Each week, beginning this week, Shore Sports Network recognizes the top players in Shore Conference girls soccer over the past seven days and gives the readers a chance to vote for the top performer.

Read about the 10 nominees for the stretch of games between Sept. 9 and 15, and vote for your favorite. Vote once per hour through the Wednesday deadline at 10 p.m. and the top vote-getter will win a $25 gift card to Surf Taco.

Attention Coaches: Want to nominate a player for next week's contest? You can email mmanley21@gmail.com with the name of the nominee(s) and a brief summary of her performance over the past week.

Taylor Bielan, Fr., Holmdel

The Hornets hung right with Shore Regional in a big A Central showdown before ultimately falling, 4-3. Bielan proved that although only a freshman, she was ready for a big game. The Holmdel rookie scored two of Holmdel’s three goals in the loss – the first two goals of her high school career.

Morgan Cupo, So., Red Bank Catholic

The Caseys just finished a big week by going 2-1, with wins over St. John Vianney and Manasquan and a 2-1 loss to Middletown South. Cupo led the way in the win over Vianney, tallying a goal and an assist. The sophomore followed that performance up with two more goals in a 6-1 victory over Manasquan.

Caitlyn Decker, Jr., Red Bank

For the first time in nearly a decade, Red Bank scored a win over Wall in girls soccer and it was Decker’s goal that proved to be the difference in a 1-0 Bucs win. The junior came back with another goal to help Red Bank finish off the week with a 2-1 win over Lacey to improve to 4-0 in the early stages of 2019.

Julia Eichenbaum, Sr., Shore

Last week was a typical week for Eichenbaum, which is to say it was an outstanding one. The senior striker scored seven goals in three Shore wins, including a four-goal outburst with two assists in a 9-2 win over Monmouth. The Illinois commit also scored a pair of goals and assisted another in a 4-3 win over Holmdel and threw in another goal in a win over Rumson-Fair Haven.

Jordyn Ferraro, Sr., Manalapan

After scoring a goal in a win over Marlboro earlier in the week, Ferraro came up with a big performance in a statement win for the Braves. Ferraro scored two goals and assisted another in Manalapan’s 6-2 win over defending North Jersey 2, Group III champion Middletown North as the Braves improved to 2-1 following a season-opening loss to Jackson Memorial.

Nayeli Herdoiza, Jr., Keyport

No player in the Shore Conference had a bigger single-game scoring outburst than Herdoiza had for the Red Raiders last week. In a 7-0 win over South Amboy, the junior erupted for five goals to get Keyport its first win of the season.

Abby Kennelly, Jr., Brick

The Green Dragons had a big showdown with Toms River North on Thursday and earned a 1-1 draw with the Mariners. Kennelly assisted the lone Brick goal by junior Kaitlyn Horvath in the draw with Toms River North and followed that up with two goals in a 3-0 win over Howell on Saturday.

Natalie Knauf, Sr., Jackson Memorial

The Jaguars continued their strong start to 2019 during the last week and Knauf provided a good deal of the powerful scoring punch. The senior scored a goal each in wins over Brick Memorial and Howell and went off for a hat trick in a win over Central.

Kat O’Brien, Sr., Freehold Twp.

O’Brien was the model of consistency last week for a program that has been the same over the last decade. The senior recorded a goal and an assist in each of Freehold Township’s three games last week – wins over Rumson-Fair Haven, Howell and Wall.

Gianna Simon, Fr., Southern

With 24 goals in four games, Southern is off to an eye-opening start and Simon highlighted last week’s dominant showings against Toms River South and Brick Memorial. The freshman scored two goals in each of the two Rams wins – 8-2 over the Indians and 7-1 over the Mustangs.

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