Boys Soccer – VOTE: Surf Taco Week 5 Player of the Week
There are just a few days left in the Shore Conference regular season which means the Player of the Week is going to get a postseason flavor to it before long. For now, though, it is the middle of the playoff push and a handful of this week's candidates are here because they helped their teams make the Shore Conference Tournament.
Read all about this week's nominees and vote for the one you think deserves to be the Week 5 Player of the Week in the poll at the bottom. Vote early and often until the poll closes on Wednesday at 10 p.m.
Class A North Player of the Week
Brandon Grine, Marlboro
Marlboro is in the midst of a complete turnaround from last year’s one-win season and picked up three big results last week to put them in position for an SCT berth. Grine was central to both of the wins last week (the other was a scoreless draw vs. Freehold Boro), putting up a goal and an assist in an impressive 4-1 win over Long Branch and following with two goals and two assists in a 6-1 rout of Red Bank.
A North Honorable Mention: Mike Anello, Howell; Abel Herrera, Freehold Boro; Dylan Dougher, Howell; Gavin Lebright, Manalapan; Mike Kuver, Manalapan; Joe Lozowski, CBA; Cristian Corcione, Freehold Twp.; Nick Tango, Marlboro; Justin Goldberg, Manalapan; Alex Sigua, Middletown South; Danny Minze, Middletown South
Class A Central Player of the Week
Jake Fortune, Raritan
Raritan has come on strong after a 0-4 start to the season and Fortune had his breakout performance in his team’s biggest win. After scoring a goal in a win over Red Bank Catholic earlier in the week, Fortune went off for a hat trick in Saturday’s 5-3 win over Middletown South. The Eagles entered that game coming off a loss to Howell, which ended Middletown South’s five-game winning streak.
A Central Honorable Mention: Tommy Johnson, Manasquan; Sam Del Guercio, Manasquan; Ryan Bongarzone, Shore; Mark Walier, Holmdel; Joe Weinstein, Manasquan; Matt Klemser, Shore; Taylor Sousa, Shore; Alex Nichols, Red Bank Catholic; Evan Quan, Rumson
Class A South Player of the Week
Danny Caruso, Toms River South
For a short time, it looked as though Toms River South might be left on the outside of the postseason picture, but the Indians quickly reversed their fortunes and got back to .500 with a pair of wins last week. Caruso hammered home three goals in a win over Jackson Liberty and in a 2-0 win over Howell, the senior hit the strike into the box that turned into an own goal and gave Toms River South a 1-0 edge.
A South Honorable Mention: Kevin Kiernan, Southern; Pete Kozlej, Toms River East; Eddie Suarez, Brick Memorial; Sean Aubry, Brick Memorial; Drew Walenty, Jackson Memorial; Ben Hanneman, Southern; Alejandro Rodriguez, Brick; Mark Kekeumbo, Brick; Kyle Kerr, Toms River North
Class B North Player of the Week
Wilby Alfred, Neptune
No matter how hard we or the rest of B South tries, we can’t keep Wilby out of the Player of the Week spot. The senior striker hung six goals on Middletown North last Tuesday, a career-high mark that snapped him out of a mini-scoring-funk in a big way. He also started the week with an assist in a win over Monmouth and put up two goals and an assist vs. Red Bank to run his season total to 20 goals and his weekly total to eight goals and two assists.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Paul Tepedino, Colts Neck; Chris Ward, St. John Vianney; Mickenna Church, Neptune; Zach Sintic, Ocean; Santieno Harding, Ocean; Colin Kane, St. John Vianney; John Farfan, Colts Neck; Ethan Kilmnick, Colts Neck
Class B Central Player of the Week
Breandian Greene, Keyport
Keyport hit a couple of firsts last week, first tying Mater Dei to pick up its first non-loss of the season, then beating Henry Hudson for its first win. Green scored in both games and also added a goal later in the week against a Red Bank Catholic team that just qualified for the Shore Conference Tournament.
B Central Honorable Mention: Evan Walters, St. Rose; Ryan Brodeur, Point Beach; Ki Costa, Point Beach; Ademola Odunlami, Ranney; A.J. Bruney, Mater Dei; Alex Atno, Point Beach; Kevin Hernandez, Keyport; Christian Riozzi-Bodine, St. Rose
Class B South Player of the Week
Blake Weiner, Manchester
Manchester picked up two nice results last week, tying a St. Rose team that will likely be in the Shore Conference Tournament and beating two-time defending B Central champion Asbury Park. Weiner was right in the middle of both wins, scoring the lone goal in the 1-1 draw over St. Rose and assisting both goals in a 2-0 win over the Blue Bishops.
B South Honorable Mention: Sean Moffitt, Lacey; Jeff Thompson, Point Boro; Kip Byrne, Lacey; Dominic Dos Santos, Pinelands; Kieran Sundermann, Pinelands; Preston Kyriakoulis, Donovan Catholic; Ricky Norman, Barnegat; Matt White, Barnegat
Mike Anello, Howell
The Rebels picked up two big A North wins last week to keep their hopes of a share of the overall title alive. Howell handed CBA is only loss vs. a Shore Conference opponent, with Anello scoring the lone goal of the game. Two days later, Anello struck for two more goals and assisted another in a 4-1 win over Middletown South, which snapped the Eagles’ five-game winning streak.
Joe Weinstein, Manasquan
Manasquan continues to be one of the Shore’s streakier teams and its safe to call its current stretch a winning streak. After losing three in a row to fall to 5-4, the Warriors won three last week to improve to 8-4 and all three wins were shutouts credited to their junior goalkeeper. Weinstein transferred in from Jackson Memorial prior to the school year and has settled in nicely, with 12 goals allowed in 12 games and six shutouts.