FREEHOLD TWP. - Its players and coaches had to sweat it out on a brisk autumn afternoon, but the Freehold Township girls soccer team survived Monday and advanced to the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals.

Sarah Hughes, Nicole Sasso and Anna Priborkina each converted a penalty kick and goalkeeper Ang DeCicco delivered a key save as the Patriots - the No. 2 seed in the Shore Conference Tournament - beat No. 7 Jackson Memorial in a shootout, 3-2, following a 1-1 draw over 100 minutes of game action.

Freehold Township grabbed an early lead when Alyssa Reszkowski scored in the second minute of the game on a pass from Sasso.

Jackson Memorial equalized in the second half, with Madison Taylor finishing off a feed from Emily Jacoby.

Freehold Township advances to play No. 3 Toms River North Wednesday in the SCT semifinals at Central Regional High School. The Patriots-Mariners match will be the front end of a semifinal double-header beginning at 5 p.m., with No. 1 Wall vs. No. 5 Colts Neck to follow.

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