Boys NJSIAA Tournament

Group Semifinals

Group IV

At Memorial Athletic Complex, Summerfield Elementary School, Neptune

Washington Twp. 2, Manalapan 1 (OT)

Senior All-American Derek MacKinnon scored the second of his two goals 36 seconds into the second overtime and the Minutemen thwarted a stern challenge from the Braves to advance the Group IV final Sunday against Scotch Plains-Fanwood at Kean University, their first trip to a Group final in program history.

Manalapan tied the game in the 75th minute on a shot by senior Jordan Vance from just inside the top of the 18-yard box. Washington attempted to clear a free kick by Braves senior Ryan Hammer, but the ball bounced right to Vance, who lofted a shot to the right side netting to stun the Minutemen.

Braves senior goalkeeper Justin Terr made his second of two crucial saves in the 77th, when he parried a shot by MacKinnon from six yards away up over the crossbar. Terr also saved a shot by Seton Hall recruit Burak Odzemir to the upper near corner of the frame in the 52nd minute.

Washington won the game within the first minute of the second overtime session on a give-and-go between MacKinnon and Dan Marino. MacKinnon chipped the ball in the air to Marino, who one-timed the ball through to MacKinnon. The St. Joseph's recruit drew Terr off of his line and slipped the winning goal to the right side netting to set of Washington's celebration.

MacKinnon scored his first goal of the match by one-timing a pass from Lou Vilotti out of the air and into the net in the ninth minute.

 

Group I

At Eastern High School

Haddon Twp. 1, Shore 0

Jake Mulroy buried a shot from the top of the 18-yard box in the 67th minute and the Hawks edged the Blue Devils to advance to the Group I final on Sunday against Harrison at Kean University.

Kieran Burns saved six shots to help preserve the shutout for Haddon.

 

Girls NJSIAA Tournament

Group Semifinals

Group III

At Toms River North High School

Colts Neck 4, Moorestown 1

Sophomore Frankie Tagliaferri scored two goals and the Cougars rallied for four second-half goals to come back and beat the Quakers. Colts Neck will face Northern Highlands in the Group III final on Saturday at Kean University.

Tagliaferri scored the equalizer before junior Allison Russo drew a foul in the box and buried the ensuing penalty kick to put Colts Neck ahead, 2-1. Tagliaferri scored her second goal to put Colts Neck on top, 3-1, and Bridgette King ended the second-half scoring avalanche with a goal in the final minute.

 

Group II

At St. Augustine Prep

Holmdel 1, Sterling 0 (OT)

Hannah Lee scored in the eighth minute of overtime off a pass from Gabby Bair out of a set piece and the Hornets topped the Silver Knights to advance to their first Group final in history.

Holmdel will face Ramapo in the Group II championship game on Saturday at Kean University.

 

Group I

Shore 2, Audobon 0

Sam McDonough scored in the seventh minute of play and Kelly Bolsch added an insurance tally in the 59th as the Blue Devils blanked the Green Wave to advance to the Group I championship game for the third straight year.

Shore tied Glen Ridge, 1-1, in the Group I final last year to earn a share of the Group championship after losing, 2-0, to Glen Ridge in 2012. The Blue Devils will play Kinnelon - which beat Glen Ridge, 2-1, on Wednesday night - in Saturday's final at Kean University.