Girls Soccer – Vote: Week 8 Surf Taco Player of the Week
After a brief hiatus between tournaments, the Surf Taco Player of the Week contest is back in full force after the first two rounds of the NJSIAA Tournament. Check out the top girls performers that helped their respective teams advance in the tournament and vote at the bottom of the post for the one you think stands out as the best of the best from the week that was. Vote once every hour through the 6 p.m. deadline on Tuesday.
Nominees listed alphabetically
Alyia Canfield, Toms River South
Toms River South has rolled up seven goals in two games, with Canfield leading the way. The senior scored two goals in a 4-1 win over Timber Creek and struck for another in a 3-2 win over Seneca in the sectional quarterfinals.
Caroline Caputo, St. Rose
With 15 goals in two games, St. Rose had plenty of scoring standouts and Caputo gets the nod with a hat trick and an assist in an 8-0 win over St. Joseph Hammonton and another goal and assist in the Purple Roses’ 7-0 quarterfinals win over Timothy Christian.
Danielle Christ, Brick
Brick turned in two dominant efforts to earn a trip to the Central Group III semifinals and among its top performers was Christ. The senior contributed a goal in the 7-0 win over Westampton Tech and led the way with two in the Green Dragons’ 6-1 win over Jackson Liberty.
Kaleigh Harmon, Middletown North
The Lions have bounced back nicely since losing their first game of the season – a Shore Conference semifinal defeat at the hands of eventual champion Toms River North on Oct. 20. Middletown North opened its pursuit of a sectional title with wins over Woodbridge and Middletown South and Harmon was the lone Lion to score in both games, notching one goal in each.
Ryann Leohner, Freehold Twp.
Like Middletown North, Freehold Township responded to an SCT semifinal loss by rolling through its first two NJSIAA Tournament opponents. After a quiet opening round vs. Edison, Leohner went off for a hat trick in the Patriots’ 4-0 win over Hightstown, which earned them a date at top-seeded Hunterdon Central.
Anna Margarites, Matawan
The Central Jersey Group II bracket got blown wide open thanks to a pair of upsets on the top-seed side of the bracket. That top seed was Rumson and the Bulldogs suffered an early exit thanks to No. 8 Matawan, which knocked off the Bulldogs, 2-1. Margarites scored one goal apiece in the first-round win over Metuchen as well as the upset of Rumson.
April Rivera, Point Boro
While Matawan upset the order of the Central Jersey Group II bracket, Point Boro helped in that regard by hammering defending Group II champion Wall, 4-1. Rivera contributed to a balanced scoring effort with a goal in the win over Wall and the senior also assisted one of the Panthers’ two goals in a 2-1 first-round win over Raritan.
Kaitlyn Torres, Colts Neck
The Cougars battled their way back to the Central Group III semifinals, punching their ticket with a 1-0 win at Steinert. Torres turned away 11 shots in earning the shutout in that game, which made sure a goal by Kristi Mikula stood up. The sophomore keeper also saved five shots in a 3-1 win over Ocean in the opening round.
Victoria Tzitzis, Marlboro
Marlboro bowed out in the sectional quarterfinals with a loss to Old Bridge and that ended a short-but-sweet tournament for Tzitzis, who capped a 19-goal junior season with four goals in two playoff games. She scored a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Manalapan and scored the lone goal in the 2-1 loss to the Knights.
Katie Venezia, Trinity Hall
After winning a postseason game for the first time ever, Trinity Hall followed that up by advancing to the sectional semifinals for the first time in the short history of its program – as a No. 12 seed, no less. Venezia played a key role in the two wins, scoring two goals in a 3-0 opening-round win over Our Lady of Mercy and another one in a 3-2 Monarchs victory over Holy Cross Prep.