NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Semifinals

North Jersey 2, Group III

(2) Hopewell Valley 4, (6) Middletown North 2

Sophomore Ryan Binn and senior Anthony Chiaino each scored a first-half goal to stake the Lions to a 2-0 halftime lead, but Abdullah Afridi scored three goals in the second half to rally the Bulldogs past Middletown South. Hopewell Valley will travel to No. 1 Mendham for Friday's sectional final.

Binn headed in a corner kick by Chiaino in the 28th minute for the game's first goal and Chiaino redirected a free kick by Ryan Harmon in the final minute of the first half.

Afridi scored the first two Hopewell goals to tie the game before Duncan O'Connor gave the Bulldogs the lead in the 65th minute

 

Central Jersey Group IV

(7) Freehold Twp. 3, (3) Princeton 1

Kyle Trainor, Chris Hoskins and Anthony Orrico each scored a goal in the first half and goalkeeper Mike Christina and the defense held off Princeton enough for the Patriots to beat the Little Tigers and advance to the sectional final Friday at No. 4 Monroe.

Trainor drilled a shot to the far left corner of the goal from 18 yards out in the 11th minute to give Freehold Township a 1-0 lead. Two minutes later, thunder forced the teams off the field and the game was delayed for one hour and 10 minutes before it resumed in the 27th minute.

A hand ball in the penalty area gave Freehold Township a penalty kick in the 22nd minute and Chris Hoskins buried a shot to the lower left to give the Patriots a 2-0 edge. Orrico added a third Freehold Township goal in the 31st off a feed from Hoskins to cap a dominant first half by the Patriots.

Despite losing top defender and senior captain Chris Harla to a head injury in the first half, Princeton rallied in the second half with a goal by Dwight Donis on a header off a Jake Caddeu throw-in in the 55th minute. The Little Tigers threatened throughout the remainder second half, but Christina turned away three quality chances with lunging saves.

 

Central Jersey Group III

(4) West Windsor-Plainsboro North 2, (1) Wall 0

Josh Schupak and Vincent Pugliese each scored in the first half and the Knights outlasted the Crimson Knights to advance to Friday's sectional final. West Windsor North will travel to play the winner of Wednesday's other semifinal between No. 3 Ocean and No. 2 Steinert.

(3) Ocean at (2) Steinert - PPD, Wednesday, 2 p.m.

 

Central Jersey Group II

(9) Holmdel 2, (4) A.L. Johnson 0

Leo Nobrega scored off a feed over the top from Joe Arena in the 31st minute and Mikey Neff tacked on a second-half score in the 73rd to lead the Hornets past the Crusaders and into the sectional final against No. 2 Bordentown.

Nogreda chipped the goalkeeper after running down Arena's pass to give Holmdel the lead. The Hornets defense held Johnson to three shots to help Tyler Marchiano record his 30th career shutout, tying a school record.

Neff struck with a shot off the post from 10 yards out after Justin McStay turned the corner and slid a cross through the box.

 

Central Jersey Group I

(5) South River at (1) Shore - PPD, Wednesday, 2 p.m.

 

South Jersey Group III

(3) Lacey at (2) Toms River South - PPD, Wednesday, 2 p.m.

 

South Jersey Group II

(7) Cinnaminson at (6) Manasquan - PPD, Wednesday, 2 p.m.

 

South Jersey Non-Public A

(1) CBA 10, (4) Notre Dame 2

Patrick Kollman and Tom Judge each recorded a hat trick and the Colts demolished the defending sectional champion Irish to advance to the sectional final for the second straight year. After losing to Notre Dame in last year's final, 5-2, CBA will go back to Eastern Reginal on Thursday looking for a sectional title, this time against No. 3 St. Augustine.

Matt Thorsheim also added a goal and three assists for CBA, while Ryan Nigro also chipped in three assists. Aaron Robertson, Nick Meyer and Aidan Conaghan each added a goal for CBA, which led 6-1 at halftime.

 

South Jersey Non-Public B

(8) Holy Cross 4, (5) Ranney 0

Connor Reilly led Holy Cross with a pair of goals and the Lancers beat the Panthers to advance to the sectional final against No. 3 Moorestown and Friends and end Ranney's landmark season.