Girls Soccer – Manchester Tops St. Rose for First Ever SCT Win
MANCHESTER TWP. - For the first time in the history of its program, the Manchester girls soccer team is moving on in the Shore Conference Tournament.
The Hawks - seeded No. 14 in the SCT - held serve at home Tuesday and beat No. 19 St. Rose, 2-1, to win their first ever Shore Conference Tournament game and advance to a round-of-16 date with No. 3 Toms River North.
Senior forward and Monmouth University recruit A'Liah Moore assisted both Manchester goals in the first half Tuesday - the first by junior Kayleigh Sharry and the second by sophomore Nicole Rasmussen.
PHOTO GALLERY: St. Rose at Manchester SCT 1st Round by Ray Richardson
Moore entered the game with 23 goals on the season and used the attention from the Purple Roses defense against her opponent by setting up her two younger teammates.
Brittany Lopes scored the lone St. Rose goal, which also came in the first half.
Manchester took its pursuit of the Class B South championship to the last week of the season, but back-to-back losses to division champion Lacey and Point Pleasant Boro ended the chase for an outright title. Manchester can still win a share of the title by beating Lakewood in a game currently scheduled for Friday.
Note to reader: This post was edited to reflect that Manchester can still win a share of the Class B South championship with a win over Lakewood on Friday.