For the second time in five seasons, the Red Bank Catholic boys soccer program got a chance to escalate its sports rivalry with Christian Brothers Academy, its neighbor just 10 minutes west by car.

For the second time, CBA flexed its muscles and proved its position as the predominant non-public power in the Shore Conference is as powerful as ever.

The No. 1 seed in the South Jersey Non-Public A bracket scored three times in each half Thursday and blanked Red Bank Catholic, 6-0, to win its state tournament opener. CBA will next host No. 5 Bishop Eustace in a rematch of last year's South Non-Public A final - won by CBA, 2-0.

CBA senior Dom Bellomo. (Photo by Paula Lopez)
CBA senior Dom Bellomo. (Photo by Paula Lopez)

Senior Dom Bellomo scored to cap CBA's first-half scoring and opened the second-half scoring with his second goal, which put the Colts ahead, 4-0. Senior Charlie Daly scored the first goal of the game and later assisted on on goals by Bellomo and Joe Costa.

Matt Tracy scored during the first half to make it 2-0 and Costa's goal capped the scoring. CBA also scored on an own goal, which extended the Colts lead to 6-0.

Back in 2014, Red Bank Catholic won two road games as a No. 10 seed to earn a shot at CBA but the Colts turned back the Caseys, 4-0, in the sectional semifinals.


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