs were called for hand ball in the box.

In the second match, the Dogs faced highly skilled Manhattan Ajax.  Eventhough the MetroDogs lost 2-0, it was their best game of the tournament. About 7 yellow cards were issued in this physical match.

The final game vs MatchFit was a tighly contested match.  The MetroDogs took a 1st half lead, as Kevin Papa was able to find the net on a loose ball at the top of the box.  Jason Bower and Connor Ryan's intense central midfield play kept the pressure off the defense, as Kevin Monaghan was superb on the backline.  Big thanks to Luke Weber, who took care of the keeper duties all weekend.


Tuesday, October 7
MatchFit 2 MetroDogs 0
MetroDogs and MatchFit played an even hard fought game for about 50 minutes.  Unfortunately, the MetroDogs received two red cards and played with 9 for the final 20 minutes and gave up 2 goals.

Sunday, October 5
One and done
Mt. Laurel were determined not to lose 3 in a row to the MetroDogs in 6 a month period.  Both teams played an even first half, but Mt. Laurel ramped up their intensity level in the 2nd half and outworked the MetroDogs in a state cup match.

Sunday, September 28
MetroDogs slip past #4 Mt. Laurel United

MetroDogs take the first end of the home and home series vs. highly ranked Mt. Laurel.  Mt. Laurel opened the scoring early in the second half as the MetroDog back line and keeper miscommunicated.  MetroDogs countered quickly, as Kevin Papa's rebound was knocked in by Austen McGregor.  Moments later, James Anderson shot from 25 yards ripped the upper corner of the net.

Kevin Monaghan and Eric Bulvid provided solid backline help for ourkeepers - Connor Ryan and Sam Sugarman.  MetroDogs play Mt. Laurel again next week, in a first round state cup game.


Sunday, September 21
MetroDogs use 3 keepers to shutout Jersey Knights
On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, the MetroDogs were victorious with a makeshift roster.  Eric Bulvid opened the scoring, early in the first half, as he beat the keeper inside the 6yd box.  Dave Nigro added the second goal on a nice feed from Kevin Papa.  Kevin Campfield excelled on the backline and at midfield.  Connor Ryan, Sam Sugarman and Austen McGregor all chipped in at goalie.

Monday, September 15
MetroDogs open with MAPS double header

On a sweltering Sunday, the MetroDogs opened their fall season vs PSC Coppa Elite (#3 in PA).  The MetroDogs opened the scoring as Kevin Campfield combined on the right side with Austen McGregor, who then crossed to Kevin Papa, as he volleyed a rocket into the net.  Unfortunately, the MetroDogs had a 10 minute defensive lapse in the 2nd half, as PSC came back with 3 unanswered goals. 

In the second game, West Chester Predators (#5 in PA) opened the scoring with a tremendous shot from 25 yards out. Also, in the first half, Cody Hobbs made two great saves.  In the second half, the MetroDogs then gave up an own goal off a deflection.  Kevin Papa picked up his second goal of the day, as he burried a loose ball at the top of the box.  Sam Sugarman was excellent in midfield and on the backline, in his debut as a MetroDog.

Monday, September 8
MetroDogs enter YMS Columbus Day Cup

Monday, August 25
2008 MAPS Fall schedule announced.
The Middletown MetroDogs have received the 2008 fall schedule.  Once again, MetroDogs will play some of the top teams in the Regional 1 - Northeast.  This fall's schedule includes:  Ocean Twp. United, West Chester Predators, Philadelphia Coppa S.C., Jersey Knights, Mt. Laurel, MatchFit, Americas United, Montclair United, FC Delco and YMS Celtic.   

Friday, August 8
2008 MetroDog Camp features guest trainers

The 2008 MetroDog Camp will occur on Aug 11,13,15,18,20,22 and 29.  This year's camp will feature guest trainers including:

Donny Gray, USSF license, NJ Ironmen player, former Rutgers player. 

Dan Pinto, USSF A license, YMS coach, Penn ODP coach, former University of Rhode Island and Union County S.C. player.

Tom MacDonald, USSF A license, former coach NJ U-19 State Select Team and Chatham SC, former player Irvine Meadows F.C -Scotland and Schaefer Brewers.

Michael Nigro, USSF C license, coach PDA Beckham and PDA Pele, former Rider University and Shore Hurricanes player.

John Waraksa, USSF C license, coach Nether-Providence SC, Penn ODP coach, former Villanova University and Chatham SC player.

Saturday, June 28
Congratulations to Brandon Hanat
Brandon Hanat was selected as goalkeeper for the NY Red Bull Academy Team.  We are very proud of Brandon, his hard work and dedication have been rewarded with this outstanding achievement.  Good luck and stay healthy.

Monday, June 16
MetroDogs excel at NSR East Coast Cup

MetroDogs 0  PSC Coppa Elite 1

MetroDogs 4  Holmdel 0

MetroDogs 3  Montgomery Maniacs 2 (#4 in PA)

MetroDogs 3  Toms River Red Bull 1

James Anderson led the MetroDogs with 7 goals, as Kevin Papa, Austen McGregor and Steven McGeever each chipped in a goal a piece.  Jason Bower, Kevin Campfield and Cody Hubbs all debuted for the MetroDogs and performed quite well.  Great team effort by the Dogs as they overcame the oppressive heat and several injuries throughout the tournament.

Enjoy your summer and stay healthy.


Wednesday, June 11
MetroDogs shut out MatchFit

On a beautiful wednesday evening, the MetroDogs blanked MatchFit Academy at Lincroft Acres.  James Anderson opened the scoring in the first half on a blast to the back post.  Jake Ripnick added the second goal on an outstanding individual effort.  Eric Bulvid and Kevin Monaghan were relentless on the back line as they limited MatchFit's chances.

MetroDogs 2

MatchFit 0 


Sunday, May 18
MetroDogs play solid 25 minutes
Unfortunately, the wheels fell off the bus for the final 45 minutes.  FC Delco and the MetroDogs faced off at Lincroft acres.  Both teams came out attacking, James Anderson and Austen McGregor both had quality chances, but both shots squirted just past the far post.  FC Delco displayed tremendous size, strength, speed, skill and tenacity, as they scored seven unanswered goals.  Kevin Monaghan, Eric Bulvid and Kevin Papa fought hard until the final whistle, which is greatly appreciated.

Saturday, May 10
MetroDogs score early and often

MetroDogs opened the scoring, when Jake Necamp redirected Mike Samilow's free kick to Austen McGregor who headed the ball into the net.  Jake Ripnick took a ball just past the midline and beat several defenders and the keeper for the second goal.  The MetroDogs closed out the 1st half as James Anderson nutmegged the keeper for the 3rd goal.  Connor Hughes was able to score the 4th goal, in the 2nd half, as he won the ball during a scramble in front of the net. 

MetroDogs 4  Jersey Knights 1

Sunday, April 27
MetroDogs recover nicely vs PDA

Once again, PDA demonstrated why they are the #1 in NJ.  PDA opened the scoring in first 5 minutes with a tremendous blast from outside the box.  Midway through the 1st half, a shot trickled past keeper Brandon Hanat, Kevin Monaghan scrambled and thought he cleared the ball off the line, but a quick whistle awarded PDA with their 2nd goal.  The MetroDogs reorganized for the final 45 minutes, as Ryan Weiheimer settled down the back line, and limited PDA to any serious chances. 

PDA 2  MetroDogs 0

Monday, April 21
Dog fight ends 0-0

The MetroDogs and Jersey United Bulldogs battled to a 0-0 draw in Morristown.  MetroDogs had the run of play, but were unable to convert their chances.  Outstanding work by MetroDog's backline, as they kept Jersey United out of the attacking 1/3. 

Congrats to Brandon Hanat, Jake Necamp and Connor Ryan.  All three have been selected to the NJ-ODP team.

Sunday, April 13
MetroDogs win 3-1 vs #5 Mt. Laurel

The MetroDogs completed their 3rd game in 24 hours with an impressive win vs #5 ranked Mt. Laurel Flame.  Connor Ryan and James Anderson combined on the first goal with nice one touch play. Moments later, Dan Eynisfeld struck a long shot that struck the post.  Anderson then scored his second goal, as he headed in Eric Bulvid's cross.  Brandon Hanat was outstanding in goal, as he saved two breakaways.  MetroDogs closed out the long weekend as Anderson fed a nice thru ball to Austen McGregor, who finished with his left foot.


Sunday, April 13
MetroDogs hang tough vs NY State Champs

Three time NY State Champ, ranked #4 in USA, Dix Hills Thunder visited the "dog pound" and battled the MetroDogs to a 2-1 result, on a beautiful Sunday morning.  Austen McGregor opened the scoring for the MetroDogs after Mike Samilow won a 50/50 ball in the first half.  Dix Hills equalized on a deflection off the crossbar.  The 2nd half found both teams playing with great intensity between the boxes, as Dix Hills won the game, with 10 minutes remaining, on an outstanding individual display of speed.

Sunday, April 13
State Cup game decided on penalty kicks


MetroDogs and Millburn played to a scoreless draw after 70 minutes.  In addition, the two 5 minute overtimes did not produce a goal in this epic battle.

Millburn won the game 3-2 on penalty kicks.  Brandon Hanat made a spectacular save on penalty kick.  Jake Necamp and James Anderson were successful in converting their penalty kicks.  Kevin Monaghan and Eric Bulvid were rock solid on the backline.

Sunday, April 6
One step up, two steps back.
MetroDogs close out PDA tournament with a win.  Unfortunately, the MetroDogs lost the first two games of the tournament to NASA and Millburn.  MetroDog's won the final game vs Princeton 5-2, as goals by Austen McGregor (3), James Anderson and Connor Ryan on a nice pass from Mike Samilow helped the MetroDog's dominate play.

Friday, April 4
MetroDogs win first round of US Club State Cup

MetroDog's travelled to Riverbank Park in Newark for an evening State Cup match vs #8 ranked Ironbound Inter.  The MetroDogs opened the scoring in the first half, as Connor Ryan and James Anderson's nifty combination play created an easy tap in shot by Kevin Papa.

MetroDog's midfield and backline were outstanding as they limited Ironbound to few scoring chances.  James Merges and Kevin Monaghan's defensive play was virtually flawless . 


Sunday, March 16
MetroDogs and Millburn struggle to a draw
MetroDogs opened the scoring, as Kevin Papa was able to drill a shot to the far post, after a quick free kick.  Millburn equalized in the 2nd half, after their free kick stuck the cross bar and was knocked in off a knee.

Wednesday, March 12
NJSA display first class performance.

NJSA rallied behind the loss of their teammate, Graeme Preston, with an impressive 5-1 win over the MetroDogs at Lincroft Acres.  Before the game, players from both teams gathered at center circle, as bag pipes and drums performed followed by a moment of silence.  NJSA opened the game with out a left back in the starting line up, to honor the position that Graeme Preston played.  

Dave Nigro scored the lone goal in his first game with the MetroDogs. 


Saturday, March 8
In Memory of Graeme Preston
Graeme Preston of Freehold, member of NJSA04 United passed away this week. Several thousand people paid tribute and attended services in remembrance of a truly special child.

Graeme was a classmate and teammate (ODP) with several Middletown MetroDogs and a regular guest for the Middletown White Knights.  His passing has had a tremendous impact on the entire soccer community.  Graeme will be missed, but never forgotten.

Please keep Graeme and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

"It is with great sadness that I tell you all about the tragic passing of Graeme Preston.  He succumbed, today, to the injuries from the accident, and true to his nature, did so first by helping others as his organs will be harvested in order to help those in need. I am certain that whomever gets his heart will be a lucky soul indeed, as I have never met a person with a bigger heart.  No words can express how much he will be missed....God bless him and his family." - Don Green, NJSA04 United Coach 


Thursday, February 14
MAPS Spring 2008 schedule announced.

The MAPS Spring 2008 schedule has been announced.  The MetroDogs will face the top teams in the region including: Dix Hills, PDA, FC Delco, NJSA, MatchFit, Jersey United, Mount Laurel United and Millburn.

In addition, the MetroDogs plan to play in the following tournaments: US Club State Cup, PDA, East Coast Cup and Soccer Hall of Fame.

Sunday, January 13
MetroDogs win Good Sports Indoor League

Congrats to the MetroDogs as they went undefeated in the Good Sports Indoor Soccer League.  Special thanks to Tony Necamp, who coached the boys thru the winter session.

Monday, November 19
MetroDogs close out Fall season

Middletown MetroDogs completed their 2007 Fall season with 8 wins 2 defeats and 6 ties.  To play 16 games and come home with 30 points was a tremendous accomplishment for the boys.  We are all very proud of the their effort, ability and attitude to compete against the top teams in the NorthEast region.  Stay healthy and Happy Thanksgiving from the Middletown MetroDogs.

Thursday, November 15
MetroDogs and Howell battle to another tie

Howell Xtreme and the MetroDogs battle to another 1-1 tie on a cold night at Lincroft Acres.  Howell scored first as their forward nodded in a bouncing ball in the box.  Moments later, Jake Necamp found himself 1v1 with the Howell keeper as he finished with his left foot.

Tuesday, November 6
MetroDogs rise to the occasion vs NJSA

The MetroDog's survived a first half on slaught of shots by NJSA.  The goalie's best friend, the post and crossbar, bailed out the MetroDogs on several shots, on a Tuesday evening game at the DogPound.  The MetroDogs didn't have a ton of chances, but in the closing minutes of a 0-0 game, James Anderson was able to bury his shot into the net, at the low back post.  Eric Bulvid, Kevin Monaghan and Kevin Papa were outstanding defensively, as their play bent a bit, but did not break.  Brandon Hanat was solid in nets once again, as the MetroDogs defeated the #2 team in NJ and #14 in USA.

MetroDogs 1      NJSA 0

Saturday, November 3
MetroDogs scramble to win in final minute

MetroDogs opened the scoring, as James Anderson was able to finish his own rebound in the first half.  Montclair Flames came out of the break with 2 goals to open the 2nd half.  Kevin Papa hit a low cross that was mishandled and found its way into the back of the net for the equalizer. 

Brandon Hanat had to come out of the goal with a 2nd half eye injury.  Connor Ryan stepped into goal and made two outstanding saves, the second save was on a penalty kick.  With minutes left in the game, Jake Ripnick won a ball at midfield and was able to send James Anderson a thru ball, Anderson calmly tucked the ball under the keeper for the game winner.

MetroDogs 3      Montclair 2

Sunday, October 28
MetroDogs and FC Premier deadlocked at 1-1

MetroDogs are improving with each match vs FC Premier as the two teams battled to a draw.  James Anderson opened the scoring has he knocked in a rebound off of Austen McGregor's shot.  Moments later, Anderson just missed the far post on a tight angle shot. 

Daniel Enyisfeld returned to action, after a two week knee injury and was solid on the right back, as was James Merges on the left.  Kevin Papa and Jake Necamp were creative in the midfield with their attacks up the flank.  Brandon Hanat came up with another great 1st half save that was tipped over the crossbar.  Each team had several 1st half chances, both bunkered down and allowed few second half opportunities.

Sunday, October 21
MetroDogs lose heartbreaker in OT

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, Ironbound S.C. Inter and the MetroDogs battled for 70 minutes without any goals in the 3rd round of NJ State Cup in Newark.  The MetroDogs had their chances has Kevin Papa and Connor Hughes were robbed on point blank 1st half shots.  Give credit to Ironbound's well organized defense, as their off side trap within the tight confines of Riverbank Park and exceptional goal tending frustrated the MetroDogs. 

Also in the 1st half, Brandon Hanat of the MetroDogs was able to tip an upper 90 shot over the cross bar.  Ironbound was able to convert an overtime corner kick, as MetroDogs cleared the ball twice, but the ball ended up on the head of an Ironbound attacker, as he nodded it into the upper corner.


Sunday, October 14
MetroDogs and NASA tie in MAPS game
After 8 away games, MetroDogs finally had a home game. Highly ranked NASA Diablos came to the "dog pound" on a beautiful Sunday afternoon and battled the MetroDogs to a 0-0 tie. NASA had played well in the first half, but the MetroDogs had better opportunities in the 2nd half. Great job by the NASA goalie and defense that robbed James Anderson, Conor Smith and Jake Ripnick on several scoring opportunities. Kevin Monaghan excelled for the MetroDogs as he anchored a stingy defensive back line.

Saturday, October 13
MetroDogs advance in State Cup

It wasn't pretty, but a State Cup win advances the MetroDogs to the next round.

Kevin Papa knocked in a 2nd half corner kick by Ryan Weilheimer and James Anderson was able to bend in a shot from just past the 18 yard box, as the MetroDogs beat Hibernian Rovers 2-1 in Hamilton.

Brandon Hanat was outstanding as he made a key save in each half.

Sunday, October 7
MetroDogs win bracket at Columbus Cup in Brooklyn

In last year's Columbus Tournament in Brooklyn, the Middletown MetroDogs played well, but were physically beaten by some of New York toughest teams.  This year the MetroDogs were prepared and represented NJ soccer quite well.  In the first match, MetroDogs were able shut out a talented and physical New Rochelle Wolves.  New Rochelle's goalie was able to keep his team in the match, as he denied James Anderson on a breakaway, stopped Kevin Papa on a point blank shot, a tipped Austen McGregor's direct kick off the cross bar.  Kevin Papa was not to be denied, as he buried a second half rebound.

MetroDogs 1   New Rochelle 0 

In the second game, the MetroDogs faced Manhattan Kickers, the #3 ranked team in NY and #24 in Region 1.  As one parent described it, "it was like watching Vito Antefermo vs Roberto Duran".  The game was an all out war between the 18 yard boxes, as the ref handed out at least 5 yellow cards.  Brandon Hanat made two spectacular saves in the first half, as Kevin Monaghan, Eric Bulvid, James Merges and Bayley Young continually denied Manhattan.

MetroDogs 0  Manhattan Kickers 0

In the final match, the MetroDogs faced St. Leonard Select from Montreal, Quebec.  After a scorelesss first half, the MetroDogs struck first as Austen McGregor slipped a shot under the keeper.  Moments later McGregor hit a blast from about 35 yards, the shot struck the crossbar and James Anderson was able to bury the rebound.  Excellent job by the all the MetroDogs as they did not allow a goal the entire tournament.

MetroDogs 2    St. Leonard Select 0

Sunday, September 30
MetroDogs draw with NJ Rangers

MetroDogs travelled to Morris County for a great match with NJ Rangers. James Anderson opened the scoring on a great individual effort and a strong second effort, moments later Anderson took a thru ball from Austen McGregor and slotted it into the low back post.  NJ Rangers was able to equalize before the halftime break.  The game remained a 2-2 tie for the second half as both teams battled between the 18 yard boxes.  Kevin Papa excelled on defense for the MetroDogs as he denied several Ranger attacks.

Saturday, September 29
MetroDogs cruise thru 1st round of State Cup

Jake Necamp, Austen McGregor and Daniel Eynisfeld each scored for the MetroDogs as they advance to the second round of the NJ State Cup.

MetroDogs 3  - Sayreville 0.

Wednesday, September 19
Congratulations to the MetroDogs
Brandon Hanat, Jake Necamp, Connor Ryan, Ryan Weilheimer and Bayley Young were all chosen to advance to the next round of ODP (Olympic Developmental Program).  Also, congrats to all the MetroDogs, every player was selected for their Middle School teams.

Sunday, September 16
MetroDogs over Long Island Rough Riders
Middletown MetroDogs represented N.J. in an impressive 5-1 win over Long Island Rough Riders in Syosset, NY.  Connor Ryan and Kevin Papa opened with 2 first half counter attacks goals.  In the 2nd half, James Anderson and Austen McGregor scored on two rockets into the upper corners. Jake Ripnick's tenacious effort awarded him the 5th goal. Kevin Monaghan and Eric Bulvid were outstanding in central defense as goalie Brandon Hanat made several tremendous saves.  A great all around effort by all the MetroDogs.

Monday, September 10
MetroDogs in a defensive battle
MetroDogs and Medford Strikers battle to a 0-0 draw.  Great job by MetroDogs back line of Monaghan, Papa, Merges and Young, as they did not allow a shot on goal. 

Sunday, September 9
MetroDogs over MatchFit in MAPS opener

With 15 minutes left in the game, MetroDogs forward James Anderson was able to score the game winner on a nice thru ball from Ryan Weilheimer.  Brandon Hanat was solid in nets as both teams battled the 90+ degree heat.

Middletown MetroDogs 1  - MatchFit Celtic 0.

Friday, August 10
MAPS Fall 2007 Schedule announced

Mid Atlantic Premier Soccer (M.A.P.S) has announced the Fall U-13 schedule.  The MetroDogs will have their work cut out for them this season.  The MetroDogs will face Matchfit and Long Island Rough Riders for the 1st time.  In addition, NJSA, NJ Rangers, NASA Diablos, FC Premier, East Brunswick and Howell round out an extremely competitive schedule.

Saturday, June 23
MetroDogs make semi finals of Rider Cup
With over one hour lines at Ft. Dix, many teams (including the MetroDogs) had to begin their first game without 11 players. The MetroDogs opened the tournament vs DTS Select and played short for the first 15 minutes. Unfortunately, DTS was able to capitalize and score 2 goals. MetroDogs finally settled down after a 4-0 halftime score and scored the only goal of the second half, as James Anderson chipped the keeper. DTS Select 4 - MetroDogs 1

In the second match vs Tab Ramos Summer Select, James Anderson opened with two first half goals and Austen McGregor added a second half goal. Bayley Young and Connor Hughes played well for the MetroDogs as they solidfied the back line. Tab Ramos was able to convert a late 2nd half penalty kick. MetroDogs 3 - Tab Ramos 1

Our third match was a nail biter vs Holmdel Select. MetroDogs came out a little flat and gave up a 1st half penalty kick. However, Brandon Hanat was able to make a great save and kept the score 0-0 at halftime. James Anderson provided a great individual effort, as he fought for a loose ball, took on two defenders and lofted a shot into the upper corner. Moments later, Kevin Papa moved forward from his left back position and curved in bending ball just over the keeper's outstretched hands. Also in the 2nd half, Brandon Hanat made an outstanding diving save on a head ball. MetroDogs 2 - Holmdel Select 0.

The MetroDogs advanced into the semi finals vs MAPS Select. MetroDogs opened the 1st half scoring as Austen McGregor deflected Kevin Papa's cross into the net. MAPS Select then countered, as their forward was able to beat the MetroDogs and curved a shot around the keeper. 1-1 at half. The 2nd half was totally dominated by the MetroDogs, unfortunately, several great saves, a few near misses, one shot off the post and a ball cleared off the line prevented the MetroDogs winning the game in regular time. MAPS Select had one good chance in the 2nd half, but Brandon Hanat made a spectacular leaping save on a ball heading for the upper corner. Penalty kicks would decide this game as MAPS Select converted 4 out of 5. Kevin Papa, Kevin Monaghan and Jake Necamp scored on their penalty kicks.
MAPS Select 1 (4pk) - MetroDogs 1 (3pk).

Good luck to MetroDog's Ryan Weilheimer and Jake Necamp, both were selected to play for this summer's ODP team.

Saturday, June 9
MetroDogs compete at East Coast Cup
MetroDogs opened the East Coast Cup vs Everton SC #5 ranked team in Conneticut. Everton has their hands full in the first half, as the Dogs came out very strong, and nearly scored as Austen McGregor's shot hit the crossbar. 0-0 score at halftime. James Anderson opened the scoring for the MetroDogs, as he neatly put away a left footed shot. However, a couple of defensive lapses in the final minutes and Everton pulled away with a 3-1 victory.

The second game vs Glassboro Elite was a different story. The MetroDogs scored early and often, as they were victorious in 6-1 game. James Anderson scored two goals in the first 10 minutes, Austen McGregor also scored two goals and Kevin Papa and Connor Hughes each added a goal. Solid midfield work by Connor Ryan, Ryan Weilheimer, Jake Necamp and Mike Samilow as they kept contol of the ball for a majority of the game.

In the third game, MetroDogs battled a familiar foe, the Parisppany Gators. After a scoreless first half, in which Parsippany's keeper made point blank save on James Anderson's full volley, the MetroDogs regrouped at half and took control. Eric Bulvid opened up the scoring for the MetroDogs as he headed in a corner kick. In the closing minute, Jake Ripnick put forth a solid individual effort and was able to set up Doug Dzema for the second goal. Kevin Monaghan and James Merges were defensive standouts, as Brandon Hanat came up with two nice saves in the 2nd half. MetroDogs 2 - Parsippany 0

Sunday, June 3
FC Premier trickles one past the MetroDogs
On an overcast Sunday afternoon, FC Premier visited the dog pound in a tightly contested match. MetroDogs controlled much of the play with several scoring opportunities, but FC Premier's goalie was able stop several breakaway shots by Kevin Papa and James Anderson.

With about 5 minutes left in the 2nd half, a FC Premier cross was deflected by MetroDog's keeper Brandon Hanat, barely rolled over the goal line, as the defender thought he had cleared the ball in time, but the referee and assistant ref collaborated and awarded a goal.

FC Premier 1 - MetroDogs 0

Saturday, June 2
MetroDogs sweep doubleheader in the heat
MetroDogs battled the heat and back to back games in an impressive MAPS sweep over Bridgewater and Parsippany. In the first game vs Bridgewater, the MetroDogs scored in the opening minute, as they strung together 9 consecutive passes and James Anderson finished for the first goal. In the second half, Kevin Papa took on two defenders on the left side, sent a cross to Anderson's head, as he neatly snuck the ball into the top corner. Jake Ripnick finished the scoring for the MetroDogs, as he beat one defender, calmly beat the goalie and then tucked the ball into the net.

The MetroDogs came out for the second game vs Parsippany with some fatigue issues. The heat and back to back games took its toll on the players. However, after a 0-0 halftime break, the MetroDogs regrouped and came out of the break with some intensity. Austen McGregor beat a defender on the right side, was taken down in the
the box and Kevin Papa was able to convert the penalty kick.

Great job by the MetroDogs backline of Kevin Monaghan, Eric Bulvid, Daniel Eynisfeld, James Mergers and Bayley Young as they kept the pressure off goalie Brandon Hanat who was solid in the two shutouts.

MetroDogs 3 - Bridgewater 0
MetroDogs 1 - Parsippany 0

Monday, May 21
MetroDog finish with strong 2nd half
MetroDogs got off to a slow start and gave up a penalty kick in the opening minutes, but kept their heads up vs Princeton Soccer Club. Princeton's goalie kept his team in the match as he made several nice saves in the 1st half. The MetroDogs finally equalized, as Jake Necamp beat a defender on the right wing, sent a nice cross to James Merges, who headed the ball into the net.

MetroDogs came out flying in the second half. James Anderson and Connor Ryan's nifty combination play set up a nice thru ball for Jake Ripnick to finish. Moments later, from the top of the box, Kevin Papa was able to perfectly place his shot into the upper corner. Finally, Austen McGregor was able to beat a defender on the right side, his shot struck the cross bar and Daniel Eynisfeld was able to bury the rebound.

MetroDogs 4 - Princeton 2

Saturday, May 12
MetroDogs go on roller coaster ride
Middletown MetroDogs gave up two quick goals in the opening minutes vs Jersey Knights. As the first half was near completion, James Merges hit a free kick, that was mishandled by the Jersey Knight's goalie and Eric Bulvid knocked in the rebound.

The MetroDogs regrouped at half time. Patrick Sweeney was able to score off his own rebound for the equalizer. The MetroDogs continued the 2nd half pressure and had several scoring chances. James Anderson received a pass at the top of the box, laid off a nice drop pass and Ryan Weilheimer first timed a shot into the upper corner.

Moments later, Jersey Knights were able to convert a penalty kick. As the game came to a close, the MetroDogs had one more chance, as their corner kick and subsequent follow up shots were cleared off the goal line.

Middletown MetroDogs 3 Jersey Knights 3

Sunday, May 6
MetroDogs bite back
Middletown MetroDogs and East Brunswick Force did their impersonation of Frazier vs Ali on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.

After a scoreless first half, both teams had several scoring opportunites with no success and then emerged from the break with a sense of urgency. East Brunswick opened up the scoring after a penalty kick call by the assistant ref. Moments later, an East Brunswick shot hit the crossbar and bounced down into the goal as Brandon Hanat grabbed the ball. Once again, the assistant ref intervened and made a good call, as the referee awarded a goal to East Brunswick.

With 6 minutes left in the game, Steven McGeever hit a free kick into the box, Kevin Papa redirected the shot, as an East Brunswick defender cleared the ball into their own net. 2 minutes later, James Anderson was able to settle the ball and launch a bending shot into the top of the net.

MetroDogs 2 - Force 2

Sunday, May 6
MetroDogs tie NJ Rangers
The NJ Rangers Hercules visited the Dog Pound in a MAPS game. The Hercules team, appropriately named, put early pressure on the MetroDogs. However, the MetroDogs backline stayed focused, as their keeper made some nice saves.

The MetroDogs opened up the scoring, as Doug Dzema banged in his first goal midway through the 1st half. NJ Rangers opened up the 2nd half with several shots over the crossbar, but finally equalized on a tremendous blast from the top of the box. Also, the MetroDogs had several near misses, as both teams generated plenty of action on this beautiful Saturday morning.

James Merges and Kevin Papa excelled for the MetroDogs, in a physical match that included a NJ Ranger's yellow card in the closing minutes.

MetroDogs 1 - Hercules 1

Saturday, April 28
PDA Harkes knocks MetroDogs out of State Cup
Once again, PDA Harkes demonstrated why it is still the best team in NJ.
PDA opened up the scoring on a free kick cross, that squirted past the MetroDog's defense, and went untouched into the back of the net. The MetroDogs refused to quit, as Kevin Papa and James Anderson were denied 1st half scoring opportunities. Middletown was finally able equalize, as Jake Necamp buried a rare PDA mishap.

The 1-1 halftime score was indicative of play by both teams. However, PDA was able to control much of the 2nd half as their skill and fitness level prevailed over the MetroDogs.

PDA 3 - MetroDogs 1

Thursday, April 26
MetroDogs win home opener vs. North Hunterdon
North Hunterdon Attack invaded the "Dog Pound" in a Thurday evening clash. The Attack controlled much of the first 15 minutes, as MetroDog's goalie Jake Ripnick thwarted several chances. The MetroDogs scored first as James Anderson controlled a long throw in and banged it into the back of the net.

Austen McGregor scored the second goal for the MetroDogs, on a free kick from 25 yards. Connor Hughes was given the game ball for his solid effort on defense. MetroDogs used three goalies, to shut down a strong effort by North Hunterdon.

Tuesday, April 24
NJSA United slips past MetroDogs
NJSA (ranked #2 in NJ) opened up the scoring in the first 10 minutes and kept the lead into halftime. Ryan Weilheimer scored the equalizer for the MetroDogs, early in the 2nd half, with a long shot into the upper corner. Moments later, NJSA was able to take a 2-1 lead on mad scramble infront of the MetroDog goal.

A great game by both teams on a beautiful Tuesday night. MetroDogs play again on Thursday vs North Hunterdon.

Sunday, April 22
MetroDogs win 1st round of State Cup
The Middletown MetroDogs advanced to the second round of the NJ State Cup with an impressive 3-0 win over US Parma-Cranford. Austen McGregor opened up the scoring, in the 1st half, with a left footed blast into the upper corner.

James Anderson was not to be denied, on the this gorgeous Saturday evening, as he skillfully added an insurance goal. Jake Ripnick received a pass near midfield, took on the central defenders, and beat the keeper near post for the 3rd goal. Ryan Weilheimer provided great midfield support, as the MetroDog backline excelled in keeping pressure off their keeper.

MetroDogs face PDA Harkes next in the state cup.

Sunday, April 15
PDA tournament summary
MetroDogs took an early 1-0 lead over FC Bucks (#3 in Penn and #25 in USA). Connor Ryan struck a full volley, from outside the box, into the upper corner. Moments later, FC Bucks tied the game with an equally impressive strike. The two teams battled evenly, until the final 8 minutes, as FC Bucks pulled away from the MetroDogs.

In the second game, FC Premier (#8 in NJ) struck in the opening minute on a tremendous turn and blast off the crossbar. In addition, FC Premier was able to convert a second half penalty kick. Brandon Hanat excelled for the MetroDogs, as he made several point blank saves in the first half.

Sunday's games were cancelled.

Sunday, April 1
PASCO nips the MetroDogs
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, PASCO Stallions (ranked #3 in NJ) and MetroDogs battled on the field turf at Passaic County Technical Institute. PASCO opened the scoring at the 15 minute mark with a blast, from outside the box, into the upper corner.

Moments later, Connor Ryan found himself unmarked near the penalty spot, hit a low shot and the PASCO keeper made a toe save to prevent the equalizer. Also in the 1st half, MetroDog's keeper Brandon Hanat made a great diving save on a low drive inside the box.

MetroDogs ramped up the intensity level in the 2nd half, as several scoring opportunities were thwarted by fouls and offside calls.

PASCO 1 - MetroDogs 0

Saturday, March 17
Winter storm cancels this weekend's games.

Friday, February 9
Tentative 2007 MAPS Spring Schedule posted.
MetroDogs will play in the 2007 PDA Tournament on April 14-15. Also, the MetroDogs have entered US Club Spring State Cup Tournament.

Sunday, February 5
MetroDogs enter two indoor soccer tournaments.
The Middletown MetroDogs will participate in two indoor soccer tournaments. On January 14, 2007 the MetroDogs will travel to The Sports Factory and compete against NJ Rangers, Pasco and Montclair Fames.

In addition, the MetroDogs played in the NJ Rangers Scrimmage Fest on February 4, 2007 vs. NJ Rangers Atlas (4-1 win), PASCO (0-0 tie), NJ Rangers U13 (1-1 tie) and NJSA04 (2-1 loss).

Seasons Greetings and Happy New Year from the MetroDogs.

Saturday, December 2
MetroDogs and Howell tie 1-1
Middletown MetroDogs and Howell Xtreme faced off in an away MAPS game.
MetroDogs opened up the scoring, as Marc Krivitzky blasted a shot inside the far post. At the end of the first half, Howell was able to equalize off a corner kick.

Connor Ryan played goal for 2/3 of the game, as Jake Ripnick finished up in nets. Great job by the MetroDogs midfield and back line, as the they limited Howell to very few scoring opportunities. Excellent job by Connor Hughes, as he won most of the 50/50 balls in midfield. A tremendous effort by both teams, in an excellent display soccer and sportsmanship.

Happy Holiday's from the MetroDogs.

Sunday, November 19
MetroDogs win at home
The Middletown MetroDogs won vs Princeton Patriots. After a scoreless first half, Kevin Papa beat three defenders on the left side and sent a perfect cross to Austen McGregor, who finished with his left foot. Moments later, James Merges beat several defenders down the left side and was taken down inside the box. Merges was awarded a penalty kick and converted, as he beat the keeper with a low drive into the net.

Sunday, November 12
FC Premier powers thru MetroDogs.
A beautiful saturday night in Westfield, the MetroDogs faced FC Premier in a MAPS game. FC Premier took a 1-0 lead into halftime, while the MetroDogs had controlled much of the 1st half play. In the second half, FC Premier rallied twice on two strong individual efforts. MetroDogs welcome back Kevin Monaghan, who returned to the line up, following a broken arm. James Merges and Kevin Papa excelled for the MetroDogs.

Monday, October 30
MetroDogs battle the elements.
The MetroDogs battled heavy winds and excellent goalkeeping and came up short vs Jersey Knights Gunners. Very good midfield play by Connor Ryan, Eric Bulvid and Kevin Papa was not enough, as the MetroDogs failed to capitalize on several missed opportunities.

Sunday, October 22
MetroDogs and East Brunswick battle on the Field Turf
East Brunswick Force and Middletown MetroDogs goal keepers proved to be the difference in today MAPS game. EB's goalie saved two breakaways in each half and made two outstanding saves on Kevin Papa's and Connor Ryan's shots from outside the box. Jim McMillen made several key saves for the MetroDogs, as EB maintained contant pressure and an aggressive defensive posture that included several yellow cards.

EB 1 - MetroDogs 0

Sunday, October 15
MetroDogs cruise to victory.
Connor Ryan scored in the first half, Pat Sweeney scored his first goal of the year in the second half, as the MetroDogs gave a solid team effort in a 2-0 victory over Medford Flash. Hats off to the Medford goalie, who made many outstanding saves as the MetroDogs peppered him with several shots.

Jim McMillen made two saves and registered a shutout as MetroDogs backline played a flawless game.

Monday, October 9
No sleep till Brooklyn
The MetroDog's traveled to the legendary Brooklyn Italians S.C. Tournament this weekend. Deer Park Warriors, #5 ranked team in NY, Garden City, Clarkstown and Village of the Branch (Smithtown) were the 4 New York teams that the MetroDogs faced.

The MetroDog's took an early lead vs. Deer Park, as Marc Krivitzky was able to finish off a breakaway. Deer Park was able to score two late 2nd half goals for the win.

Garden City took an early lead against the MetroDogs and led 1-0 at halftime. Connor Ryan's tenacious midfield work earned him a 2nd half free kick, which he was able to convert. Unfortunately for the MetroDogs, exellent goalkeeping, a crossbar, and several balls cleared off the line preserved the win for Garden City as the MetroDogs dominated the 2nd half.

Clarkstown S.C. introduced the MetroDogs to "smashmouth" soccer, a punch in the back and and a bench player tripping a MetroDog couldn't slow down the Middletown attack. Clarkstown took a 2-0 lead off a penalty kick and free kick in first 15 minutes. The next 45 minutes was MetroDog soccer as it's best. Austen McGregor slammed home a goal off a rebound, as Marc Krivitzky and James Anderson point blank shots hit the post. In addition, Clarkstown's goalie made several spectacular saves, as he was easily man of the match.

In the final game, Village of the Branch and MetroDogs came in at half 0-0. Austen McGregor opened up the scoring as he beat a defender and goalie. Minutes later, Daniel Eynisfeld's beautiful free kick from 25 yards found the back of the net. Excellent midfield and defensive work all weekend by Kevin Papa, Eric Bulvid and Daniel Eynisfeld.

A great overall experience for the MetroDogs.

Saturday, September 30
MetroDogs lose in NJ State Cup
PDA Harkes, ranked #1 in NJ and #2 in the USA came to Middletown and found themselves in a dog fight vs the MetroDogs in the NJ State Cup tournament. After a scoreless first half, in which neither team was able to generate any quality chances, PDA finally converted late in the 2nd half.

A second half collision, inside the 18 yard box, injured the MetroDog goalie and center back (who broke his arm), while both players lay on the ground for several moments, play continued with no whistle and PDA took advantage the empty net, as the MetroDogs frantically tried to clear the ball from in front of the goal.

Great job by the MetroDogs, as they limited PDA to very few chances.

Good luck to PDA in the rest of the State Cup, as they once again demonstrated their superior play and controlled most of the game.

Sunday, September 24
Missed Opportunities
Sometimes you play well and lose. MetroDogs played very well today, but didn't capitalize on their opportunities. MetroDogs out shot, out played, had more time of possession, more corner kicks and more breakaways, but couldn't finish in a 1-0 away loss to Bridgewater Lightning.   

MetroDogs return to action on Saturday, in a State Cup match up vs PDA Harkes.

Saturday, September 16
MetroDogs win 4-0
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Lincroft Acres, the MetroDogs scored early and often vs Cranford US Parma. Connor Ryan and James Merges opened with first half goals, following nice crosses by Kevin Papa and Austen McGregor. In the second half, individual efforts by Marc Krivitzky and James Anderson led to a 4-0 lead.   Great job by the MetroDog midfield, as they kept the ball in the attacking end for most of the game. Jim McMillen back in goal, was able to register another shutout.

Sunday, September 10
MetroDogs and North Hunterdon Attack tie 1-1
North Hunterdon Attack, currently ranked in the NJ top 10, played a spirited first half and went into a half time with a 0-0 draw in the Fall 2006 M.A.P.S opener vs. the MetroDogs.

Mark Krivitzky of the MetroDogs scored a second half goal that was perfectly placed over the Attack's goal keeper. Jake Ripnick was a rock in the Dog Pound nets and didn't allow any rebounds. Also, Eric Bulvid of the MetroDogs was flawless in the defensive 1/3 all game.

Tuesday, September 5
East Brunswick Tournament
The MetroDogs came home with 4 points at the East Brunswick Tournament.
A 0-2 loss to EB, 1-1 tie with Cherry Hill and a 2-1 win vs Princeton were the results from a nice weekend.

East Brunswick was able to capitalize on two counter attack goals vs the MetroDogs. Most of the game was played between the 18 yard boxes as Kevin Papa did a nice job controlling play for the MetroDogs. MetroDogs and East Brunswick will meet again this fall in a MAPS game.

In the second match, the MetroDogs shuffled their lineup, as James Merges burried a shot off a nice feed from Austen McGregor. In nets, Jim McMillen came up with a stellar first half save. Cherry Hill equalized in the second half off a breakaway, that was finished with a top shelf blast.

The third game could be described as the Kevin Monaghan show. Kevin scored two first half head ball goals to lead the MetroDogs in a 2-1 victory over Princeton.
Steven McGeever set up one of Monaghan's goals with a first time cross from the left side.

Daniel Eynisfeld and Eric Bulvid were solid all weekend keeping pressure off their keepers as Billy Daddano and Connor Hughes excelled in midfield winning most 50/50 balls.

Overall a great experience for all the boys, as they got a chance to play some new positions against some quality teams. Awesome recovery by East Brunswick Soccer Club, as Saturday's storm had little effect on a well run tournament.

Saturday, August 19
MetroDogs open Fall 2006 Season
Middletown MetroDogs opened their Fall 2006 season at the Howell Scrimmage Fest.
The MetroDogs battled a talented East Brunswick team. The MetroDogs prevailed in their opener as Kevin Papa scored the game winner in the second half. MetroDogs goalie Jim McMillen made several key saves as he notched a shut out in the win.

In the second game, the MetroDogs played a talented PDA team. The MetroDogs played a great first half, but were beaten on a first half head ball. The MetroDogs trailed 1-0 at half time. PDA then scored off a 25 yard shot the glanced off the far post. MetroDogs then gave up an own goal off a deflection. Great job by PDA. PDA cleary demonstrated why they are the number 1 team in NJ and number 2 in the USA.

Thank you Howell United for a well organized scrimmage fest.

Friday, August 18
MetroDogs to play in Howell Scrimmage Fest
This weekend, the Middletown MetroDogs will compete against East Brunswick ranked #8 in NJ and PDA Harkes ranked #1 in NJ and #2 in the USA. Good Luck Dogs.

Tuesday, July 25
4 MetroDogs play for MOSA Select
Congratulations to four Middletown MetroDogs that were selected to the MOSA Select U11 Boys Summer Team. Nick DeFelice, Daniel Eynisfeld, Marc Krivitzky and Austen McGregor were picked amoungst 75 players that tried out for the MOSA Select team. MOSA Select played against other regional select teams in several tournaments throughout the summer.

Tuesday, June 6
Shootout at the Shore - June 10-11
While the World Cup begins in Germany, the region's top U11 boys will compete at the Middletown Soccer Club's "Shootout at the Shore".

Nationally ranked teams invade the "Dog Pound" for top honors this weekend.

Lower Merion SC #2 in USA and #1 in PA and PDA #8 in USA and #1 in NJ are the top seeds in U11 boys bracket. In addition, NJ's top ranked NJSA04 #2, Bergen County Soccer Academy #3, PASCO #5, NASA #6 North Hunterdon #9 and Middletown MetroDogs #10 will also challenge in a winner's bracket format.

Top MOSA performers, Howell, White Knights, Alliance and Holmdel will provide local competition, while Hamilton Attack, Millburn, Mt. Laurel and Parsippany round out the brackets, with quality soccer from each region of NJ.

Good luck to all the teams.

Monday, June 5
MetroDogs close out MOSA Premier with tie.
The MetroDogs finished MOSA Premier with a 1-1 tie vs Toms River Strikers. Marc Krivitzky scored in the first half off a rebound. Toms River tied the game up in the second half. Each team took advantage of the slick conditions with rebound goals. Connor Ryan played keeper in the first half and shut out the Strikers as Kevin Papa and Eric Bulvid excelled on defense for the MetroDogs. In addition, Kevin Monaghan returned into action after breaking his foot earlier in the season. Big thanks to the Anderson family, who hosted the year end party.

Once again, congratulations Middletown MetroDogs - MOSA Premier U11 Boys Champs.


Sunday, May 21
MetroDogs clinch 1st Place in MOSA Premier
The Middletown MetroDogs re-shuffled their lineup today and were victorious vs Ocean Township. The MetroDogs opened up the scoring in the first half as Patrick Sweeney scored his first goal of the season, off a nice pass by Connor Ryan. Moments later, Jake Ripnick almost added a second goal as he ripped a shot just past the far post. The MetroDogs got some encouraging half time words from injured teammates Kevin Monaghan and James Merges. Merges just returned to the bench following surgery this week.

Ocean Township played a determined game and scored a 2nd half equalizer off a penalty kick. The MetroDogs were not to be denied, as James Anderson went top shelf and scored the game winner with 3 minutes left in the game. Great job by the MetroDog defense led by Kevin Papa and Billy Daddano, as they only allowed one shot on goalkeepers Austen McGregor and Marc Krivitzky.

Congratulations MetroDogs on winning MOSA premier.

MetroDogs 2 - Ocean Township 1

Sunday, May 14
White Knights 3 - MetroDogs 0
White Knights played a spirited match and beat the MetroDogs 3-0 today.
Congrats to the White Knights as they tighten the race for first place in MOSA premier.

Sunday, May 7
MetroDogs shutout Marlboro again.
Middletown MetroDogs traveled to Marlboro, on a gorgeous May afternoon, and shutout Beckham Blue for the second time this year. The MetroDogs had several 1st half breakaways, but were rejected by Marlboro's standout keeper. Finally, Mark Krivitzky opened the scoring with a nice individual effort on the left side, as he beat the keeper on the near post. Moments later, Nick Defelice sent a great cross and Krivitzky finished the service for his second goal.

Great job by the MetroDogs midfield and defense, as they allowed only 1 shot on goal. Billy Daddano and Connor Hughes were outstanding in controlling the midfield and shutting down Marlboro's attack. Great job by Eric Bulvid and Kevin Papa, who stepped up their game for two injured MetroDogs. Jake Ripnick notched his third shutout of the season.

MetroDogs 2 - Marlboro 0

Friday, May 5
MetroDogs remain unbeaten in MOSA
MetroDogs played to a 2-2 draw last night in Toms River. Marc Krivitzky opened up the scoring for the MetroDogs in the first 5 minutes. Toms River equalized off a corner kick, then took the lead off a nice shot from 18 yards out. Kevin Papa scored the second goal for the MetroDogs. Papa also dominated the midfield play throughout the game and put forth an outstanding performance.

Sunday, April 30
MetroDogs on the move.
Middletown MetroDogs faced off against highly ranked Howell #8 in NJ and perennial MOSA top performer. The MetroDogs and Howell played a spirited 1st half with each team scoring one goal.

Howell opened the second half scoring and took a 2-1 lead. MetroDogs adjusted, as Kevin Papa moved forward to score the equalizer. Moments later, Mark Krivitzky got the game winner and his second goal of the afternoon. A well played match by Howell and enjoyable game for all that watched.

Jake Ripnick was solid in nets for the MetroDogs. The entire team rallied around their injured "DogPound Mate" Kevin Monaghan.

Middletown MetroDogs 3 - Howell 2

Monmouth University rolls out red carpet for MetroDogs.
Rob McCourt, Monmouth University's soccer coach, held a private training session for the Middletown MetroDogs this morning. The MetroDogs arrived at Monmouth University's "Great Lawn" at 8:30am, for a 1 1/2 hour training session with Coach McCourt and his Division I, NEC Conference Champs - Monmouth Hawks.

After a brief warmup, the MetroDogs found themselves performing mirror image training drills with the Hawks. The big brother, little brother relationship was a real treat for all to observe, as both squads heckled each other.

Monmouth players performed their shooting drills, while the MetroDogs cheered every goal and jeered (at Coach McCourt's request) each miss.

Eventually, the MetroDogs got their chance to shoot on Monmouth's goalkeeper "BIG Bird". To the surprise of many Monmouth players, several of the MetroDogs were able to beat the keeper at the "low back post".

Special thanks to Middletown's own Tom Gray, who used to play for Middletown Soccer Club, and is clearly one of Monmouth's top players. Immediately following the training session, Tom Gray demonstrated his unique skills during a scrimmage fest against City University of NJ and Manhattan College, as the MetroDogs helped out as ball boys.

MetroDogs return to Monmouth's "Great Lawn" on April 29. Once again, thank you Coach Rob McCourt, his staff and players for their time and support of the Middletown Soccer Club.


Sunday, April 2
Middletown Soccer Club's two premier teams tie.
The MetroDogs and White Knights tied 1-1 this afternoon. White Knights opened up the scoring with a first half goal. James Anderson scored a second half equalizer for the MetroDogs. Connor Hughes provided exceptional midfield work for the MetroDogs, as Michael Lino excelled on defense for the White Knights. Great job by both team's goalies, Michael Clarke of the White Knights, who made several huge saves, and Jake Ripnick of the MetroDogs, who saved a penalty kick.

Great job by both Middletown teams.

Saturday, April 1
MetroDogs post another shutout.
Middletown MetroDogs played away against the Ocean Wizards. Once again the MetroDogs midfield and backline was flawless and did not give up a shot on goal.

James Merges opened up with a first half goal. Mark Krivitzky kept pressure on the Ocean defense and sent many crosses into the box. Austen McGregor followed up with a second half goal. Both goals were result of great 2nd and 3rd efforts by Merges and McGregor. Great job controlling the midfield and backline by Eric Bulvid, Daniel Eynisfeld and Billy Daddano.

Jake Ripnick notched his second shutout in a row.

MetroDogs 2 - Ocean 0

Sunday, March 26
MetroDogs win home opener.
The MetroDogs posted their 3rd consecutive shutout in 3 games this weekend. Marlboro Beckham Blue brought their HIGH-ENERGY style of play into the DogPound, only to be shutout by the MetroDog's stingy defense. Kevin Monaghan and Eric Bulvid led the MetroDog's defense and kept pressure off goalie Jake Ripnick. Eventhough the MetroDogs had 3 goals, the Marlboro goalie kept his team in the match with several keys saves.

The MetroDogs opened the scoring in the first half, as Connor Ryan sent a nice cross to the back post, Kevin Papa headed the ball back to the penalty spot and James Anderson finished with precision accuracy.

After halftime, the MetroDogs shuffled their lineup. Mark Krivitsky hit a corner kick to the near post and James Merges headed the ball into the back the net. The MetroDogs scored their third goal on a nice through ball from Ryan to Krivitsky. Krivitzky gathered the ball at the center line, beat two Marlboro defenders and his shot from 20 yards beat the keeper.

MetroDogs 3 - Marlboro 0

Saturday, March 25
MetroDogs win two in Middletown Friendly Tournament
MetroDogs opened up the Middletown Freindly Tournament with a 3-0 victory over East Windsor Dragons. The MetroDogs scored three second half goals. Goals were scored by James Anderson, Austen McGregor and Kevin Papa.

In the second game, the MetroDogs scored two first half goals, to beat Colts Neck Vipers 2-0. Kevin Papa and James Anderson scored for the MetroDogs.

MetroDogs open MOSA Premier with victory.
Middletown MetroDogs open MOSA Premier with an away victory against Howell. As usual, these two teams played an even game, as the both teams fought the cold weather and wind. Howell opened up with a first half goal that was disallowed by a questionable offsides call. A few minutes later, a Howell forward converted off a corner kick.

After half time, the MetroDogs regrouped made some position changes, and with the wind at their back, scored two second half goals. Mark Krivitzky opened up the scoring, as he redirected a James Merges shot. Moments later, James Anderson scored the game winner for the MetroDogs. Great job by the MetroDog's midfield and defense that thwarted many Howell scoring chances. MetroDogs 2 - Howell 1.

MOSA 2006 Spring schedule announced.
MOSA has posted the 2006 Spring schedule. Once again, the MetroDogs will be competing in the U11 Premier Division. MetroDogs open the season against Howell Xtreme on March 19,2006.

Good luck this season.

MetroDogs come out of hibernation.
Middletown MetroDogs made their first appearance in 2006, at the Paddy O'Neill Indoor Soccer Tournament in Toms River.

The MetroDogs possession style was a pleasure to watch. Mark Krivitzky was leading goal scorer, as the MetroDogs won all three matches. Congrats to William Docherty, second leading scorer, in his first game as a MetroDog.

MetroDog's party like it's 1999.

MDParty 2006

2005 U11 MetroDogs - Thanks to all of the parents for their support.


MetroDogs close out Fall season with victory.
Middletown Soccer Club MetroDogs closed out their 2005 Fall season with a 1-0 victory vs Medford Flash. The MetroDogs scored in the first half, off of James Anderson's frozen corner kick. Connor Ryan found the loose ball and burried his shot into the back of the net.

The MetroDogs back line was solid as Kevin Papa continually shut down Medford's right side.

Great job all weekend and all year. The MetroDog's coaching staff are very proud of the personal growth of each and everyone of the players. Keep up the hard work and enjoy your holiday season.

Region's best sneak past MetroDogs.
FC Bucks of Richboro, PA ranked number 7 in PA., 13 in Region I, and 44 in USA scored on a first half penalty and held on to win 1-0.

The rest of the match was played evenly between the 18 yard boxes. Great midfield and back line play by both teams, as Kevin Monaghan excelled for the MetroDogs.

In the second match up, NJSA04 United ranked 6 in NJ found themselves trailing 1-0 to the MetroDogs at half. James Merges opened up scoring with a tremendous free kick blast from beyond 30 yards. Minutes later, Merges found himself in the same spot with another free kick. Unfortunately, his second free kick whistled inches past the near post.

NJSA maintained second half pressure and scored two goals in the final minutes. MetroDogs almost scored the equalizer, as Nick DeFelice's right footed shot just missed the far post.

Great job by all the boys against two of the region's top clubs and thanks to Michael Clarke and Steven McGeever who made appearances for the MetroDogs.

MetroDogs take on region's best teams at Thanksgiving Tournament
The Middletown MetroDogs get ready to wrap up the U11 Boys Fall season. The MetroDogs will take on FC Bucks-top ranked region 1 team, NJSA04 Extreme and Medford Flash at this year's Thanksgiving Tournament. The top 4 teams of 12 advance to championship round. Good Luck Dogs, and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

MetroDogs wrap up MOSA with win at Toms River
The MetroDogs traveled to Toms River for a tuesday evening match with the Strikers.

James Anderson opened up the scoring on a nice thru ball from Austen McGregor. Later in the first half, Connor Ryan dropped a pass to Kevin Papa, who ripped a shot into the upper half of the Toms River goal.

After halftime, the MetroDog midfield controlled much of the play. Ryan Rose, Pat Sweeney and Connor Hughes kept the ball out of the defensive end, and continually set up the MetroDog forwards.

Late in the second half, Kevin Papa slipped a nice pass to Jake Ripnick at midfield. Ripnick took on the Toms River defense, split two defenders and finished with a hard shot to the low back post. MetroDogs 3 - Toms River 0.

Next stop, Howell Thanksgiving Tournament.   

MetroDogs lose heartbreaker
The MetroDogs traveled to Howell, in a matchup to decide sole possession of first place in MOSA premier.

Hats off to both teams, all of the kids gave a gallant effort and left everything on the field.

Unfortunately, for the MetroDogs, the game would not be decided by players on the field, but by whistle of the referee. In the closing minutes of this 0-0 epic battle, choosing not to be left out of a classic game, the referee intervened, made his presence known and awarded a penalty kick to Howell. Howell converted the penalty kick. Great job by the Howell Xtreme.

MetroDogs close out MOSA premier this Tuesday at Toms River. Good luck Dogs.

MetroDogs shine vs FC Copa
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, FC Copa came to Middletown Soccer Club, for a M.A.P.S. game vs the MetroDogs.

MetroDogs defended the dog pound well with Jake Ripnick in goal.

In the first half, Colin Maresca, Nick DeFelice and James Anderson played soccer's version of tic tac toe. The trio combined with 5-6 one touch passes on the right side, and set up a beautiful goal, finished off by Connor Ryan.

MetroDogs 1
FC Copa    0

MetroDogs vs Howell, tomorrow at Howell. Good luck boys.

MetroDogs take on 4 teams in 5 days.
The Middletown MetroDogs opened up their soccer marathon vs Bergen County Soccer Academy.

BCSA opened up with a first half goal. The MetroDogs controlled play for most of the second half, but BCSA took advantage of the Dogs pressing forward and scored on a counter attack and an own goal by the Dogs. The MetroDogs maintained pressure as Connor Ryan scored off a rebound of Austen McGregor's shot.

BCSA was awarded and converted a penalty kick in stoppage time.
Hat's off to Eric Bulvid, who played a solid game after suffering a concussion and BCSA who played an aggressive, yet controlled attack. MetroDogs vs FC Copa tomorrow at Fairview Fields.

MetroDogs 6 vs Old Bridge 2
James Anderson scored a hat trick in the first half as Daniel Eynisfeld, James Merges and Billy Daddano added one goal each. The MetroDog's Eric Bulvid was taken to the Hospital.
He has a concussion but last seen, eating Pizza from Jake and John Ripnick, and reported feeling better by his mom.

MetroDogs win 2 out of 3 in 30 hours
Middletown MetroDogs travelled north to Bergen County and beat Fair Lawn Lightning S.A. 2-0 in a MAPS game.

The MetroDogs scored first after James Anderson was taken down in the penalty box. Kevin Papa converted the penalty kick as the first half ended. Marc Krivitzky gave the MetroDogs the go ahead goal, on a nice assist from Anderson. Preston LoPriore was solid in nets and registered his 6th shutout of the season.

Earlier in the day, the MetroDogs 3 White Knights 4.
Kevin Papa scored two first half goals and Marc Krivitzky blasted in another.

Who let the Dogs out?
Middletown MetroDogs 5 - Toms River Strikers 0

Tremendous effort by all the MetroDogs. Congrats to Nicky DeFelice, Billy Daddano, James Anderson, James Merges and Kevin Monaghan. Each of these MetroDogs scored today in a balanced and unselfish attack.

MetroDog's goalie Preston LoPriore notched his 5th shutout of the season. The MetroDogs have only given up 1 goal this year in MOSA Premier.

MetroDogs tie Wall 1-1.
The Middletown Soccer Club MetroDogs travelled to Wall for a 1-1 tie.
Wall opened up with the first score.   Wall's goal was the first goal that MetroDogs have given up in MOSA premier this year. Also in the first half, MetroDog's Colin Maresca scored his first goal for the equalizer.

MetroDogs Train at Sandy Hook
The MetroDogs couldn't find a dry field NJ. While most teams took the day off, the Dogs trained at Sandy Hook. A gorgeous day and plenty of beach, led to a great afternoon of training for the Dogs.

beach training

MetroDog Carwash rained out , new date to follow.

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MetroDogs defense bends, but doesn't break.
The Middletown MetroDogs beat Howell Xtreme 1-0. Marc Krivitzky scored the game winner in the first half, as Preston LoPriore registered his 4th shutout in a row. The MetroDogs midfield and defense provided a solid effort and kept the pressure off their goalie. Great job by two of the top teams in MOSA.

MetroDogs lose in second round of NJ State Cup
North Hunterdon Attack came to Middletown Soccer Club and beat the MetroDogs in overtime. The final score was 1-0.

MetroDogs register 3rd shutout in MOSA league play.
The Middletown MetroDogs played a determined Old Bridge team. It was 1-0 at halftime, but the Dogs prevailed, rallied for 3 second half goal and won 4-0.
Once again, a stellar performance by the Dogs defense. The Dogs didn't allow a single shot on goal. Great job by Nick Defelice, who has 3 goals and an assist in his last two MOSA games, and Eric Bulvid, who scored his first goal as a MetroDog.

MetroDogs lose to PDA Harkes.
Middletown MetroDogs travelled to PDA and lost a tough match 2-0. PDA opened up with 2 first half goals. The Dogs defense buckled down at half and shut out PDA in the final 30 minutes. MetroDogs finished the game strong as PDA's keeper made several second half saves. Great effort by the Dogs in their first MAPS game vs probably the top U11B team in the state.

Hats off to PDA for a fine display of youth soccer
In addition, the PDA coach added the following:
"It was a great experience for all the boys and I heard several compliments on your team from our boys as well.

Your boys played well and left everything on the field. Your team is very impressive and sound defensively. I was especially impressed with the play of your back line.

You will do very well in MAPS this season".

Best Regards,

Don Di Vite
PDA Harkes

MetroDogs beat White Knights 2-0 for 3rd shutout in a row.
Great work by Michael Lino of the White Knights and James Merges of the MetroDogs. The two standout players demonstrated great effort and sportsmanship, both during and after the game. Great job by two premier teams from the Middletown Soccer Club.

MetroDogs win in opening round of NJ State Cup Championship
The Middletown MetroDogs won 4-0 against Freehold Lightning in the first round of NJ State Cup.
Hats off to the Freehold Lightning goalie. The score was 1-0 at halftime as Freehold's goalie kept his team in the game. Also, great job by the MetroDog's defense. The MetroDog's stingy defense has only allowed 3 shots in the last two games.

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MetroDogs open MOSA season with a win vs Wall.
Big thanks to Jake and John Ripnick. Prior to the game, the father son duo, performed "Amazing Grace" on the bagpipes, in honor of September 11 and Katrina victims. Each player from both teams, held USA flags and made a circle around the bagpipers. Great job.

MetroDogs emBARK upon CJYSA-MAPS season, scheduled is posted.
2005 CJYSA-M.A.P.S.(Mid Atlantic Premier Soccer)schedule features the top clubs in NJ.
Including: MatchFit Celtic, PDA Harkes, Lightning S.A, Bergen County S.A. and F.C. Copa.

Come on out and support New Jersey's finest in youth soccer.

MetroDogs join CJYSA-MAPS U11 Premier Division.
The Middletown MetroDogs join CJYSA-MAPS premier division.  The MetroDogs will compete against some of the best soccer clubs in the tri-state area.  The CJYSA-MAPS games will be played on Saturdays and won't interfere with Sunday's MOSA schedule.

Good Luck Dogs.

MetroDogs look to acquire MetroStar's Mascot.
Middletown Soccer Club invades Giants Stadium, the MetroDog's and families attended the July 27th match, with FC Dallas vs. MetroStars.


MetroDogs finish scrimmage fest on winning note, winning 3 out 5 games
Middletown MetroDogs 3 vs Washington Twp 4

Middletown MetroDogs 1 vs Clifton Stallions 2

Middletown MetroDogs 4 vs Kearny Thistle F.C. 0

2004 Middletown MetroDogs U10 M.O.S.A. Premier Division

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Middletown MetroDogs open season with Scrimmage Fest.
The MetroDogs led by Coaches Jim Ryan and Jake McGregor, gear up to take on the MOSA U11 Boys Premier division this fall.

This weekend, the MetroDogs will compete against some of the elite U11 boy's teams throughout New Jersey at the Howell/Middletown Scrimmage fest on August 20 in Howell and August 21 at Fairview Fields in Middletown.

This pre-season friendly tournament will be the perfect introduction, for the MetroDogs, as they transition to full size fields, larger goals, 11 vs 11 players and 60 minute games.

The MetroDogs are ready to take on all teams brave enough to venture into "The Dog Pound"  Beware of the MetroDogs! Good Luck Boys.

Richie Williams trains with 2003 Middletown MetroDogs


MetroDogs open fall season with two wins at Howell Scrimmage Fest.
Middletown MetroDogs 1 vs Cherry Hill 0

Middletown MetroDogs 4 vs NJ Rangers 1