Boys Soccer – Freehold Twp. Beats Point Boro on Literal SportsCenter Top 10 Highlight
Freehold Township junior Jon Finocchiaro doesn't score many goals, but when he does, they are goals to remember.
Finocchiaro whipped in a bicycle kick Saturday night that not only served as the winning goal in a 2-1, come-from-behind victory for the Patriots over Point Pleasant Borough in the Shore Conference Tournament: it was also a literal SportsCenter Top 10 highlight.
On a college football Saturday in which Penn State upset No. 2 Ohio State and the Chicago Cubs won their first National League Pennant since 1945 (you really couldn't fit them in the Top 10, ESPN?), Finocchiaro's goal was the No. 8 play of the night according to ESPN's flagship program.
The goal was just the second of the year for Finochiarro, who scored the first goal of Freehold Township's season on Sept. 8 against Howell.
With Freehold Township deadlocked at 1 with the visiting Panthers in the 62nd minute of action, Patriots senior Sean O'Donnell swung a free kick into the box from 30 yards out on the left side. Senior Adrian Barajas elevated and headed the ball from the far post back toward the near left post, where Finocchiaro camped out, lined the ball up, and drilled an overhead bicycle kick to the upper left of the goal with his right foot.
Freehold Township would hold on to beat the Panthers and advance to the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals Tuesday against No. 19 Jackson Memorial.
The Patriots tied the game five minutes earlier on a highlight-worthy play. Barajas hammered a 30-yard direct kick to the upper 90 for the equalizer.
Point Boro has endured some postseason heartbreak in recent years and Saturday added to the Panthers' agony. They jumped in front, 1-0, on a goal by junior Jake Bryzski in the 51st minute on a find from senior Mason Remondelli before two highlight-reel goals ended their tournament run, as well as their 15-game winning streak.
"Upper 90 free kick from 25 out and then a bicycle," Point Boro coach Pete Casalino said via text. "I guess that's better than getting beat on two toe pokes."
Saturday marks the second time Freehold Township has been featured on the SportsCenter Top 10. In January of 2015, Julian Kislin of the Patriots ice hockey team turned the highlight worthy portion of the play, deking three defenders before sliding a pass to Max Halvorsen for the finish.