Boys Soccer – Circle Chevy Week 2 Team of the Week: Manasquan
The top four teams in the current and preseason Shore Sports Network Top 10 - Holmdel, Christian Brothers Academy, Jackson Memorial and Ocean - are a combined 23-2 through Wednesday's games.
One of those two losses was at the hands of St. Benedict's, the No. 1 team in the country, according to USA Today. The other is the second Circle Chevy Boys Soccer Team of the Week of the 2018 season.
Manasquan slipped into a two-goal hole against Ocean on Sept. 14 and climbed back to send the game to overtime before winning it on a golden goal by junior midfielder and Jackson Memorial transfer Drew Greenblatt. The Warriors rallied with goals by Chris Pierro and Matt Drake in the final 10 minutes of regulation to put the Spartans on their heels before Greenblatt delivered the knockout punch.
After beating Ocean on a Friday afternoon, Manasquan responded with wins over Rumson-Fair Haven and Shore - both by a one-goal margin. Greenblatt again scored the game-winner in the Sept. 17, 2-1 win over Rumson and sophomore Tommy Johnson buried the golden goal in a 1-0 win over Shore on Sept. 20.
Manasquan is currently the No. 10 team in the Shore Sports Network Top 10 and on top of playing games against the teams ranked No. 1 (Holmdel), No. 4 (Ocean) and No. 5 (Neptune), the Warriors were also supposed to play No. 3 Jackson Memorial in a game that was postponed indefinitely due to rain. The Warriors are 1-2 in those games and most recently pushed Holmdel to the brink on Wednesday before dropping a 2-1 decision to the reigning Shore Conference and Group II champion.
The other Manasquan loss this season came Monday at Wall in a 1-0, overtime defeat. Since losing its first game of the season, Wall has won eight straight matches and figures to appear in the next SSN Top 10.
2018 Soccer Team of the Week Winners
Week 1: Long Branch