NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Semifinals

Central Jersey Group IV

(7) Freehold Twp. 3, (4) Monroe 2

Nick Facendo scored two goals in the final eight minutes, including the game-winning goal in the 75th minute, as the Patriots beat the Falcons in a wild back-and-forth game to clinch their first sectional title since 2010.

Neither team scored for the first 64 minutes of action and then the two teams erupted for a combined five goals in a span of exactly 10 minutes and four goals in a span of 3:34. Chris Anello headed in a corner kick from Mike Maltese to the back post with 15:04 left to open the scoring. The assist was the 14th of the season, tying a single-season record previously held by 2009 graduate and current assistant coach Ryan Clark.

Monroe tied the game in the 72nd on a penalty kick by Matt Mischler, the second penalty kick awarded to the Falcons on a foul by Maltese in the box. Patriots goalkeeper Mike Christina saved the first one in the 10th minute.

Fifty seconds after the Monroe equalizer, Facendo scored the first of his two go-ahead goals, taking a through from Chris Hoskins and slotting a shot to the far right post.

Zach Hroch broke free for another equalizer 2:23 after Facendo scored for Freehold Township, but it took only 31 seconds for the Patriots to grab the lead back. Kyle Trainor headed the ball to the left side of the box and Facedo turned and struck a left-footed shot into the goal to give Freehold Township the lead for good with 5:04 left.

Freehold Township will play Washington Township in the Group IV semifinal Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. at Summerfield Elementary School in Neptune. Washington is the defending Group IV champion and is 49-2-1 over the last two seasons.

 

Central Jersey Group III

Ocean 1, West Windsor-Plainsboro North 0 (OT)

Ryan Wells headed in a corner kick by Santino Harding with 1:30 left in the second overtime period and the Spartans beat the Knights on a golden goal to win their first sectional title since 2000.

Wells blasted 45-yard direct kick on frame in the 87th minute, but West Windsor North goalkeeper Oliver Sapon parried the ball away from the upper left corner of the goal. Two minutes earlier, Vincenzo Pugliese nearly won the game for the Knights, but his strike from 12 yards out hit the crossbar.

Ocean dominated play to the tune of a 16-4 advantage in shots and a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks. Braylin Estrella nearly scored 30 seconds into the game, but his header of a cross from Marlhens Nasanes hit the near right post.

Ocean will take on Toms River South in the Group III semifinals Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. at Toms River North High School. The two Shore Conference programs met during last year's Shore Conference Tournament round of 16, with the Indians escaping in penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw on their home field.

 

Central Jersey Group II

(9) Holmdel 1, (2) Bordentown 0

Freshman Joe Arena scored five minutes into the game and the Hornets blanked the Scotties to win their fourth sectional title in the last six years and first since 2012.

The Hornets jumped out in front off a Nick Guga corner kick that was deflected to the far post. Dylan Chapman headed the ball back to toward the front of the goal, where Arena volleyed it into the side netting.

The Holmdel defense kept the Bordentown attack away from goalkeeper Tyler Marchiano, who recorded his 31st career shutout to set a new school record.

Holmdel will play South Jersey champion Delran on Tuesday at St. Augustine High School at 5 p.m. The two programs will meet for the fourth straight season in the NJSIAA Tournament, with Holmdel winning the matchup in 2012 and the teams trading penalty kick victories on the road over the past two seasons. Delran beat Holmdel in penalty kicks in the 2013 sectional semifinals and the Hornets returned the favor in last year's sectional quarterfinal.

 

South Jersey Group III

(3) Toms River South 2, (5) Ocean City 1

Cameron Geerinck scored two goals in the first half and the Indians held on to beat the Red Raiders to capture their first sectional title since winning the overall Group IV championship in 2009.

Geerinck's goals were his 26th and 27th of the season and the first of the two broke the single season school record. Geerinck has now scored in 11 straight games and Toms River South has gone 10-1 during that stretch. Since dropping to 5-2, the Indians are 15-1 in their last 16.

Toms River South will play Ocean for a spot in the Group III semifinals Tuesday night at Toms River North at 7 p.m.