SSN Surf Taco Week 8 Boys Soccer Player of the Week

Jake Nagle, Toms River North

For the second straight season, Toms River North captured an NJSIAA sectional championship with an overtime golden goal – last year winning at Egg Harbor on a goal by current senior Parker Nickelsen and this year coming back to beat Southern on a winner by senior Danny Moreno.

With fast-paced, high-level wins over Jackson Memorial, Freehold Township and Southern that included eight Mariners goals, there were a lot of heroes for Toms River North but Nagle stood out. The junior midfielder was the only Toms River North player to score a goal in each postseason game and his last one was the biggest of the tournament. With the Mariners trailing, 2-1, in the final two minutes Nagle drilled a left-footed shot to send the game into overtime and set the stage for Moreno’s heroics.

Nagle also scored the first goal of the game in each of Toms River North's first two NJSIAA Tournament wins. He gave his team a 1-0 lead in the quarterfinal game vs. Jackson Memorial and knocked in the first goal against Freehold Township in the semifinals.

Nagle was a runaway winner of the final Player of the Week award, collecting better than 48 percent of the vote. Brick sophomore Jayson Nardone came in second place with just under 16 percent. All Shore Sports Network Boys Soccer Player of the Week winners receive a gift card to Surf Taco.