Boys Soccer – All-Shore Final Vote Winners
The votes are in and the final four members of the 2017 Boys Soccer All-Shore team have been selected by the readers, with a combined vote total of more than 18,000. Congratulations to the four winners and to everyone who appeared on the ballot, as well. Read on for the winners.
All-Shore Final Vote Winners
Matt Babcock, Sr., Toms River South
With two years as a starter already under his belt, Babcock returned this season as one of Toms River South's leaders, although he did so without a lot of scoring on his resume. This year, the senior got into the scoring mix rather frequently, dishing out 15 assists to go with his five goals on an Indians team that won its third consecutive NJSIAA sectional title and finished No. 4 in the Shore Sports Network Top 10.
Babcock beat out Barnegat junior Ricky Norman for the final forward spot by picking up 29 percent of the vote. Norman came in at 17 percent, while CBA's Charlie Daly collected 14 percent and Wall junior Riley Powers earned 11.
Jonathan Santos, Jr., Middletown South
Middletown South returned to the postseason this year and finished third in Class B South thanks, in part, to a core of experienced varsity returnees. Santos, however, was a varsity newcomer and he helped pushed the Eagles over the top with his standout play in the middle. He posted four goals and eight assists during his first full varsity year and will lead a strong group of returning talent on next year's Eagles squad.
Santos drew nearly 33 percent of the more than 5,000 votes to beat out Neptune junior Mickenna Church, who collected 25.7 percent. Ocean junior Luke Yates took the lead into the last two days and finished with 20.8 percent of the vote.
Will Otto, Sr., Point Pleasant Boro
An all-division and all-county selection, Otto was a key cog in one of the Shore's stingiest defenses. The Panthers gave up 23 goals in 21 games and 10 of those goals came in the three games they played between the Shore Conference and NJSIAA Tournaments, giving them 13 goals allowed in the 18 games that were meaningful.
Otto won the last defender spot with 31 percent of the vote. He beat out Ocean junior Mark Mauro and his 22 percent, while Jackson Memorial's Ben Schnaak garnered just under 13 percent. Freehold Township senior Josh Cagan (11.6 percent) and Manasquan senior Chris Black (10) also finished in double-figure percentages.
Steve Redler, Jr., Point Pleasant Boro
In his first year as a starter, Redler turned in 10 clean sheets, which was tied for fourth in the Shore with Holmdel's Matt Lionette and behind only Shane Keenan of CBA (16), Jalen Folsom of Toms River South (12) and Nick Kinzler of Jackson Memorial (12). Redler and Point Boro racked up nearly half of those shutouts during a four game stretch during which the Panthers held their opponents without a goal for 320 minutes - including two scoreless draws.