WEST LONG BRANCH - The two-time defending NJSIAA Group I girls soccer champions got pushed to the final minute by a fellow Shore Conference team Thursday, but dream of a three-peat remains alive.

Junior Frankie McDonough and senior Kendall Rich scored goals less than three minutes apart from one another early in the second half and fourth-seeded Shore Regional held off No. 5 Point Pleasant Beach in the Central Jersey Group I quarterfinals to advance to a semifinal showdown with top-seeded Metuchen on Monday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Point Beach at Shore by Paula Lopez

Shore senior Kendall Rich. (Photo by Paula Lopez)

McDonough notched her 31st goal of the season in the 44th minute to open the scoring and Rich followed shortly thereafter with a goal that gave the Blue Devils what appeared to be a comfortable, two-goal cushion.

The Garnet Gulls, however, answered in the 48th minute on a goal by junior Julia Cairns off a set-up by junior McKayla Hughes and later earned a penalty kick that they failed to convert in the 66th minute.

Point Beach goalkeeper Toni Abdy, meanwhile, saved 12 shots to help keep her team in the game.

 

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