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Sectional Quarterfinals

Central Jersey Group IV

(1) Howell 3, (8) New Brunswick 0

Junior Brent Romano struck for a goal in the first half and senior J.P. Candela and sophomore Nick Turturro each added one in the second half as the Rebels pulled away for a win over the Zebras, earning them a home date in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday.

(3) Freehold Twp. 3, (6) Marlboro 0

Senior Jake Visco scored a goal in each half and the Patriots handled the Mustangs to advance to the sectional semifinals Wednesday at home against No. 15 South Brunswick.

Senior Aidan Englander opened the scoring with a goal in the 22nd minute off a pass from junior Victor Torres. Visco then finished a feed from senior Tyler Santos in the 31st to send Freehold Township into halftime with a two-goal lead.

(15) South Brunswick 2, (7) Long Branch 0

A red card forced Long Branch to play a man down and without starting goalkeeper Chris Lazo for the final 60 minutes and a missed penalty kick in the 75th doomed the Green Wave in a loss to the suddenly-surging Vikings.

Aidan Chang got South Brunswick out to a 1-0 lead five minutes into the match, when Long Branch was still at even strength. After Long Branch failed to convert a potential game-tying penalty kick in the 75th, Payton Brantley added a second goal for South Brunswick to put the game away in the 78th minute.

According to Long Branch coach Adrian Castro, the red card was issued to Lazo for language.


Central Jersey Group III

(14) Matawan 1, (6) Jackson Liberty 0 (OT)

Senior Aaron Kalish scored the golden goal four minutes into overtime and the Huskies delivered another state-tournament road win, this time taking out the Lions to advance to the sectional semifinal on Wednesday.

Kalish tracked down a pass from fellow senior Evan Arendt and chipped it in for the game-winner.

(4) Neptune 3, (5) Steinert 0

Senior Ernst Louisius scored a goal in each half and the Scarlet Fliers blanked the Spartans to reach the sectional semifinal round for the second time in five years.

Junior Anthony Muñoz Garcia also scored a first-half goal and junior Kervins Lafortune picked up an assist in the win.

(1) Robbinsville 1, (9) Ocean 0 (OT)

Alex Ivanov scored the golden goal early in the first overtime period and the Ravens dealt the Spartans a heartbreaker to end their season after Ocean advanced on a golden goal in the first round. Robbinsville will host No. 4 Neptune in the sectional semifinals on Wednesday.


Central Jersey Group II

(6) Manasquan 3, (14) Monmouth 0

Freshman Cruz Farkas scored the first two of three Manasquan goals in the second half and the Warriors came alive in the final 40 minutes to upend the Falcons and reach the sectional semifinals Wednesday at No. 2 Holmdel.

Farkas broke a scoreless tie in the 57th minute, slamming in a shot off a flicked header from sophomore Griffin Linstra. The freshman added a second goal in the 70th off a feed from senior Aidan Sugrue, who later capped the scoring with a penalty kick in the 79th minute.

(2) Holmdel 2, (7) Rumson-Fair Haven 0

Junior David Weiner assisted a goal by senior Colin Byrnes a minute into the match and added a penalty kick midway through the second half as the Hornets exacted their revenge on the Bulldogs in a rematch of last year's Central Jersey Group II final.

Byrnes opened the scoring by hitting his foot to a loose ball near the goal and poking it in after Weiner's corner kick clanged off the far post and bounded back toward the scrum in front of the net.

Byrnes then drew a foul at outer edge of the penalty box and Weiner stepped up and finished the ensuing penalty kick for a 2-0 Holmdel lead in the 61st minute.

Holmdel -- which lost to Rumson, 2-1, in overtime in last year's Central Group II final as well as in this year's regular-season match between the two Class A Central rivals -- moves on to host No. 6 Manasquan Wednesday in the sectional semifinals.

(8) Wall 1, (1) Bordentown 0

Senior James Damiano headed in a cross from junior and younger brother Nick Damiano in the 63rd minute and the Crimson Knights pulled out another shutout victory to advance past the top-seeded Scotties and into the sectional quarterfinal round Wednesday at No. 5 South River.

(5) South River 3, (4) Point Boro 0


Central Jersey Group I

(12) Point Beach 1, (4) New Egypt 1 - Pt. Beach advances on penalties, 5-3

Senior Owen Curtis set the tone with a sprawling save on New Egypt's first attempt of the shootout, then closed it out with the clinching kick to send the Garnet Gulls past the Warriors and into the sectional semifinal Wednesday at No. 8 Shore.

Point Beach converted all five of its shots in the round of penalties, with sophomore Bennett Mayer, sophomore Cody Monticello, senior Josh Boyan and junior Jim Borowski all connecting to set the stage for Curtis to finish it.

Boyan also scored Point Beach's goal in the run of play -- a shot from the top of the 18-yard box that tied the game at 1-1 late in the first half.

(8) Shore 7, (1) Dunellen 1

Senior Nick DiNapoli posted a hat trick to go with an assist and the Blue Devils hammered the top-seeded Destroyers to advance to the sectional semifinal round on Wednesday.

Freshman Santino Scarponi contributed a goal and two assists and sophomore Stephen Molnar chipped in a goal and an assist for Shore. Freshman Cooper Attaway and sophomore Riley Murphy each added a goal as well in the win.


South Jersey Group IV

(1) Rancocas Valley 1, (9) Southern 0

Jake Orendac scored the game's lone goal during the first half and the Red Devils overcame a 17-8 advantage in shots for Southern to beat the Rams and advance to the sectional semifinals on Wednesday against No. 5 Kingsway.

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

Senior Vinny O'Donnell scored the game's first goal in the 54th minute and assisted another 10 minutes later as the Mariners went on the road and topped the Minutemen to reach the official sectional semifinal round for the third straight season.

After O'Donnell's icebreaker, sophomore Josh Brazier made the score 2-0 off a set-up from O'Donnell in the 64th.

Toms River North will continue its sectional title defense Wednesday at No. 2 Cherokee in a rematch of last year's South Jersey Group II final, which the Mariners won on penalty kicks after a scoreless 100 minutes.


South Jersey Group III

(3) Cherry Hill West 2, (11) Lacey 0

Ryan Audino opened the scoring in the 35th minute and Peter Graffeo added some insurance with a second-half header off a cross from Nate Johnson as the Cherry Hill West blanked Lacey to move on to the sectional semifinal Wednesday against No. 2 Hammonton.


Opening Round

South Jersey Non-Public A

(8) St. John Vianney 2, (9) Union Catholic 1

Sophomore Kyle DiMarco scored the equalizer in the 60th minute and senior Danny Herndon finished off the winner in the 69th as the Lancers rallied for a win over the Vikings to earn a quarterfinal matchup Wednesday at top-seeded CBA.

DiMarco converted the tying goal off a feed from senior Luke Molloy and Herndon's winner came off a pass from sophomore Anthony Marano.

(7) Paul VI 7, (10) Donovan Catholic 0


South Jersey Non-Public B

(6) Ranney 6, (11) Wildwood Catholic 2

Tyler Yang scored two goals and the Panthers rolled to a win over the Crusaders to reach the sectional semifinals Wednesday at No. 3 Bishop Eustace.

Gabe Garnett, Scott Huang, Eddie Magherini and John Laub each added a goal for Ranney, which scored the first three goals of the game.


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