Boys Soccer – VOTE: Week 4 Surf Taco Player of the Week
Each week during the remainder of the 2019 season, Shore Sports Network will recognize the top players in each Shore Conference boys soccer division over the past seven days and gives the readers a chance to vote for the top performers. This week's group is listed based on their accomplishments between Sept. 23 and Sept. 30.
Read about each of the divisional players of the week, plus the two wild cards, and vote for your favorite. Vote once per hour through the Wednesday deadline at 10 p.m. The top vote-getter will win a $25 gift card to Surf Taco.
Class A North Player of the Week
Patrick O’Dwyer, Long Branch
All O’Dwyer did this past week was score nine goals in three games to help Long Branch position itself to qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament with one more win this week. The senior striker exploded for five goals in a 6-0 rout of Ocean on Monday, came back with a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Howell and added a penalty kick in a 3-1 loss to Freehold Township.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Danny Minze, Middletown South; Zach Orrico, Freehold Twp.; Isaac Ball, Freehold Boro; James Besser, Manalapan; Luke Pascarella, CBA; Kyle Lindemann, Howell; Mitchell Katsman, Marlboro; Shane Borenius, CBA; Max Shushkovsky, Marlboro
Class A Central Player of Week
Joe Seber, Raritan
Raritan locked up a Shore Conference Tournament berth with two wins last week and Seber helped lead the way in both. He posted a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over Keyport and fired in two goals in a 5-1 win over Shore – revenge for last year’s overtime win for the Blue Devils over the Rockets in the Central Jersey Group II quarterfinals.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Tommy Johnson, Manasquan; Conor Creighton, Shore; Alec Pentikis, Rumson-Fair Haven; Luke Pentikis, Rumson-Fair Haven; Tomas Zolofra, Holmdel; Eric Hinds, Holmdel; Jack Giamanco, Holmdel; Drew Greenblatt, Manasquan; Chris Hazel, Shore
Class A South Player of the Week
Shane Kluxen, Toms River South
Toms River South picked up a huge win over Toms River North last week and Kluxen led the way by scoring both goals in the 2-0 Indians victory.
Class A South Honorable Mention: Brandon Notte, Southern; Evan Walenty, Jackson Memorial; Dane Bodziak, Toms River East; Gianni Smith, Central
Class B North Player of the Week
Thomas Perry, Wall
Wall continued its strong 2018 to date with three of wins last week. Perry scored in two of them, notching the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Manasquan on Monday and connecting on two goals in a 5-0 win over Shore on Friday.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Dylan Jacobs, Colts Neck; Kyle Schembri, Neptune; Ryan Gannon, Neptune; Aidan Cardella, Middletown North; Ryan Leonard, Matawan; Jake Gershon, Colts Neck
Class B Central Player of the Week
Liam Stewart, Mater Dei
It has been a long time since Mater Dei made it to the Shore Conference Tournament and the Seraphs will be going back thanks to a two-win week last week. Stewart scored one of the team’s two goals in a win over Keyport and poured in three in a win over Henry Hudson.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Owen Marcoux, Point Beach; Thomas Boyan, Ranney; Charles Anyichie, Ranney; Nick Sakson, Ranney; Jean Salomon, Asbury Park
Class B South Player of the Week
Grady Edwards, Barnegat
The Bengals continued their surprise unbeaten run last week with a road draw against two-time defending B South champion Pinelands and a home rout of previously-surging Manchester. Edwards converted a penalty kick in the 1-1 tie at Pinelands and put up two goals and an assist in the 5-0 win over Manchester.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Logan Duffy, Manchester; Brett Lechinski, Point Boro; Steve Redler, Point Boro; James Cahill, Pinelands
Danny Minze, Middletown South
A North was loaded with great performances last week so while Minze is not the overall Player of the Week from that division, he was probably the second-best performer in the entire Shore Conference last week. The senior forward scored an incredible goal in literally the last second of regulation to give the Eagles a thrilling 2-1 win over Middletown North on Monday. Minze followed that up by assisting the equalizer in a 2-2 tie vs. Manalapan and scoring two goal and an assist in a 3-3 tie vs. Manasquan to cap his huge week.
Zach Orrico, Freehold Township
Orrico is another A North standout who deserves some love after a great week. He started out by scoring early against Rumson before the Patriots ultimately lost that game, 2-1. Orrico then assisted Adam Havens’s game-winner in a big 1-0 win over Marlboro. The junior forward then scored a goal and assisted another in a 3-1 win over Long Branch and capped his week with both goals in a 2-0 win over Allentown.