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DELAWARE VALLEY boys soccer is enjoying a renaissance this fall, and it took a new coach and the new culture he fostered to do so.
The Terriers (6-2) have reeled off five straight wins, a streak not seen in Alexandria in seven years, when Del Val won 17 games and the 2011 Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament title. It’s a good omen for a program which has averaged five wins over the last six years.
“We’re going by the mantra you have to prove it,” first-year coach Mike Miklosey said. “In the past we were a lot of talk. The seniors this year are carrying the message that you have to do more than just show up. They have lofty goals, they hate losing and they know I hate it. They totally changed the atmosphere around our games, and they want to practice perfectly every time.”
The Terriers extended their winning streak to five with three victories last week. Senior Anthony Fancera, who’s been on fire, scored a pair of second half goals to lift Del Val past Bernards, 2-0. Robert Zelley added an assist and Kevin Zipay made eight saves.
Del Val wiped out their next two opponents, North Plainfield (5-1) and Rutgers Prep (7-0). Caleb Bush had a hat trick in the first contest, and Fancera did the same in the second. Kevin Reinhart, Nick DiBetta and Chris Jacob each contributed to the scoring last week, and Zipay earned his fifth shutout.
Miklosey said the good-natured competition between best friends Fancera and Bush to lead the team in scoring has energized the program and taken heat off the defense, which in past years did most of the heavy lifting. Fancera leads Hunterdon County in goals (11) and points (25), and Bush is second with eight goals and 21 points.
The defense, anchored by Zipay and a pair of senior center backs, has registered five shutouts and basically opened the floodgates for the offensive attack. Seniors Chris Jacob and Michael Gonzalez are the center backs, and junior brothers Michael and Kevin Reinhart are the outside backs.
Miklosey glowed about the play of senior Nick DiBetta, who has clicked for three goals and four assists from his center mid post.
“He’s our general,” Miklosey said. “He’s 5-foot-6 but plays like he’s 6-6, 220. Fearless. He doesn’t get a lot of attention but he deserves it.”