Non-Division

No. 3 Ocean 3, No. 9 Freehold Boro 0

Senior Zach Sintic kicked off the season with a direct kick to open the scoring and classmates James Schutz and Santieno Harding tacked on a goal apiece to lead the Spartans to a shutout win over the Colonials. Senior Griffin Adolf set up the goal by Schutz to extend the lead to two goals in the 64th minute.

No. 1 Holmdel 4, Middletown South 0

Senior Ryan Ferguson scored two goals and reigning Shore Sports Network Player of the Year Anthony Arena notched a goal and two assists to guide the defending Shore Conference and Group II champions to an opening-day win over the Eagles.

Senior Joe Arena scored the other goal and senior Mark McStay and junior Eric Hinds each assisted a goal. Senior goalkeeper Jack Murray denied a Middletown South breakaway for one of his eight saves in his first clean sheet of the year.

Long Branch 4, Red Bank 2

Senior Stiviny Silva dialed up a hat trick on opening day to lead the Green Wave past the Bucs. Senior James McGrath scored the other Long Branch goal and Eryck Lazo, Jason Laviola and Jefferson Orellana each assisted a Green Wave goal.

No. 4 Jackson Memorial 2, No. 5 Pinelands 0

Senior Ben Patti opened the scoring in style, dipping a 30-yard strike under the crossbar for the deciding goal in a battle between the top-two ranked team in Ocean County to open the season.

Patti's shot broke the scoreless draw in the 25th minute and junior Ed Jacoby knocked in a second Jaguars goal in the 56th off a through from junior Dan Russo.

Pinelands played the final 26 with 10 men after senior midfielder Anthony Diaz picked up his second yellow card of the match. Jackson Memorial outshot Pinelands 9-0 over those final 26 minutes and finished with a 16-4 advantage in total shots, including 9-3 on goal.

Brick Memorial 1, Shore 0

Sophomore Jack Fanning converted a pass from senior Sean Aubry for a goal in the 35th minute, which was enough to deliver the Mustangs with a opening-day win over the Blue Devils. Senior Trevor Greene saved six shuts and locked up the shutout with the help of senior Mike Ingenito, who cleared the ball of the line on two occasions.

Toms River North 2, No. 10 Freehold Twp. 2

Sophomore Ali Baush knocked in the equalizer off a John Psaradakis corner kick in the 60th minute and the Mariners battled back twice against the Patriots and earned a draw on the road.

Sophomore Adam Havens opened the scoring in the 23rd minute to put Freehold Township on top before Toms River North immediately answered on a shot by senior Riley DeFeis to the upper right corner of the net off a touch from senior Nico Garcia.

The Patriots jumped back on top when sophomore Zach Orrico punched in shot off a rebound before the half.

Freehold Township went down a man in the 24th minute thanks to a double-yellow card.

Red Bank Catholic 5, Asbury Park 0

Five RBC players scored a goal and Andrew Schweizer stopped seven shots as the Caseys routed the Blue Bishops in their season opener.

Senior Andrew Colannino led the way with a goal and two assists, including the first goal of the season off a Diego Volpe assist in the second minute. Senior Alex Nichols also added a goal and an assist in the first half, with Colonnino assisting his goal in the ninth minute.

Freshman Anthony Muniz added a goal in the 18th minute to make the score 3-0 and senior Terrence Carroll and junior Christian Quindes each tacked on a goal in the second half.

St. John Vianney 3, Manchester 0

Juniors Kieran Kane and Armond Valentino each scored a goal to go with an assist and the Lancers picked up an opening-day shutout win over the Hawks.

Kane connected on a 30-yard direct kick 25 minutes in and played Valentino through for the final goal in the 62nd. Valentino picked p the assist on a goal by Nico Clark in the 32nd.

 

Non-Conference

Middletown North 2, Hightstown 1

Junior Matt Dulin scored an equalizer off a feed from sophomore Alex Perez in the 23rd minute and junior Pete Angelucci converted the winning penalty kick in the 49th as the Lions bounced back from an early deficit to top the Rams on the road to open their season.

Middletown North twice denied Hightstown the tying goal in the final minutes, with senior defender Dane Calhoun clearing the ball off the end-line in the 76th minute and sophomore goalkeeper Alex Bogues saving a shot in the 78th.

 

Southern 4, Atlantic Tech 2

Four different Southern players scored a goal and the Rams outlasted Atlantic Tech to open their season with a win. Sophomore John Paul Prosperi, senior Frank Ritchie, senior Jose Bonilla and senior Fernando Medina all found the net, with junior Martin Rojas also adding a pair of assists.

 

 

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