Boys Soccer – Photo Gallery: Freehold Twp. Ousts Princeton in CJ 4
PRINCETON TWP. - The Freehold Township boys soccer team did last year's group one better by reaching the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV championship game and will look to win its second sectional championship in six years by beating the team that ended its season a year ago.
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.
Monroe ended Freehold Township's 2014 season in the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals, beating the Patriots 2-0 before losing to Manalapan in the sectional final.
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.
Freehold Township last won a sectional championship in 2010, when the Patriots beat Old Bridge in the Central Jersey Group IV final.