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Boys Soccer – NRS Boys Soccer Players of the Week, Sept. 7 to Sept. 13

NRS Player of the week

NRS Boys Soccer Player of the Week

Matt O’Connell, Pinelands

The senior goal-scoring specialist has picked up where he left off last year, when he scored 19 goals and 12 assists. Pinelands is off to a 2-1 start thanks to O’Connell, who recorded hat tricks in both of his team’s wins. He scored three of Pinelands’ four goals – including the golden goal in overtime – in a come-from behind win over Lakewood on opening day and also assisted the equalizer. He later led the Wildcats to a key early-season win over Point Boro by picking up his second hat trick of the year in a 4-1 Pinelands victory.

B South Honorable Mention: Corey Brantz, Barnegat; Jon Michael Pereira, Donovan Catholic; Jonathan Toichihuitl, Lakewood; Kevin Garry, Jackson Liberty

Pinelands senior Matt O'Connell against Donovan Catholic in 2015. (Photo by Matt Manley)
Pinelands senior Matt O’Connell (10) against Donovan Catholic in 2015. (Photo by Matt Manley)

A North

Louis Reale, Colts Neck

The Cougars are off to a fast start thanks, in large part, to Reale, who returned to the team this season after spending last year playing in Argentina. Reale recorded a first-half hat trick in a 6-4 win over Freehold Township on Tuesday and set up a pair of goals by Christian Saavedra on designed penalty kicks. Saavedra also scored three goals this week, including one in a win over Neptune on Saturday.

A North Honorable Mention: Patrick Kollman, CBA; Andrew DiBella, Freehold Twp.; James Weinberg, Marlboro; Abelardo Herrera, Freehold Boro


A Central

Carson Greengrove, Rumson-Fair Haven

Technically, Rumson’s win over Don Bosco does not count towards the regular season but it will count toward the Players of the Week tally. Greengrove scored a goal in that Rumson win over the Iron Mikes, which was determined by the NJSIAA to be a scrimmage because it was played a day before the regular season was to begin. He also scored the deciding goal in a 1-0 decision over St. John Vianney, the Bulldogs’ first official win of the year.

A Central Honorable Mention: Nick Benoit, Raritan; Dante Montesinos, Shore; Anthony Quattrocchi, Matawan; Torre Avitable, Holmdel


A South

Griffin Bacon, Central

The Golden Eagles are flying high to start 2016 and Bacon has had a hand in each of his team’s three wins to open the year. He scored a goal each in wins over Toms River East and Lacey, then recorded a hat trick Monday in a 4-0 win over Brick.

A South Honorable Mention: Mike Schoener, Jackson Memorial; Matt Benvenuto, Toms River North; Tyler Egnatuk, Toms River South; Joe Kiernan, Southern


B North

Ryan Harmon, Middletown North

In two games this season, Harmon has delivered both in quantity and quality for a Lions team with big expectations. He scored two goals and assisted another in a 7-0 drubbing of Red Bank Catholic on opening day, then scored the lone goal in a crucial 1-0 win over Wall on Tuesday.

B North Honorable Mention: Venancio Fernandes, Long Branch; Santieno Harding, Ocean; Erick Vasquez, Ocean; Dan Del Guercio, Manasquan


B Central

Matty O’Malley, St. Rose

Other players in Class B North had bigger statistical weeks than O’Malley did, but the senior midfielder delivered in a big game against a quality opponent outside of B Central – a significant measuring stick for players and teams in the division. O’Malley scored the overtime winner in a 2-1 Purple Roses win over Wall on Saturday and contributed two goals and an assist during St. Rose’s 3-0 start.

B Central Honorable Mention: Davensky Joinvilmar, Asbury Park; Ian Dobrzynski, Ranney; Brendan Wall, Ranney; Fenelson Etienne, Asbury Park

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