NJSIAA Tournament

Opening Round

North Jersey Section 2, Group III

(8) Nutley 1, (9) Matawan 0 (OT)

 

Central Jersey Group IV

(13) Long Branch 2, (4) Freehold Twp. 1 (OT)

Senior Patrick O'Dwyer scored the golden goal in the first minute of the second overtime period and the Green Wave (9-7-2) stunned the Patriots (14-6-1) to advance to the sectional quarterfinals.

Senior Eryck Lazo slid a pass to O'Dwyer, who shielded a defender, spun to his right and ripped a low shot to the lower right of the goal for the game-winner and his Shore-Conference-leading 21st goal of the season.

Lazo also figured into the equalizer, scorching a 25-yard deflected shot that found its mark in the 69th minute thanks to the redirection of a Freehold Township defender.

Freehold Township grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 58th minute on the 16th goal of the season by junior Zach Orrico, who chased down a through-ball from junior Adam Havens and finished off the go-ahead goal.

(1) Marlboro 4, (16) Montgomery 3 (OT)

Senior Mitchell Katsman scored the golden goal to complete a come-from-behind win for the top-seeded Mustangs (13-4) over the upset-minded Cougars.

Marlboro fell into a 3-1 hole after conceding two goals in the first 10 minutes in the second half, but rallied behind a pair of goals by senior Max Shushkovsky. The senior connected in the 70th minute to trim the deficit to 3-2 and tied it on a penalty kick following a handball in the box.

Junior Kyle Lin notched a first-half goal for Marlboro, which entered halftime tied, 1-1, with Montgomery.

(7) East Brunswick 1, (10) Middletown South 1 (E.B. advances on penalties, 5-4)

Ethan Dreyer scored off a cross from Matt Cozzi in the first half and Middletown South made it 100 even minutes with the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament champions, but the Bears converted all five kicks in the shootout to eliminate the Eagles (9-5-4).

(2) Hunterdon Central 4, (15) Manalapan 1

Senior Lucas Moreira buried a free kick to pull Manalapan (6-8-1) within a goal of Hunterdon Central in the first half but the Red Devils (13-4) scored twice in the final 13 minutes to put the game away.

 

Central Jersey Group III

(1) Wall 6, (16) Pennsauken 0

Senior Tagg Ancrum scored a pair of first-half goals - one on a free kick and another on a penalty kick - and the Crimson Knights (14-4) cruised to a win over the Indians.

Senior Mike Beer opened the scoring off a pass from junior Jake Pepe, who later scored Wall's fifth goal off a pass from junior Sean Southwell in the 55th.

Senior Matt Penkethman connected on a free kick in the 51st to make it 4-0 and sophomore Kyle Horowitz capped the scoring in the 64th off a feed from classmate Emmett Aravich.

Wall will host No. 8 Freehold Boro in Friday's sectional quarterfinal.

(8) Freehold Boro 2, (9) Burlington Twp. 1

Seniors Phil Franco and Isaac Ball each scored a goal and the Colonials (9-8-1) held off the Falcons to advance to the sectional quarterfinals against top-seeded Wall. Freehold Boro dropped a regular-season meeting to Wall, 2-0.

(4) Allentown 3, (13) Red Bank 2

Senior Tor Haugenes scored off a free kick from senior Aden Castell to tie the game in the final 15 minutes but senior Danny McCormick headed in the winner in the 76th minute to break the tie and send the Redbirds past the Bucs (7-10-1) and into the sectional quarterfinals.

Senior Erik Christie scored for Red Bank in the first half to even the score at 1-1.

(15) Lawrence 1, (2) Colts Neck 1 (Lawrence advances on penalties, 5-4)

Junior Jake Gershon scored the equalizer in the 66th minute but the Cougars (11-4-2) could not break through with the winning goal and fell on penalties.

(5) Northern Burlington 4, (12) Brick 1

Senior J.B. Bazydlo scored in the first half to get the Green Dragons (8-10-1) to intermission locked in a 1-1 tie, but the Greyhounds blew the game open in the second half to advance to the sectional quarterfinals Friday at No. 4 Allentown.

(7) Neptune 4, (10) Middletown North 3 (OT)

Senior Kyle Schembri scored the golden goal 51 seconds into the second overtime period and the Scarlet Fliers (12-6-1) outlasted the Lions (7-11) in an overtime classic between Class B North rivals.

Schembri also scored the game-tying goal in the 71st to send the game into overtime. That goal came after senior Louis Pennington scored Neptune's first two goals, one of which was assisted by Schembri.

Junior Alex Perez scored two goals to lead Middletown North.

Neptune will host the sectional quarterfinals against No. 15 Lawrence after the Cardinals took out No. 2 Colts Neck on penalties.

(11) Ocean 1, (6) Hopewell Valley 0

Senior Eli Brandimarte scored the game's lone goal and senior goalkeeper Isaac Greenspan saved nine shots to spark the Spartans (9-9) to a round-one-road win over the Bulldogs. Ocean will continue its Group III title defense Friday at No. 3 Steinert.

 

Central Jersey Group II

(3) Monmouth 0, (14) Raritan 0 (Monmouth advances on penalties, 3-0)

Junior goalkeeper Dominick Santaniello saved two shots during the round of penalty kicks and the Falcons (15-4-1) converted all three of their attempts to survive the Rockets (7-8-2) and advance to the sectional quarterfinals Friday against No. 6 Rumson-Fair Haven.

Sophomores Kaan Pehlivan and Ryan Kuldanek each converted for Monmouth and senior Mason Martelloni buried the clincher to send the Falcons to the next round.

(6) Rumson-Fair Haven 3, (11) A.L. Johnson 0

Senior Andrew Singleton scored a goal in each half off passes from freshman Alec Pentikis and the Bulldogs (9-6-2) blanked the Crusaders to earn a trip to No. 3 Monmouth for the sectional semifinals.

Junior Terence Wrench added a goal in the second half off a touch from junior Joe Stypa. Owen Fry, meanwhile, earned the shutout with six saves.

(1) Holmdel 7, (16) East Brunswick Tech 0

Senior Jack Giamanco racked up a hat trick and two assists to highlight a Hornets (16-0-1) win over East Brunswick Tech.

Seniors Mark Walier and Eric Hinds each added two goals and Hinds chipped in an assist as well. Holmdel, which led 6-0 at the half on Tuesday, will host No. 8 Governor Livingston in the sectional quarterfinals on Friday.

 

Central Jersey Group I

(1) Florence 4, (16) Asbury Park 0

(3) New Egypt 6, (14) Keyport 0

(7) Manville 2, (10) Point Beach 1

Freshman Josh Boyan scored in the 67th minute off a pass from senior Jack Foley to pull Point Beach within a goal, but the Garnet Gulls (8-7-1) could not get the equalizer in a loss to the Mustangs.

 

South Jersey Group IV

(16) Toms River North 2, (1) Clearview 0

Senior Jake Baurerband assisted the first goal of the game by junior Parker Nicholsen in the 41st and added one of his own in the 48th off a pass from junior Ali Baish to spark the Mariners (9-7-1) to an opening-round upset of the top-seeded Pioneers.

Toms River North advances to take on No. 8 Cherry Hill East on the road in the sectional quarterfinals on Friday.

(5) Southern 2, (12) Williamstown 2 (Southern advances on penalties, 2-1)

Junior Kevin Kiernan scored the equalizer on a free kick with 15 minutes left and junior Kayce Bennet saved a shot during the round of penalties to help the Rams (12-2-3) escape with a win over the Braves.

Williamstown took the lead two different times in the game and Southern answered in each half. Sophomore Kerem Satar headed in a cross from senior Ben Hanneman in the 37th minute to tie the game at 1-1 and after conceding a second goal, Southern tied it up again on Kiernan's 18th goal of the season.

With the penalty-kick victory, Southern earns a rematch with No. 4 Jackson Memorial in the sectional quarterfinals. Jackson Memorial beat Southern, 1-0, to clinch the Class A South championship on Oct. 2.

(4) Jackson Memorial 1, (13) Rancocas Valley 0

Senior Ben Schnaak scored the game's lone goal off a pass from classmate Chase Olejarz and the Jaguars (14-2-2) nipped the Red Devils to advance to the sectional quarterfinals on Friday, when they will host Class A South rival and No. 5 Southern.

 

South Jersey Group III

(5) Toms River South 5, (12) Absegami 2

Senior Tyler Weiss scored two goals and senior Shane Kluxen and Stephen Beaton each added a goal and two assists as the Indians (9-5-2) stormed past the Braves and into the sectional quarterfinals against No. 4 Cherry Hill West.

Junior Campbell Challoner scored the other Toms River South goal.

(11) Seneca 1, (6) Pinelands 0

(10) Cumberland 3, (7) Toms River East 2 (OT)

Jake Bodine scored the golden goal in the 12th minute of overtime and the Colts downed the Raiders (6-6-5) in extra time to reach the sectional quarterfinals Friday at Triton.

The goal was Bodine's second of the game, the first of which tied it at 1-1 in the second half after Alex Floros put Toms River East on top in the 37th.

The Raiders grabbed a 2-1 lead on a goal by senior Dan Bodziak off a feed from junior Alex Heid in the 58th. Cumberland tied it on a Justin Bennett penalty kick in the 63rd after Bodine drew the foul in the box.

(9) Ocean City 3, (8) Lacey 1

 

South Jersey Group II

(4) Cinnaminson 2, (13) Manchester 0

(3) Manasquan 5, (14) Lower Cape May 0

Senior Drew Greenblatt and junior Tommy Johnson each scored two goals and junior Simon Cardenas added a goal and an assist as the Warriors (10-5-4) strolled to a win over the Tigers.

(7) Barnegat 1, (10) Sterling 0

Senior Matt White headed in a cross from classmate Justin Gomez in the 25th minute and the Bengals (11-6-1) made it hold up for a win over the Silver Knights in the first home playoff game in school history.

 

South Jersey Non-Public A

(8) Camden Catholic 2, (9) Donovan Catholic 1

Senior Vin Loffredo scored in the 8th minute to give the Griffins (5-10-2) the lead but the Irish answered with one in each half to eliminate Donovan Catholic.

(7) St. Thomas Aquinas 1, (10) Red Bank Catholic 0

 

South Jersey Non-Public B

(9) Ranney 2, (8) Trenton Catholic 2 (Ranney advances on penalties, 3-1)

Sophomores Charlie McCann and Jett Pacifico each scored a goal in regulation and the Panthers (7-6-1) edged the Iron Mikes on penalties on the road to earn a quarterfinal trip to play top-seeded Wardlaw-Hartridge on Friday.

Senior goalkeeper Anthony Virone saved a shot and converted the winning kick for Ranney during the shootout round.

(7) St. Rose 4, (10) Mater Dei Prep 0

Kyle Corrigan scored in the first minute and Matt Kirkpatrick put the game away with a second-half hat trick to lead the Purple Roses (8-7-3) over the division-rival Seraphs (5-12-1).

 

 

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