Class A North

No. 9 Freehold Twp. 2, No. 5 Howell 1

Junior Bennett Messinger scored the game-winning goal in the 71st minute and the Patriots (2-0-1, 1-0-0) outlasted the Rebels (1-1, 0-1) in a see-saw A North battle.

Sophomore Joe Lardaro stepped in front of an attempted clearance and knocked it over to Messinger, who skidded a shot from 12-yards out into the lower left of the goal.

Howell tied the game 13 minutes earlier on a goal by Pat Coughlin, who knocked in a follow-up after Dylan Douger's initial strike hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced just in front of the goal for an opportunistic Coughlin.

Freehold Township opened the scoring in the 48th minute on a header by senior Chris Orrico, who planted himself at the far left post and struck into the goal a cross by Cristian Corcione from the deep right corner.

Patriots keeper Evan Nastarowicz saved a one-on-one chance by Howell junior Mike Anello in the first half, which was the closest either team came to breaking through before halftime.

No. 7 Freehold Boro 3, Middletown South 2

Isaac Ball scored the winning goal with 1:07 left in the second half on a pass from Phil Franco and the Colonials (2-1, 1-0) took down the Eagles (0-3, 0-1) in another wild Class A North showdown.

Sean Liner pulled Middletown South even, 2-2, in the 50th minute after the Eagles entered the second half trailing by a goal.

Ball assisted an equalizer by Abel Herrera in the 27th minute and Lucas Bruckmann drilled a penalty kick with 1:23 left in the first half to give Freehold Boro its first lead.

Junior Danny Minze staked Middletown South to a 1-0 lead with a goal in the 15th minute.

Manalapan 3, Marlboro 2 (OT)

Junior Junquet scored the golden goal in the second overtime period and the Braves (1-2, 1-0) edged the Mustangs (1-2, 0-1) for their first win of the season.

Senior Justin Goldberg scored the first goal of the game off a pass from junior Lucas Moreira and junior James Besser scored to tie the game at 2-2 in the 58th minute off a feed from senior Mike Kuver.

Senior Brandon Grine scored the tying goal for Marlboro in the 23rd and junior Max Shushkovsky converted a penalty kick in the 37th to give the Mustangs a 3-2 lead heading into the half.

 

Class A South

No. 4 Jackson Memorial 4, Central 0

Senior Ben Patti assisted two of the four goals by four different Jackson Memorial players and the Jaguars (4-0, 1-0) coasted to their fourth straight win to open the season by grounding the Golden Eagles (0-3, 0-1).

Patti set up senior Logan Lewis for a goal that opened the scoring in the 12th minute and later assisted the final goal in the 62nd, scoring by senior Andrew Keating.

Senior Joe Schlageter made it 2-0 in the 23rd off an assist from junior Ben Schnaak and freshman Steve Bado scored in the 30th minute to make it 3-0 heading into halftime.

Senior Nick Kinzler saved three shots to earn his third shutout in four games this season.

Southern 4, Brick Memorial 1

Sophomore Kevin Kiernan scored two goals and the Rams (4-0, 2-0) rolled through the Mustangs (1-2, 0-1) for their fourth straight win to open the season.

Seniors Frank Ritchie and Jose Bonilla each added a goal for Southern.

No. 10 Toms River North 4, Brick 0

Nico Garcia opened the scoring in the ninth minute and closed it in the 56th to lead the Mariners (2-0-1, 1-0-0) to a shutout win over the Green Dragons (2-2, 0-1).

Ali Baush extended the lead to 2-0 with a goal in the 18th minute off the first of two assists by Riley DeFeis and Andrew Casey scored to make it 3-0 on a feed from Logan Mack. John Psaradakis also chipped in an assist, which came on Garcia's first goal.

No. 6 Toms River South 2, Toms River East 1

Jack Seitz's 20-yard free kick turned out to be the deciding goal as the Indians (1-1, 1-1) held off a late charge from the Raiders (1-3, 0-2) to pick up their first win of the season.

Dane Bodziak converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute to force a frantic final minute-plus but Toms River South goalkeeper Jalen Folsom and the Indians defense held strong.

Junior Shane Kluxen opened the scoring off a cross from senior Danny Caruso.

 

Class B Central

Point Beach 4, Ranney 2

Senior Alex Atno recorded a hat trick in his team's season opener and the Garnet Gulls (1-0, 1-0) held off the Panthers (0-2, 0-1) to start their season with a win.

Senior Ki Costa scored the other goal, which made the score 2-0 in the 10th minute, and assisted Atno's final goal in the 54th. Senior Ryan Brodeuer also assisted two goals and junior Robert D'Agastaro added an assist as well.

St. Rose 3, Asbury Park 0

Senior Jonathan Caputo scored two goals and sophomore Morgan Fahy added another as the Purple Roses (2-1, 1-0) blanked the Blue Bishops (1-2, 1-1).

Keyport at Henry Hudson - PPD, TBA

 

Class B South

Lakewood 1, Point Boro 0

Senior Josh Lemus scored the lone goal of the game in the 65th minute off a feed from classmate Junior Bravo and the Piners (3-0-1, 3-0-0) hung on to beat the Panthers (0-4, 0-2) and remain unbeaten at the start of their season.

Senior goalkeeper Moises Galvan saved seven shots to lock up the shutout.

Lacey 5, Barnegat 0

Senior Kip Byrne scored three goals and assisted two others during a second-half explosion that propelled the Lions (1-1, 1-1) to a win over the Bengals (2-2, 1-1) - their first victory of the season.

Byrne drilled a 23-yard direct kick three minutes into the second half to break a scoreless deadlock and added two more goals within a span of 10 minutes to break the game open. He later assisted goals by senior Miguel Andrade and junior Sean Moffitt that capped the scoring.

 

 

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