After beating Brick Memorial to improve to 4-0, the Southern Regional boys soccer team went almost three full weeks without winning a game. The Rams slipped back to a .500 record (4-4-1) and a strong start to the season was more-or-less mitigated.

On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Southern ended its winless drought with a win as big as any team at the Shore has registered this season and with one more noteworthy win to cap the week, ended two of the Shore's longest winning streaks. Those two big wins were enough to land Southern the Week 4

On Wednesday of last week, Southern beat previously-unbeaten Jackson Memorial, 1-0, on a first-half goal by sophomore Kevin Kiernan to both end its winless run and also hand one of the two remaining undefeated teams at the Shore its first loss.

Jackson entered the game at Southern with a 9-0 record and on Saturday, Southern snapped yet another nine-game winning streak. After losing to Pinelands on opening day, Lacey won nine straight games before running into Southern on Saturday. The Rams scored twice in the final 16 minutes to top the Lions, 2-0, and end yet another nine-game winning streak.

Kiernan again came up with the deciding goal and junior defender Ben Hanneman headed in an insurance goal in the final three minutes.

Jackson Memorial's win over Toms River North on Tuesday means Southern not longer has a chance to win a share of the Class A South championship but the Rams can still finish alone in second place with a win over Toms River East in a game scheduled for Thursday.

 

Other 2018 Team of the Week Winners

Week 1: Long Branch

Week 2: Manasquan

Week 3: Middletown South

 

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