Welcome to the Week 4 version of the Surf Taco Girls Soccer Player of the Week vote, which has a dose of defensive flavor after some huge scoring performances last week. This week has no shortage of offensive stars either, so check out the top performers from the conference between Sept. 24 and Sept. 29 and vote for the best of the best in the poll at the bottom of the post. Voting runs up until Wednesday night at 10 p.m.

To nominate players for the Week 5 Player of the Week, email mmanley21@gmail.com by the end of the weekend with the name of the nominee, her grade and her stats/accomplishments between Oct. 1 and Oct. 7.

Nominees list in alphabetical order

Aileen Cahill, Pinelands

The Wildcats had another banner week to improve to 7-1-1, this time rolling up decisive wins over Barnegat and Donovan Catholic before knocking off Holmdel. Cahill was a machine, scoring eight of the team’s 16 goals during the week. The junior scored four goals in a 7-0 win over Barnegat accounted for six of the seven goals vs. Donovan Catholic (two goals and four assists) and scored both goals in a 2-1 win over the Hornets. Cahill now has 13 goals and seven assists for the season.

Courtney Carduner, Wall

The Crimson Knights graduated arguably its best class in program history at the end of last year and appear to be moving out of a very short rebuilding phase. Wall had its first 3-0 week of the season last week, capped by a big 2-1 win over Shore Regional in which Carduner scored both Crimson Knights goals. Wall has once again one with its defense, allowing only six goals in nine games, but Carduner has stepped up to lead a balanced attack with four goals on the season.

Kate MacLeod, Rumson-Fair Haven

The Bulldogs had only two goals on the schedule last week but they looked rather daunting on paper. Rumson took on Freehold Township and Red Bank Catholic and managed to grab a win against one of the Shore’s best program’s. MacLeod led a defensive effort that shut out Freehold Township on Sept. 24, closing down on the Patriots’ speedy forward in the 2-0 Bulldogs victory. The subsequent 2-0 loss to Red Bank Catholic (7-2) was just the second loss of the season for Rumson.

Hailey McGee, Jackson Liberty

The Lions continue to compete near the top of the Class B South standings and are still in position to qualify for the Shore Conference Tournament thanks to another pair of wins last week over Lakewood and Point Boro -both by a score of 5-0. McGee starred in both, scoring two goals in the win over Lakewood and poured in a hat trick in the impressive win over the Panthers.

Kristi Mikula, Colts Neck

Colts Neck’s four-year letter-winner delivered on Senior Day with a hat trick against Ocean, which helped the Cougars stay unbeaten in Class B North play. Colts Neck remains tied with atop the division and will square off against its rival on Thursday in a game that could effectively decide the division championship.

Briana Ramirez, Manalapan

The Braves played a wild, back-and-forth game vs. Middletown South last week that saw the two teams combine for eight goals in 80 minutes of regulation and go scoreless for 20 minutes of overtime before settling on a 4-4 draw. Ramirez led the way for Manalapan in that game by scoring three of the four Braves goals.

Emily Royson, Toms River North

Royson delivered in both of Toms River North’s two wins last week, which came against Howell and Southern. The junior scored one of the three Mariners goals in a shutout win over Howell and stepped up to score two in a 3-2 win over Southern, including the golden goal in overtime. Royson now has seven goals on the season and has scored all of them all since Sept. 20.

Gabi Triolo, Middletown North

Middletown North is the story of the season at the Shore as the conference’s only perfect team heading into the month of October. Triolo is a senior captain and the leader of an airtight defense that has allowed only six goals during its 10-0 start and last week, she led an effort that held Middletown South to a goal and pitched shutouts vs. Red Bank and Red Bank Catholic. The 1-0 win over 7-2 RBC another signature win for the Lions, which has also defeated Wall, St. John Vianney and East Brunswick.



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