NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Finals

North Jersey 2, Group III

(5) Middletown South 1, (3) West Morris 1 (Midd. South advances on penalties, 3-1)

Gabby Cook saved two shots during the shootout and Keira Prince converted the winning kick on Middletown South's fifth round of kicks to deliver the Eagles (13-5-5) a penalty-kick win over the Wolfpack (13-8-2) and a sectional championship.

Madyson Laudisi made Middletown South's second attempt and after Dina Kousouris made the Eagles' third try, Cook came up with the second of her two saves to give her team the advantage. Ava Mamary then saved her second penalty kick of the round for West Morris, but Sarah Hoos fired the Wolfpack's next attempt off the crossbar to set up Prince for the winning shot.

Senior Grace Massell scored off a feed from Christina Sundt in the 27th minute to open the scoring before Emily DeGeyter answered for West Morris in the 30th.

Middletown South will play perennial power Northern Highlands in the Group III semifinals Tuesday at Livingston High School. Northern Highlands has won seven consecutive sectional titles, reached six straight Group III finals and won at least a share of five of the last six Group III championships, including a co-championship with Wall last year.


Central Jersey Group IV

(1) Freehold Twp. 2, (2) East Brunswick 1 (OT)

Jasmine Colbert scored the equalizer with just under three minutes left in regulation and Jada Colbert buried a 25-yard strike for the golden goal early in the first overtime to give the Patriots (22-1) a thrilling win over the Bears (19-3-2) for their second sectional championship in the last three seasons.

East Brunswick broke a scoreless tie in the 55th minute on a goal by Alyna Negron and the Bears preserved the lead for more than 20 minutes thanks to a standout effort in goal by keeper Lauren Krinsky, who saved 19 shots.

Freehold Township will play South Jersey champion Washington Township in the Group IV semifinals Tuesday at Rowan University.


Central Jersey Group III

(1) Allentown 2, (6) Toms River East 1

The Redbirds (20-1) answered Jillian Conklin's 34th goal of the season within 35 seconds and scored the winning goal less than four minutes after that to top the Raiders (13-5-1) and capture the program's first ever sectional title.

Conklin scored off a rebound of her own shot 12:14 into the match, but junior Emma Pascarella responded 35 seconds later with a 25-yard strike that sliced out of the leaping reach of Toms River East keeper Jackie Koegh and into the upper right corner of the goal.

Freshman Olivia Denney earned a penalty kick in the 17th minute by dribbling by a pair of defenders and getting tripped up. Fellow freshman Olivia Ricci ripped the ensuing kick to the lower left of the goal, just out of the reach of Keogh.

Keogh turned in a standout effort in goal in a losing effort, saving 10 shots, including three from point-blank distance and another with a leaping parry on another strike by Pascarella.

Allentown will take on Ocean City in the Group III semifinals Tuesday at Toms River North in the first game of a girls-boys double-header.


Central Jersey Group II

(1) Wall 2, (2) A.L. Johnson 0

Seniors Sarah Gordon and Jenna Karabin each scored a goal and the Crimson Knights (23-1-1) blanked the Crusaders (20-2-1) to win their second consecutive sectional title, this time in Central Jersey Group II after winning Central Jersey Group III last season.

Gordon buried a far post shot 10 minutes into the match off a pass from Hailee Reinhardt and Karabin tacked on an insurance score in the 50th off a corner kick by Jaime Iorio.

Wall will play South Jersey Group II champion Cinnaminson Tuesday in the Group II final at Hopewell Valley High School.


Central Jersey Group I

(4) Shore 3, (3) Palmyra 0

Lauren Mendillo headed in a corner kick by Frankie McDonough in the 27th minute and McDonough added a goal of her own less than two minutes later to ignite the Blue Devils (18-4-2) to a win over the Panthers (19-3-1) for their sixth consecutive sectional championship.

Hannah Birdsall added a third Shore goal with a 25-yard strike 2:07 into the second half to effectively put the game out of reach for Palmyra.

Shore will try to advance to its sixth straight Group I final appearance Tuesday when the Blue Devils take on South Jersey Group I champion Pitman at Paul VI High School.


South Jersey Group IV

(3) Washington Twp. 2, (4) Toms River North 1 (OT)

Junior Julianna Capano scored the golden goal in the second overtime period and the Minutemen (18-3-3) unseated the defending sectional champion Mariners (19-3) to win the program's first ever sectional championship.

Marisa Tava scored the tying goal off a pass from Jenna Royson to pull Toms River North even late in the first half. Washington grabbed a 1-0 lead on a goal by Giovanna Castorina.

Washington Township will take on Freehold Township in the Group IV semifinals Tuesday at Rowan University.


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