Boys Soccer – Asbury Park Improves to 8-0 With Rout of St. Rose
ASBURY PARK - The Shore's greatest turnaround story during the 2016 boys soccer season has been the Asbury Park boys soccer team and not only have the Blue Bishops been perfect over their first eight games of the season - they have been completely dominant.
Asbury Park - the No. 9 team in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 - continued slicing through Class B Central Tuesday when it hammered St. Rose, 4-0. It was the second win by a four-goal margin over the Purple Roses, whom Asbury Park defeated, 5-1, in the first meeting in Belmar.
Davensky JoinVilmar and Stevenson Jean Baptiste had a hand in both Asbury Park goals in the first half and Fenelson Etienne scored two after the break.
"Last year, they trashed us," JoinVilmar said of St. Rose. "This year we had to get them back. We wanted to get revenge."
JoinVilmar headed in a corner kick by Jean Baptiste to open the scoring in the 27th minute and drew a foul inside the 18-yard box three minutes later. Jean Baptiste finished the penalty kick to cap the first-half scoring.
Etienne fought through a pair of St. Rose defenders and finished to the far right corner of the goal in the second minute of the second half. The senior later capped the scoring after Ronald JeanVilma dribbled up the right side and slid a cross to the middle, where Etienne finished the play from the six-yard line.
Before Asbury could get on the board, senior goalkeeper Joey Johnson kept St. Rose from striking first. Purple Roses leading scorer Brendan Hueth broke free of Asbury Park's back line and was in on Johnson one-on-one in the 19th minute. Johnson, however, saved the shot and St. Rose junior Dave Calloway ripped the follow off the crossbar to end the St. Rose threat.
With the score 3-0 in the second half, Johnson also coralled a shot by St. Rose senior Matty O'Malley that hit off the far right post and rolled along the goal-line before Johnson got his hands on it.
Purple Roses senior Jack Cusack also blasted a 30-yard shot off the crossbar with the score 4-0 in the final six minutes.
With another lopsided result, Asbury Park (8-0, 8-0) has now outscored its opponents 39-4 in eight games this season. Its only close finish was a 3-2 overtime win over Point Pleasant Beach.
Although the Blue Bishops have not yet proved themselves outside of Class B Central, St. Rose has picked up non-divisional wins over both Wall and Rumson-Fair Haven - a sign that Asbury Park might indeed be a serious threat to make a postseason run once the competition ramps up. The Blue Bishops will face a stern challenge this Friday, when they host No. 6 Matawan - the first place team in Class A Central heading into action on Wednesday.
Asbury Park 4, St. Rose 0
|St. Rose (7-4, 5-3)||0||0||0|
|Asbury Park (8-0, 8-0)||2||2||4|
Goals (Assists): (AP) Davensky JoinVilmar (Stevenson Jean Baptiste) 27', Stevenson Jean Baptiste (PK) 30', Fenelson Etienne 42', Fenelson Etienne (Ronald JeanVilma) 53'
Shots: Asbury Park, 17-9
Saves: (SR) Patrick Gates 5; (AP) Joey Johnson 3