Shore Conference Tournament

Round of 16

No. 17 Manasquan 2, No. 1 Manalapan 1 (OT)

In the shock of the Shore Conference Tournament, No. 17 Manasquan scored the golden goal three minutes into overtime to upset No. 1 Manalapan, 2-1. 

Sophomore Jordyn Hollawell scored the golden goal in the 83rd minute when she took the ball from a Manalapan defender and beat Leila Shaw, who came out of the box to make play, and put the ball into the empty net.

“Jordyn has made a huge impact this year,” Manasquan coach Bailey Price said. “She scores goals, she has a lot of assists, but most importantly her effort and work rate are contagious. People see Jordyn working as hard as she does and it makes everyone else work harder.”

Manasquan was able to put pressure on Manalapan in the first half when senior Rylie Rampone scored in the 25th minute. Rampone's goal was a duplicate of her first-round goal against Toms River East. She placed the ball in the upper 90 from about 35 yards away, where Shaw could not reach it. 

Manalapan came into the second half with a lot of energy and scored the equalizer in the 44th minute. Junior Savannah DiSabato scored her first goal of the season off a pass from sophomore Daniella Butash.

Both teams created chances in the final minutes of regulation, but neither could break the tie. In the final minute, Manalapan had a good look at the goal but shot it wide. 

“Before overtime, we just told them to keep the momentum going, the goal was going to come,” Price said. “At halftime we didn't change much, but they followed up on a great save deflected by (goalkeeper) Gia (Restivo). Otherwise, our defense did a tremendous job protecting our goal.”

Manasquan will travel to play No. 8 Point Boro in the quarterfinals on Saturday, time yet to be determined.


No. 8 Point Boro 0, No. 9 Jackson Memorial 0 - Point Boro advances on penalties, 4-3

In a matchup of two strong defensive teams, 100 minutes was not enough. Point Boro and Jackson Memorial needed to settle it with penalty kicks, which Point Boro won in the sixth round to defeat Jackson Memorial, 4-3, after a scoreless draw.

Both teams could not ask anymore from their goalies, who both made challenging saves throughout regulation and overtime. When it came to the shootout, Ava Bjorndahl (Pt. Boro) and Gianna Berkley (Jackson Memorial) both made saves in the first and fifth rounds. With Jackson Memorial shooting first in the shootout, Bjorndahl was able to secure the save in the sixth round and senior Juliette Ryan converted for the Panthers on the last attempt to secure the victory.

“I was thinking I had so much confidence in me and my team and I knew I had to do whatever I had to do to get to the next round,” Bjorndahl said. “Coach told us to play with our heart and no matter what the result was, he was supporting us no matter what.”

The defenses were very well organized throughout the game, limiting the amount of good chances each team had against the other. Senior Chelsea Lavezzo had a couple of good chances in the first half, but Bjorndahl punched one shot over the crossbar and a minute later, made a diving save on Lavezzo. Lavezzo had her best chance towards the end of the second overtime. She had a one-on-one with Bjorndahl, but Bjorndahl made the diving save to force the shootout.

“Ava made a couple big saves in the first half,” Point Boro coach Mike Edolo said. “I have confidence with her in the back. It is a tough job she has because playing in our division, consistently we do not give up a lot of chances, so she needs to be ready when they come and today she was.”

After Jackson Memorial was not able to convert on their 5th round shot, Berkley kept the Jaguars in the game by making the save on Point Boro’s most consistent scorer, Kyleigh Cilento.

Point Boro will host No. 17 Manasquan on Saturday in the SCT quarterfinals.

No. 2 Freehold Township 3, No. 15 Trinity Hall 0

Another team could not figure out how to slow Danielle Howard, as the Freehold Township junior scored what ended up being the game-winner in the 25th minute to help the Patriots defeat Trinity Hall, 3-0.

Howard scored her fourth goal in the last three games, giving her 10 on the season to go with her 10 assists.

“Dani is a player that has excelled in every spot we’ve played her at,” Freehold Township coach Dave Patterson said. “She is a great midfielder but due to injuries, we’ve been playing her at center forward and she has shown great composure and skill in scoring and setting up her teammates. She plays the game the way it’s intended to be played.”

Junior Gaby Parker, who also has been stepping up on the offensive end, scored off Ainsley Moy’s pass to give the Patriots a 2-0 lead going into halftime. The combination of Parker and Moy struck again in the second half to give Parker her ninth goal of the season and Freehold Township a 3-0 victory.

Freehold Township will host No. 7 Middletown South on Saturday in the SCT quarterfinals.



No. 6 Wall 4, No. 11 Toms River North 0

Wall wasted no time in their opening game of the Shore Conference Tournament, scoring in the opening minute and never looking back to defeat Toms River North, 4-0.

Sophomore Madison Miller scored her 11th goal of the season off a pass from Ellie Hartz, who had two assists in the game. Senior Aileen Carr scored Wall’s second goal 10 minutes later off a corner kick that caused a scramble in the box. Wall put the game out of reach in the final minutes of the first half when junior Sam Brett, who just returned from injury, scored off Carr’s assist to make it 3-0. Brett added a second goal in the second half on a penalty kick. 

“It was really nice having Sam back and healthy at the start of the postseason,” Wall coach Annie Menafra said. “She is a player who can not only finish, but create scoring chances. She did exactly what we needed her to do today and we are looking forward to what she can bring to the field the rest of the season.”

The Wall defense, which has been strong all season, shut down Toms River North’s leading scorer throughout the match. Senior Alexis Garcia, who has 61 career goals for TRN, was marked by senior Alexa Ker for the majority of the game.

“Alexa is a solid defensive center mid who makes it hard for anyone she is marking,” Menafra said. “We specifically asked Alexa to stay on Garcia today to prevent her from creating any offense for them. She does a great job winning balls in the air and is mentally tough when she needs to be.”

Wall will travel to play No. 3 Central Regional on Saturday in the SCT Quarterfinals.


No. 3 Central Regional 2, No. 14 Marlboro 1 (OT)

Central Regional avoided a second-round upset when senior Emma Harmon scored the golden goal in the 84th minute to defeat Marlboro, 2-1.

Sophomore Hailey Monprode ran up from the back line to win a loose ball 35 yards out and fed the ball to Harmon, who shot the ball low and to the far post. Harmon, who is committed to Lafayette, scored her 16th goal of the season. 

“I told the girls to keep the pressure and the goal was coming,” Coach Marykate Sullivan said. “ You gotta dig deep and want it more. Our ball to start, let’s do what we do best and put the ball in the back of the net.”

Central scored first in the third minute of the game, when senior Arianna Chidiac scored off Harmon’s assist. Marlboro was able to respond right away when junior Brooke Gordon scored the equalizer. 

Central had several chances throughout the second half, but freshman goalie Jordyn Bauer and the Marlboro defense would not break in regulation.

“We knew if we kept applying pressure that we would get the next goal,” Harmon said. “At this time of the year it’s just to win and advance and nothing else matters. We know we are capable of winning the whole thing.”

Central Regional will host No. 6 Wall on Saturday in the SCT Quarterfinals. 


No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven 4, No. 12 Brick Memorial 1

Rumson scored four unanswered, second-half goals to defeat Brick Memorial, 4-1, and advance to the SCT quarterfinals. The Bulldogs had four different goal scorers in the game.

“In the first half, I was not happy with our energy,” Rumson coach Jeff Herkimer said. “At halftime I wanted to do something to get us motivated and I pointed at Sydney (Garfunkel), who suffered a season-ending injury Tuesday night. Sydney has been a major part of our defense all season and I told the team that she would do anything to get back on the field now so no matter how tired they are, all they had to do was look at her on the bench for motivation and it worked.”

Brick Memorial scored the lone goal in the first half when senior Mia Caruso passed the ball into the box to senior Chloe Gellici, who put it in the back of the net.

Rumson responded in the second half with senior Ella Mason scoring the equalizer off a pass from Chloe Dengler. Junior Aubrey Scoble, who had two assists, had her first to junior Stella Saad, which would be the game-winner. Saad added an unassisted goal late in the second half to put the game out of reach.

“Aubrey has been playing at an unbelievable level. She has elevated her game and elevated the team,” Herkimer said. “Before this run she was trying to do too much. Aubrey and I talked about focusing on team goals and everything else would fall into place.”

Rumson will host No. 13 Howell on Monday at 6 p.m. in the SCT Quarterfinals. 


No. 13 Howell 3, No. 4 Red Bank Catholic 1

Howell scored all three of their goals in the second half to upset No. 4 RBC in the second round of the SCT, 3-1. The Rebels played one of the hardest schedules this season and are seeing the rewards of that schedule when it counts the most.

“It brought the team together,” Howell coach Miguel Arroyo said about his team’s start to the season. “We have great chemistry now and it also helped to make the younger players better by making good decisions in pressure situations.”

RBC scored first when senior Tessa Beams found freshman Payton Cox in the 23rd minute for the goal. The Caseys went into halftime up, 1-0, but Howell would score three unanswered.

Senior Jade Vieira scored two goals in the second half for the Rebels, her first on a free kick just outside the box and her second on a penalty kick. Vieira also assisted the game-winner to Madelyn Roberto.

Howell will travel to No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven on Monday at 6 p.m. in the SCT quarterfinals. 


Wednesday, Oct. 11

No. 7 Middletown South 3, No. 10 Lacey 0

Junior Amanda MacGregor scored two first-half goals to help Middletown South defeat Lacey and advance into the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

MacGregor scored her first goal just past the midway point of the first half off a pass from Lauren Ceurvels. She extended the Eagles lead right before halftime off a pass from Grace Gironda, her 11th assist of the season.

Junior Emma Verticchio earned her third shutout of the season since she replaced senior Allie Greco, who is out with an injury, in goal.

“Our back line has been strong in these last few games allowing very few shots on goal,” Middletown South coach Megan Barry said. “But Emma has stepped up with confidence and made the necessary saves to hold the shutouts and wins.”

Senior Bea Tinoco sealed the game with her 14th goal of the season in the second half.

Middletown South will travel to No. 2 Freehold Township on Saturday in the SCT quarterfinals.


Thursday, Oct. 12

Shore Conference Coaches Cup

Round of 16

No. 1 Point Beach 6, Matawan 0

No. 9 Manchester 2, No. 8 Raritan 1

No. 5 St. John Vianney 5, No. 12 Donovan Catholic 0 

No. 4 Monmouth 4, No. 13 Barnegat 0

No. 3 Middletown North 5, No. 14 Jackson Liberty 0

No. 10 Southern 2, No. 7 Brick Township 0

No. 2 Ocean Township 9, No. 15 Neptune 2

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