Shore Conference Tournament - Bracket

Round of 16

(16) Toms River South 0, (1) Holmdel 0 (TR South advances on penalties, 5-4)

Senior goalkeeper Jalen Folsom saved Holmdel's final attempt in the shootout and the Indians (5-4-2) shocked the top-seeded Hornets (13-0-1) in the round of penalties.

All five Toms River South shooters - Campbell Challoner, Shane Kluxen, Dante Pizzi, Peter Mandica and Logan Spakowski converted their kicks and Folsom capped a standout performance in goal with a penalty-kick save to officially knock out the unbeaten Hornets.

Senior Jack Giamanco, senior Mark Walier, junior Felix Doebbel and junior Tomas Zolofra all converted for Holmdel. Senior Omar Abuattieh hit his mark on Holmdel's final attempt, but Folsom anticipated it and made the save.

Folsom made three key saves in an action-packed second half, including one on 18-goal scorer Jack Giamanco from point-blank range late in regulation.

Toms River South has a mixed history in penalty-kick round in Folsom's three years as a starter. The Indians upset top-seeded CBA in 2017 as the No. 8 seed behind a strong outing by Folsom, who saved a pair of CBA attempts in the shootout.

Later that year, the Indians lost to Mainland on a round of penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie in the Group III semifinals and lost to Pinelands last year on penalties in the South Jersey Group III first round, with Toms River South failing to convert a single kick.

This time, the Indians were a perfect 5-for-5 and got a big stop from their senior keeper when they needed it.

Despite getting knocked out in its first SCT game, Holmdel extended its unbeaten streak to 50 games, extending back to early October of 2017. The Hornets have gone to a shootout three times during the streak: they defeated Matawan in the 2017 Central Jersey Group II semifinals and lost to Ocean in last year's SCT semifinal.

Toms River South will travel to No. 8 Colts Neck for the quarterfinals next week.

(4) Freehold Twp. 3, (13) Rumson Fair Haven 2 

Junior Anthony Barthel ran onto a ball from senior Evan Savino and buried it in the far corner of the goal for the game-winner in the 71st as the Patriots (11-5) fought off a challenge from a short-handed Bulldogs (7-6) side.

Freehold Township jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by senior Bennett Messinger in the first 14 minutes and Rumson went a man down shortly thereafter for a red card.

Junior Terence Wrench got Rumson on the board just before halftime and senior Andrew Singleton equalized with a goal in the 45th minute.

Freehold Township had a chance to take the lead in the 60th but Messinger missed a penalty kick and a chance at the hat trick.

The Patriots advance to next week's SCT quarterfinals against the winner of Saturday night's game between No. 12 Monmouth and No. 5 Wall.

(8) Colts Neck 1, (9) Long Branch 0 (OT)

Sophomore Tom Samaras poked in the golden goal off a rebound in the second minute of overtime and the Cougars (8-3-1) outlasted the Green Wave (6-7-1) to advance to the SCT quarterfinals.

Off a long throw-in, senior Ely Ferro struck a shot on frame that Long Branch goalkeeper Tyler Abbot saved but could not hold. The ball hit the ground and Samaras pounced, sticking out his right foot and knocking the ball in from point-blank range.

Each team had chances to score the winning goal during the second half, with Abbot saving five shots prior to overtime and Colts Neck senior Dylan Jacobs stopping three.

Abbot made a quick-reaction save in the 58th minute to deny Colts Neck junior Derek Haaf, while Long Branch's best opportunities were clean looks that sailed just wide of the posts and the crossbar. Junior Jason Laviola had three of those - a low shot wide of the right post, a header that sailed wide of the left post and a low rip that Jacobs saved.

Senior Herbert Ruiz also headed a corner kick just inches wide of the left post late in the second half.

Colts Neck will host No. 16 Toms River South in the quarterfinals after the Indians upset No. 1 Holmdel on penalty kicks.

(6) CBA 4, (22) Toms River East 0

Senior Chris Vollrath scored a pair of goals and senior Joe Costa added two assists as the Colts (9-3-1) raced past the Raiders (4-5-3) and into the SCT quarterfinal round.

Vollrath opened the scoring in the 17th minute and then assisted a goal by senior Luke Pascarella in the 27th. Vollrath struck again in the 50th off a set-up by Costa and CBA added an own goal in the 62nd to cap the scoring.

CBA will travel to play No. 3 Jackson Memorial in the quarterfinals - a rematch of last year's overtime classic in the SCT semifinals, won by CBA on a golden goal by Pascarella.

(7) Southern 1, (10) Middletown South 0

Sophomore Mario Addiego headed in the game-winning goal in the 76th minute off a pass from junior Brandon Notte and the Rams (11-2-1) edged the Eagles (8-4-3) to advance to the SCT quarterfinals for the second straight year.

Southern will host No. 15 Manasquan in the quarterfinal round, seeking its first trip to the SCT semifinals in nearly 30 years against a Warriors team that has never reached the quarterfinals.

The loss snaps a nine-game unbeaten streak by Middletown South, which went 6-0-3 during that stretch.

(5) Wall 3, (12) Monmouth 2

Sophomore Terence Byrnes and junior Jake Pepe scored within four minutes of one another to break open the game and the Crimson Knights (13-2) held on to top the Falcons (12-3) and advance to the SCT quarterfinals.

Byrnes one-timed a low cross from senior Thomas Perry in the 56th minute to break a 1-1 tie. In the 60th, Pepe tracked a long pass from senior Tagg Ancrum, beat junior goalkeeper Dominic Santaniello to it and headed it into the goal as he absorbed a collision with the Monmouth keeper.

Monmouth pulled within a goal on an eight-yard strike by Diego Ibarra in the 77th and the two teams engaged in a scuffle near the goal that resulted in multiple yellow cards. The two sides cooled off and Wall ran out the clock to secure the win.

Monmouth jumped on the board first on a penalty kick by senior Mason Martonelli, who was taken down inside the 18-yard box in the 18th minute.

Wall squared the game at 1-1 when senior Jack Gotsch lined up a bouncing ball in the box from Pepe and skipped a shot to the far right corner in the 22nd.

Martonelli just missed giving Monmouth the lead when his 25-yard direct kick grazed the left post in the 47th. Wall nearly grabbed the lead on a rip by Pepe off the post in the 55th, but Wall finished off the go-ahead goal a little more than a minute later on the connection between Perry and Byrnes.

Wall will travel to play No. 4 Freehold Township in the SCT quarterfinals.

 

Class A Central

Raritan at Rumson-Fair Haven – PPD, TBA

 

Non-Conference

Spotswood at Brick Memorial, 10 a.m.

 

Friday, Oct. 11

Shore Conference Tournament

Round of 16

(3) Jackson Memorial 2, (19) Neptune 1

Senior Connor Lucas scored the game-winning goal in the 66th minute off a pass from classmate Tyler Howlett and the Jaguars (12-2) edged the Scarlet Fliers (8-5) to advance to the SCT quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Jackson Memorial broke onto the scoreboard first on a goal by junior Drew Walenty off a pass from senior Gianluca Gruosso.

Senior Louis Pennington scored the equalizer for Neptune in the 60th minute off a set piece from 30 yards out.

Jackson Memorial will host the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 6 Christian Brothers Academy and No. 22 Toms River East.

(15) Manasquan 1, (2) Marlboro 0

Senior Drew Greenblatt one-timed a cross from junior Tommy Johnson out of the air and into the goal in the 61st minute for the lone tally of the game and the Warriors (7-5-1) came on strong in the second half to knock off the second-seeded Mustangs (10-2).

Marlboro sophomore goalkeeper Nick Tango saved a penalty kick by Greenblatt in the 55th after a handball in the box but Manasquan bounced back, with Greenblatt cashing in on an opportunity six minutes later.

Marlboro dominated the first 30 minutes of the game and owned a 7-1 advantage in shots at the break. Manasquan flipped the script in the second half with the wind and its back, outshooting the Mustangs 7-2 over the final 40.

Manasquan will travel to play the winner of Saturday’s game between No. 7 Southern and No. 10 Middletown South in Wednesday’s SCT quarterfinal round.

 

 

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