NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Semifinals

Central Jersey Group IV

(13) Long Branch 2, (1) Marlboro 1

Junior Brian Completo scored the tying goal in the 71st minute and junior Jason Laviola notched the winner in the 78th minute as the Green Wave (11-7-2) rallied for two goals in the final 10 minutes to stun the Mustangs (14-5) and advance to the Central Jersey Group IV final.

With his team trailing by a goal, Completo pushed up from his center fullback spot and got to a loose ball in the box that was last touched by a Marlboro defender. He knocked into open space on the left side of the box and ripped a left-footed shot back across the frame and into the far right side netting.

In the final three minutes, Long Branch broke out on a counterattack and senior Patrick O'Dwyer hammered a 20-yard shot on frame. Marlboro sophomore Nick Tango saved the shot and Long Branch senior Eryck Lazo whiffed on an attempted follow, but the ball rolled to Laviola, who buried it into the left side of the goal for his first tally of the season.

Marlboro took the lead in the 32nd minute on a shot by senior Mitchell Katsman off an attempted clearance by Long Branch.

Long Branch will play in the sectional final round for the first time since 2012 on Friday when it travels to No. 2 Hunterdon Central.

 

Central Jersey Group III

(1) Wall 0, (4) Allentown 0 (Wall advances on penalties, 4-3)

Senior Jack Gotsch buried the winning penalty kick and the Crimson Knights (15-4-1) squeaked past the Redbirds and into the Central Jersey Group III championship game for the first time in six years. Wall's last trip to the CJ III final ended with a 2-1 loss at Allentown in 2013.

Senior Tagg Acrum kicked off Wall's side of the shootout with a conversion and both junior Sean Southwell and senior Matt Penkethman connected on their attempts to set the stage for Gotsch.

Junior goalkeeper Sebastian Campanile saved Allentown's second attempt and the fourth attempt hit the crossbar to give Gotsch an opportunity to end it. Campanile saved six shots during 100 shutout minutes to earn the clean sheet.

Wall will go for its first sectional title in 15 years Friday when it hosts No. 11 seed and defending sectional champion Ocean.

(11) Ocean 0, (15) Lawrence 0 (Ocean advances on penalties, 5-4)

Senior Isaac Greenspan saved Lawrence's sixth attempt of the shootout and senior Eli Brandimarte slammed in the winner to send the Spartans (10-9-1) past the Cardinals and into the sectional final for the third straight year and fourth time in the last five years.

Brandimarte's winner was his second successful penalty-kick attempt of the shootout, which reached a sixth round of kicks after each side converted four of the first five. Sophomore Brian Miranda, senior Rob Lopes and senior Peter Wolff Bailler-Geau all sank their shots as well.

Ocean will travel to play No. 1 Wall in Friday's sectional final - a rematch of last year's Central Group III semifinal, which Ocean won, 2-0. Championship kickoff is set for noon at Wall Municipal Complex.

 

Central Jersey Group II

(2) Delaware Valley 3, (3) Monmouth 1

Sophomore Aiden Hicks scored off a pass from junior Lucas Pierra to open the scoring early in the second half, but the Terriers scored three unanswered goals to beat the Falcons (15-5-2) secure a trip to the Central Group II championship game.

 

South Jersey Group IV

(16) Toms River North 2, (4) Jackson Memorial 1

Junior Ali Baish knocked in a cross from classmate Parker Nickelsen with 1:38 left on the clock and the Mariners (11-7-1) shocked the Jaguars (15-3-2) to advance to the South Jersey Group IV final as a No. 16 seed.

As the clocked crept under two minutes to go in regulation, Baish flicked the ball toward the corner and made a run toward the right post. Meanwhile, Nickelsen - who scored in each of Toms River North's first two upset wins in the tournament - chased down the flick and beat a defender around the corner on the left side.

Nickelsen slid the ball across the mouth of the goal and after it got by Jackson Memorial goalkeeper Charlie Harrison, Baish one-timed it into the goal from point-blank range for the winning score.

Jackson Memorial broke a scoreless draw in the 47th minute, when senior Ben Schnaak headed in a long throw-in by junior Zack Rogacki.

Toms River North came right back with an answer, with senior Logan Mack converting a penalty kick after a Jaguars handball in the 18-yard box.

The Mariners advance to the sectional final for the first time in five years and will take on No. 2 Egg Harbor on Friday in search of the program's first sectional crown since winning Central Group IV in 2009.

 

South Jersey Group III

(9) Ocean City 5, (5) Toms River South 1

Junior Shane Kluxen opened the scoring for Toms River South but the Raiders came back with two goals before halftime and five unanswered overall to turn back the Indians (10-6-2) and advance to the sectional final Friday at No. 2 Triton.

 

South Jersey Group II

(2) Oakcrest 2, (3) Manasquan 0

Senior Gabe Paz scored two goals in the second half to increase his season total to 27 and the Falcons handed the Warriors (11-6-4) their first tournament loss of the season. Oakcrest advances to play at No. 1 Delran in Friday's sectional final round.

 

South Jersey Non-Public A

(2) CBA 2, (3) Notre Dame 1

Senior Connor Anderko headed in a free kick by senior Luke Pascarella in the 34th minute for a tie-breaking goal that proved to be the difference in a Colts (13-3-3) win over the Irish.

Junior Brett Sieg scored off a rebound in the 17th minute to tie the game at 1-1 after Elias Thomas staked Notre Dame to a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the match.

Senior goalkeeper A.J. Pinto helped CBA ward off a heavy storm of pressure from Notre Dame in the second half, including a leaping save to parry the ball over the bar early in the half and back-to-back saves in the 67th.

CBA will play for its fifth straight South Jersey Non-Public A title Thursday, when it travels to top-seeded St. Augustine in a rematch of last year's sectional final.

 

 

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