Boys Soccer – VOTE: Week 7 Surf Taco Player of the Week
It's time choose the Week 7 Player of the Week and this week's nominees are a collection of the top performers from the Shore Conference Tournament. Check out all of their accomplishments over the last three rounds of the tournament and vote for the one who stands out above the rest. This week, you can vote once every hour and we are going to grant a 12-hour extension, which means voting will stay open until 10 a.m. on Thursday. Scroll to the bottom of the post to cast your first vote.
Nominees listed alphabetically
Anthony Arena, Holmdel
The Hornets scored 11 goals in three SCT games and both Arena and Jack Giamanco scored three each. On top of the three goals, Arena assisted three others for Holmdel, which remains unbeaten despite losing to Ocean in the penalty kick round on Monday night. He scored a goal in each game and picked up a pair of assists in a 4-1 win over Southern in the SCT quarterfinals. With his penalty kick in Monday's game vs. Ocean, Arena became Holmdel's all-time leading goal-scorer.
Braden Dugan, Southern
The Rams got a tough draw in that they have a strong case as the No. 5 team at the Shore and yet had to play Holmdel in the SCT quarterfinals. Despite losing, 4-1, to the Hornets, the Rams put forth a strong showing in the tournament, which included a stellar performance by Dugan in the shootout win over Howell in the round of 16.
Jake Fortune, Raritan
Fortune continued his scoring tear last week in the middle rounds of the Shore Conference Tournament by cashing in on an early scoring opportunity during Raritan’s 2-0 win over Freehold Township in the round of 16. Fortune was also dangerous throughout his team’s 3-0 loss at Ocean but could not quite find the net.
Justin Goldberg, Manalapan
A host of Manalapan players contributed in the Braves’ two SCT games last week but Goldberg was the only one to get his name on the scoresheet in each one. The senior scored a goal in a 3-2 win over Colts Neck and added assisted Manalapan’s lone goal in the quarterfinals loss at Jackson Memorial.
Santieno Harding, Ocean
It’s hard to make the case that any player in the Shore Conference Tournament is playing better than Harding has for Ocean. The senior forward has three goals and two assists in three tournament games, including a two-goal game in a 3-0 Ocean win over Raritan and two huge plays on the Spartans’ two goals in the result over Holmdel. In that win over the top team in the tournament, Harding scored the equalizer and assisted a go-ahead goal by James Schutz.
Christian Jimenez, Lakewood
After scoring the winning goal in the 69th minute vs. Neptune in the opening round of the SCT back on Oct. 13, Jimenez scored again in the 70th to cut CBA’s lead to 2-1 before the Colts eventually held on to beat Lakewood in the round of 16.
Luke Pascarella, CBA
If Harding is in line for the unofficial SCT MVP, Pascarella is his fiercest competition. The CBA junior has scored in each of his team’s wins, giving him three of the Colts’ six goals during the tournament. Pascarella’s biggest goal came on Monday night, when he booted in the golden goal in the ninth minute of overtime to upend Jackson Memorial and send CBA to its 12th SCT final. Pascarella also assisted CBA’s first goal of that game, scored by Jack Gill.
Joe Schlageter, Jackson Memorial
With Jackson’s loss to CBA on Monday night, Schlageter’s stellar SCT came to an end. The senior midfielder posted four goals and an assist in three SCT games, including two goals and an assist in a 3-1 win over Manalapan in the quarterfinal round.