Shore Conference Tournament

Opening Round

(8) Colts Neck 2, (25) Manchester 0

Junior Derek Haaf helped set up goal by junior Jake Gershon in the first half and assisted another by junior Kyle Koenig in the second to help lead the Cougars (7-3-1) past the Hawks (7-5) and into the SCT round of 16.

Haaf slipped the ball into the box in the 13th minute to sophomore David Tuschmann, who left it off for Gershon for an eight-yard finish.

In the 63rd, Haaf served up a free kick to the middle of the six-yard box and Koenig one-timed it in for an insurance goal.

Senior goalkeeper Dylan Jacobs needed just two saves to secure the shutout while Manchester senior goalkeeper Rich Mariotti saved 12 shots to help Manchester stay within a goal the first 60-plus minutes.

Colts Neck will host the winner of Tuesday match between No. 24 Lacey and No. 9 Long Branch.

(13) Rumson-Fair Haven 2, (20) Middletown North 1 (OT)

Freshman Alec Pentikis knocked in the golden goal in the 99th minute and the Bulldogs (7-5) avoided penalty kicks by clipping the Lions (7-8) in dramatic fashion.

Pentikis ran down a long pass and slipped it by hard-charging keeper Alex Bogues with 1:30 left before the end of the second overtime period.

Pentikis hit the bar twice in extra time, once with a header off the crossbar in the first overtime and again hitting the post midway through the second overtime.

Sophomore Luke Pentikis opened the scoring in the first half with a 30-yard strike, staking Rumson to an early lead.

Middletown North came back with the equalizer in the 39th minute by senior Pete Angelucci.

(22) Toms River East 2, (11) Freehold Boro 2 (TR East advances on penalties, 6-5)

Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Testa saved three shots in the round of penalties and junior Taylor Cleven converted the winning kick to cap a roller-coaster win for the Raiders (4-4-3) over the Colonials (7-6-1) on penalty kicks.

Cleven missed his first attempt of the shootout but the rotation cycled back to him on the ninth round. After Testa denied Freehold Boro's ninth shot, Cleven slipped his shot just passed the dive of Freehold Boro senior goalkeeper James Crivelli to set off the celebration.

Crivelli also saved two shots in the shootout round and each team missed the mark once.

Toms River East played the final 55 minutes with 10 men on the field because of an intentional handball in the box that prevented a shot by senior Jose Velasquez-Olivera from going into the goal. Junior Mike Romero-Vargas converted the ensuing penalty kick to tie the game at 2-2.

The Raiders absorbed heavy pressure for the first 25 minutes of the first half before settling in and playing the Colonials even for the final 35. In the shootout round, Romero-Vargas attempted two more shots and Testa got a hand on both. The first shot continued into the goal but the second was one of Testa's three saves.

Freehold Boro played without leading scorer Isaac Ball, who was issued his fourth yellow card of the season in Freehold Boro's previous game, which results in a one-game suspension per a new Shore Conference rule implemented this year.

Despite missing their leading scorer, the Colonials jumped on top on a goal by senior Chris Cruz-Martinez in the ninth minute.

Toms River East equalized two minutes later when junior T.J. Scollan one-timed a cross from classmate Alex Heid out of the air and into the goal. Just three minutes after Scollan's goal, senior Dane Bodziak ran down a punt by Testa and headed it past Crivelli for a 2-1 Raiders lead.

Toms River East will take on the winner of Tuesday's game between No. 27 St. Rose and No. 6 Christian Brothers Academy.

(7) Southern 3, (26) Ranney 0

Junior Kevin Kiernan scored two goals and the Rams (9-2-1) rolled past the Panthers (4-5) and into the SCT round of 16. Junior Jack Pleyn added a goal for Southern, which will host the winner of Tuesday's game between No. 23 Barnegat and No. 10 Middletown South.

(4) Freehold Twp. 4, (29) Mater Dei Prep 0

Senior Bennett Messinger and junior Zach Orrico each scored two goals and dished out an assist to lead the Patriots (10-4) past the Seraphs (3-5-1) and into the SCT round of 16. Freehold Township will host No. 13 Rumson-Fair Haven in a rematch of a September game won by Rumson, 2-1.


Class A North

Middletown South at Freehold Twp. – PPD, TBA


Class B North

Wall 2, Ocean 0

Junior Phillip Lyons and senior Tagg Ancrum each scored a goal and the Crimson Knights (11-2, 6-1) wrapped up the Class B North championship by topping the defending champion Spartans (5-8, 3-3).



Brick Memorial 5, Donovan Catholic 0

Junior Vin Nazzaro scored two goals and assisted another to lead the Mustangs (4-6-1) to a convincing win over the Griffins (3-8-1). Junior Jack Fanning added a goal and two assists and senior Eduardo Suarez pitched in a goal and an assist. Junior Ryan Caroselli scored the other goal in the Brick Memorial win.

Red Bank at Shore, 6:30 p.m.



Henry Hudson at Perth Amboy Tech, 4 p.m.


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