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Shore Sports Network 2021 Boys Soccer All-Shore Team

Selections made by SSN Senior Soccer Editor Matt Manley, based on stats, coaches' input and first-hand accounts.

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Second Team

A.J. Emnace, Sr., Forward, Toms River North – The top scorer for the No. 2 team in the Shore Conference (24 goals and two assists), Emnace went on a scoring tear during the NJSIAA Tournament. He scored eight goals in Toms River North’s first three wins in the South Jersey Group IV section, including the first four goals in a 7-0 first-round win and the first three of a 6-1 victory over Egg Harbor in the sectional quarterfinals. Emnace also had a big Shore Conference Tournament, putting in two goals apiece in wins over Shore Regional and Freehold Township.

Jared Brown, Sr., Forward, Toms River North ��� Emnace was a straight-ahead scorer for Toms River North, while Brown had a deep bag of tricks that helped him produce eight goals and five assists over the course of his senior season. Brown scored goals in a number of big games for the Mariners, including a goal and an assist each in a key early-season win over Toms River East and a 4-2 loss to CBA. He had a big showing in the Shore Conference Tournament, scoring the first two goals in a 7-1 rout of Shore and putting up a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win over No. 3 Freehold Township in the SCT semifinals.

Will Thygeson, Jr., Forward, Christian Brothers Academy – Shore Sports Network Player of the Year Dylan Cupo was the thunder in CBA’s attack and Thygeson and classmate Jack D’Eletto were the lightning on the outsides. Thygeson entered the Shore Conference Tournament final vs. Toms River North with only one goal on the season, but by that point, he already had nine assists. Beginning with his two goals in the SCT championship game, Thygeson scored four goals in CBA’s final five games, including goals in wins over Union Catholic and Notre Dame. His lone regular season goal was also a big one: the game-winning goal in the 74th minute of a 3-1 win at Marlboro.

Stephen DeMilio, Sr., Forward, Pinelands – It was one thing for Pinelands to find a breakout star in James Cahill, especially with Cahill showing signs of his ability to pick up the slack as a primary scorer. It was another pleasant surprise altogether for the Wildcats to stumble upon another big scorer in DeMilio, who went off for 19 goals and 10 assists during his breakout season. DeMilio finished second in the Shore Conference with eight multi-goal games and was one of seven players to reach double-digit totals in both goals and assists.


Josh Hocheiser, Sr., Midfield, Freehold Township – With four goals as a junior a year ago and five for his career heading into the season, Hocheiser was the most accomplished scorer on the Freehold Township roster coming into the season and brought that experience to the midfield and on the attack. Hocheiser scored 10 goals to go with six assists, with eight of his goals coming in Freehold Township’s last 10 games, including six during the Shore Conference and NJSIAA Tournaments.

Freehold Township senior Josh Hocheiser. (Photo by Tom Smith |
Freehold Township senior Josh Hocheiser. (Photo by Tom Smith |

Eduardo Ribiero, Sr., Midfield/Forward, Long Branch – Ribiero returned as Long Branch’s top scorer threat after scoring six goals a year ago and got off to a modest start to his senior year when it comes to finishing goals. After scoring three times with five assists in the team’s first 10 games, Ribiero went off for 11 goals and five assists over Long Branch’s final 12 matches. He scored five goals in six postseason games, including a two-goal effort in a win over Ocean in the Central Jersey Group III semifinals.


Owen Edwards, Jr., Midfield/Forward, Manchester – After leading Manchester to a NJSIAA sectional championship as a sophomore in 2020 and earning his first All-Shore selection, Edwards is back on the All-Shore squad with another big season for the Hawks. His 14 assists tied with Cahill for the most in the conference and with the 20 goals factored in, Edwards finished third in the conference in total points behind Pinelands senior James Cahill and Ocean senior Aidan Tisony. Edwards continued his penchant for postseason performance with three goals in two state tournament games.


Luke Pentikis, Sr., Midfield, Rumson-Fair Haven – A knee injury suffered on Sept. 25 sapped some of the momentum from Pentikis’s great start to his senior season, but it also laid the groundwork for an inspired comeback for him and his team. Pentikis posted three goals and six assists before getting injured in Rumson’s seventh game, then came back with a hat trick in his first game back – a 5-1 win over Ranney in the Shore Conference Tournament. Pentikis finished his senior season with seven goals and nine assists while leading Rumson to its first ever Central Jersey Group II championship.

Rumson-Fair Haven senior Luke Pentikis. (Photo: Tom Smith |
Rumson-Fair Haven senior Luke Pentikis. (Photo: Tom Smith |

Dan Hyde, Sr., Defense, Wall – Wall is no stranger to All-Shore defenders and Hyde is the latest standout for the Crimson Knights in the back. With 19 goals allowed in 17 games, Wall was again a strong defensive outfit, with Hyde captaining the four-man unit and the team as a whole. As so many all-conference and all-division defenders at Wall have in the past, Hyde was also a factor in creating goals, posting the most assists (seven) of any defender in the Shore Conference.


Jack McGagh, Sr., Defense, Christian Brothers Academy – While it was important for CBA’s lone returning defender, Declan Kelly, to lead the way for the Colts defense, it was also imperative that other players emerge as great players in the back and that is exactly when McGagh delivered. Like Kelly, his partner in the center of the defense, McGagh scored a goal and assisted three others over the course of the season and McGagh’s goal also came at an opportune time: giving CBA a 2-1 lead early in the second half against Toms River North during the Colts’ 4-2, regular-season win over the No. 2 team at the Shore.


Ryan Maguire, Sr., Defense, Toms River North – A starter since his sophomore season, Maguire made Toms River North’s defense versatile with his ability to defend the flanks as well as attack as the team’s outside back on the left side. Maguire’s prowess led to a goal and two assists during his senior season, while also contributing to the best defensive team in the Shore Conference by goals allowed (12 in 20 matches).


Jimmy Bruno, Sr., Defense, Manalapan – Like many of his returning teammates, Bruno was part of a 2020 Manalapan team that went 0-10-1, with the lone draw coming against CBA, of all teams. This season, Bruno and Co. came back on a mission. Led by a staunch defense that allowed just 17 goals in 18 games, the Braves went 8-4-6, finished third in a loaded Class A North division, made it to the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals for the first time since 2014, and finished the year ranked No. 4 in the SSN Top 10. Bruno was both a lock-down defender and creator for Manalapan, finishing the season with two goals and three assists, with one of the goals coming in a SCT game vs. Ocean that ended with Manalapan advancing on penalties.

CBA senior Dylan Cupo (left) and ManalapanTom Smith |
Manalapan senior Jimmy Bruno. (Photo: Tom Smith |

Ryan Hayes, Sr., Goalkeeper, Christian Brothers Academy – For the second straight season, CBA went to a duo to handle its goalkeeping duties, only this time, only one of the keepers was a senior. That senior was Hayes, who flashed athleticism, intuition and leadership in his 40-minute stints either before or after sophomore Joe Grossman took to the line. Along with his sophomore goal-mate, Hayes helped CBA limit the opposition to 20 goals over 22 matches, took second in the Shore Conference lead with 11 team shutouts and posted a four-game shutout over the duration of the Shore Conference Tournament.

CBA senior goalkeeper Ryan Hayes. (Photo by Paula Lopez)
CBA senior goalkeeper Ryan Hayes. (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Nick Tango, Sr., Goalkeeper, Marlboro – Tango has been making big saves for Marlboro since his freshman season and the program has grown along with him. This season, the senior goalkeeper posted eight shutouts, allowed 17 goals in 16 games and helped Marlboro survive two penalty-kick shootouts during tournament play, particularly with a huge save in a shootout win over Monmouth following a 0-0 draw in the Shore Conference Tournament round of 16.

*Click here for the Third Team*

2021 All-Shore Second Team List

Jared BrownToms River NorthSr.Forward
A.J. EmnaceToms River NorthSr.Forward
Will ThygesonChristian Brothers AcademySr.Forward
Stephen DeMilioPinelandsSr.Forward
Josh HocheiserFreehold TownshipSr.Midfield
Eduardo RibieroLong BranchSr.Midfield
Owen EdwardsManchesterJr.Midfield
Luke PentikisRumson-Fair HavenSr.Midfield
Dan HydeWallSr.Defense
Jack McGaghChristian Brothers AcademySr.Defense
Ryan MaguireToms River NorthSr.Defense
Jimmy BrunoManalapanSr.Defense
Ryan HayesChristian Brothers AcademySr.Goalkeeper
Nick TangoMarlboroSr.Goalkeeper


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