Boys Soccer – VOTE: Week 5 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. 30 and Oct. 5.
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
Shane Borenius, CBA
After his team nearly upset St. Benedict’s to open the week, Borenius carried the Colts to a pair of wins to finish off the week. The junior scored two second-half goals in 2-0 win over Manalapan on Thursday and on Saturday, Borenius scored the game-winner in the 78th minute to help CBA knock off Seton Hall Prep at Montclair State University.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Luke Pascarella, CBA; Patrick O’Dwyer, Long Branch; Mitchell Katsman, Marlboro; Tyler Jerome, Middletown South; Bennett Messinger, Freehold Twp.; Alex Sigua, Middletown South; Zach Orrico, Freehold Twp.
Class A Central Player of the Week
Drew Greenblatt, Manasquan
Greenblatt has been Manasquan’s go-to guy for goals in critical moments and that was on display last week. The senior midfielder scored two goals in each of the Warriors’ two wins over Raritan and Monmouth, including the golden goal in the 98th minute to finish off a 3-2 win over Monmouth on Thursday. The two wins got Manasquan back to .500 (5-5-1) just in time to qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Tommy Johnson, Manasquan; Mason Martelloni, Monmouth; Alec Pentikis, Rumson-Fair Haven
Class A South Player of the Week
J.B. Bazydlo, Brick
The week started off poorly for the Green Dragons, who lost to Southern last Monday to officially drop out of the running for the Shore Conference Tournament. Brick did not, however, quit on the week and came up with a pair of inspired wins. Bazydlo scored the first of four goals in a 4-1 win over rival Brick Memorial – which knocked the Mustangs out of SCT contention – and then put in both goals in a 2-0 win over Class B South front-runner Pinelands on Friday.
Class A South Honorable Mention: Kevin Kiernan, Southern; Austin Warner, Brick Memorial; Charlie Harrison, Jackson Memorial; Parker Nicholson, Toms River North
Class B North Player of the Week
Jake Pepe, Wall
Pepe scored a goal in each of Wall’s wins this week, helping the Crimson Knights move to within one win of clinching the Shore Conference Class B North crown. He scored in the first half of the Knights’ 7-0 assault of St. John Vianney and opened the scoring in a 3-0 win over Colts Neck on Friday, keeping the Cougars defense under pressure throughout.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Louis Pennington, Neptune; Tagg Ancrum, Wall; Nico DellaPietro, Wall; Terence Byrnes, Wall; Eli Brandimarte, Ocean
Class B Central Player of the Week
Kevin Hernandez, Keyport
The Red Raiders picked up a pair of wins last week, with Hernandez making his presence felt in both. The junior scored two goals in a 6-0 win over Henry Hudson on Thursday and the next day, he posted a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over Red Bank Catholic.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Christian Riozzi-Bodine, St. Rose; Jaquan Lunsford, Asbury Park; Chefeston Simeus, Asbury Park; Adrian Sabatino, Keyport; Colin Westhoven, St. Rose
Class B South Player of the Week
Vin Mendes, Donovan Catholic
While Donovan Catholic did not make the Shore Conference Tournament, the Griffins have been in just about every game and finally landed a big win last week. Mendes scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Barnegat, the first loss of the season for the upstart Bengals.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Troy Schnappauf, Point Boro; Noah Hamouda, Lacey; Ken Franke, Barnegat; Matt White, Barnegat
Noah Hamouda, Lacey
Needing a win to qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament and with a strong Southern team on the schedule for Friday, Lacey jumped on Hamouda’s back to beat Jackson Liberty on Thursday to make sure it had a spot in the SCT. Hamouda scored two goals in regulation and notched the game-winner in overtime to complete his first career hat trick and deliver the Lions a 3-2 win over Jackson Liberty. Lacey went on to upset Southern on Friday.
Austin Warner, Brick Memorial
Warner had an eventful week, to say the least, for a Brick Memorial team scrambling to make it to the SCT. On Monday night, Warner had to move to the field to the goal for one penalty kick because of a yellow card on the starting keeper and came up with the huge save in overtime of the Mustangs’ 0-0 tie with Lacey. Brick Memorial lost to Brick on Thursday to miss out on qualifying for the SCT but Warner came up with his team’s lone goal in the 4-1 loss.