NJSIAA Tournament
Sectional Semifinals
Central Jersey Group IV

(2) Manalapan 3, (6) Hunterdon Central 2 (OT)

Ayush Mittal scored the golden goal in the first minute of overtime and the Braves held off a comeback from the Red Devils to advance to the sectional final for the first time since 2007, when Manalapan shared the overall Group IV title with Clifton.

Mittal has scored three goals in the last two state tournament games after tallying only one all season prior. Adam Weisberger notched the assist on the game-winning goal.

Ryan Hammer and Rob Pratka each scored first-half goals, with Hammer opening the scoring in the 10th minute and assisting Pratka's goal in the 18th. Pratka also assisted Hammer's goal, volleying an initial pass from Rocky Garretson.

(4) Monroe 2, (9) Freehold Township 0

Dave Durski scored in the 48th minute from point-blank range off a cross Hunter Merrick redirected a free kick into the goal in the 75th to help the Falcons halt the Patriots and advance to the sectional finals Thursday at No. 2 Manalapan.

Freehold Township had allowed one goal over its eight-game unbeaten streak (7-0-1) coming into the game, but Monroe continued its scoring spree during the postseason, which now includes nine goals in three games.

 

Central Jersey Group III

(6) Red Bank 3, (2) Steinert 0

Justin Gilson scored two goals and Joe Malley added another as the Bucs advanced to the sectional championship game for the first time in school history. Connor Kelly earned the shutout, while Gilson tallied his 24th and 25th goals of the season.

Red Bank will travel to top-seeded Princeton on Thursday for the Central Jersey Group III final.

 

Central Jersey Group II

(13) Governor Livingston 2, (1) Point Boro 1 (OT)

Mason Remondelli scored off a Kenny Fellows throw-in in the first half, but the Highlanders answered right back and won in overtime to advance to Thursday's sectional final at Holmdel.

(7) Holmdel 2, (14) Bordentown 1 (OT)

Hunter Chapman scored two goals, including the golden goal in the 85th minute and the Hornets beat the Scotties to advance to the sectional finals for the fourth time in five years. Holmdel will host No. 13 Governor Livingston in the Central Jersey Group II final on Thursday.

Chapman scored the winning goal off a throw-in by Brendan Wall and notched the equalizer in the 58th, five minutes after Bordentown grabbed the first lead.

 

Central Jersey Group I

(1) Shore 8, (5) Roselle Park 3

J.T. Kessler scored three goals during a seven-goal first-half and the Blue Devils pummelled the Panthers to advance to the sectional final against No. 2 New Egypt on Thursday. Kessler's hat trick was his second in as many games and the junior now has eight goals in three state tournament games to up his season total to 39.

Dante Montesinos and Cole Allem each scored within the first three minutes of the game and Stevie Johnson added a goal in the sixth to give Shore a commanding 3-0 lead in the early going. Kessler scored three more goals before halftime, with Lucas Bongarzone adding a first-half goal.

Marcelo Armondes scored the only second-half goal by Shore to increase the Blue Devils lead to 8-1.

 

South Jersey Group IV

(5) Toms River North 3, (1) Rancocas Valley 2 (OT)

Joey Hertgen headed in the game-winning goal with 22 seconds left in the first overtime period and the Mariners knocked off the top-seeded Red Devils to advance to the sectional final for the first time since beating Rancocas Valley in the 2009 Central Jersey Group IV final.

Rancocas Valley rallied to tie the game at 2 in the final 15 minutes of regulation after goals by Cedric Cook and Ryan Cheslock gave Toms River North a 2-0 lead. Cook scored five minutes into the second half and Cheslock gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead in the 58th minute.

Toms River North will take on No. 2 Washington Township in the South Jersey Group IV final on Thursday. The Minutemen have won 19 straight since suffering their lone loss of the season on Sept. 15 to Eastern - which Toms River North defeated in the sectional quarterfinals.

 

South Jersey Group III

(2) Toms River South 2, (14) Seneca 1

Owen Lee scored the game-winning goal in the 66th minute and the Indians topped the Golden Eagles to advance to the sectional finals for the first time since winning the overall Group IV championship in 2009.

Mike Braun found Lee with a throug-ball to set up the opportunity, and Lee hit a shot that deflected off the goalkeeper and in to break a 1-1 deadlock.

Cameron Geerinck scored the game's first goal in the ninth minute when he redirected a cross from Jordan Urbaczek into the goal with a header. Seneca's Brendon Brown equalized with a header off a long throw-in by Riley Lovett in the 52nd minute.

Toms River South will travel to play top-seeded Ocean City in Thursday's South Jersey Group III championship.

 

South Jersey, Non-Public A

(3) CBA 4, (10) Red Bank Catholic 0

Matt Thorsheim scored a goal in each half and the Colts blanked the Caseys to advance to the sectional final for the first time in three years. The Colts will play No. 5 seed Notre Dame on Thursday at Eastern High School at 4 p.m.

John Frycz opened the scoring in the 11th minute off a long pass fromm Connor Gilmore and Thorsheim finished his first goal two minutes later off a deflected pass from Russell Romano after Romano beat a defender around the edge.

Thorsheim headed home a cross from Dean Canale in the 45th minute for the third CBA goal and Deven Bhattachayra capped the scoring with a goal in the 70th minute.

 

South Jersey, Non-Public B

Pingry 5, St. Rose 0