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Boys NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Finals

Central Jersey Group IV

(3) Freehold Twp. 1, (4) Monroe 0

Senior Jake Visco scored the game's lone goal in the 34 minute and senior goalkeeper Jack Goldsmith made a championship-saving save in the 74th to deliver the Patriots (14-6) a win over the Falcons (13-7-3) and a second straight Central Jersey Group IV championship on their home field.

Fifteen minutes prior to Visco's goal, junior Tyler Santos had a goal wiped away due to an offside call. In the 33rd, Visco collected the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and ripped a low shot that skipped twice, took an unpredictable bounce off the grass and shot over the reach of diving Monroe goalkeeper Justin Graham and into the goal.

For the final 30 minutes of the second half, Freehold Township withstood a barrage of long passes over the top, several of which resulted in dangerous opportunities for Monroe. Goldsmith tried to clear the ball with his right foot in the 56th and missed when the ball took a bad hop. The goal was open, but the ball veered off to the left.

In the 74th, senior Nate Lipton slipped behind the Patriots back line for a one-on-one opportunity vs. Goldsmith. He tapped a shot toward the right side of the goal, but Goldsmith reacted with a low dive to his left for the save.

Freehold Township heads to the Group IV final for the second straight year and will next travel to play South Jersey Group IV champion Cherokee Wednesday in the Group IV semifinal.


Central Jersey Group II

(2) Holmdel 1, (8) Wall 0

Senior Colin Hynes buried a 25-yard strike in the 29th minute and the Hornets (18-2-1) made it stand up in their third win of the season over the Crimson Knights (11-7-2), with this one clinching Holmdel its first sectional championship since 2018 and eighth overall -- all in the last 17 years.

Sophomore Stephan Kapranov broke loose inside of midfield and slid the ball ahead to Hynes, who turned and encountered a pair of Wall defenders. The senior opted to push hard up the field before cutting back to create space, enough to unleash a laser that tucked into the upper left corner of the goal.

Holmdel could not add a second goal, but controlled play the rest of the way in outshooting Wall, 21-4, and holding the Crimson Knights without a shot in the first 34 minutes of the second half.


Central Jersey Group I

(8) Shore 3, (3) Florence 1

Senior Nick DiNapoli scored the game-winning goal in the 54th minute and added an insurance tally in the 76th to lead the Blue Devils (9-9-2) past the Flashes (15-4-1) for their first Central Jersey Group I championship since 2014.

Senior Max Oliveira -- one of Shore's three senior starters along with DiNapoli -- scored Shore's first goal as the Blue Devils went into the second half even with host Florence, 1-1.


Sectional Semifinals

South Jersey Non-Public A

(1) CBA 2, (4) Pingry 0

Senior Jack D'Eletto scored two goals in the first half and the Colts (17-1) shut out the Big Blue (10-2-5) to earn a trip to the sectional final for the eighth straight season.

D'Eletto opened the scoring in the 11th minute, running onto a through-ball from junior Dimitry Corba and finishing for a 1-0 CBA lead.

In the 28th, sophomore Phil Bodenski played senior Will Thygeson open and Thygeson centered a pass in front of the goal, where D'Eletto completed the sequence with his second goal of the game.

CBA will host St. Peter's Prep Wednesday in the sectional final in search of its sixth trip to the Non-Public A final in the last eight seasons.


South Jersey Non-Public B

(1) St. Rose 3, (12) Moorestown Friends 1

Senior James Vitale scored two goals in the first half and junior Jack Tiernan added one in the second half to pace the Purple Roses (10-4-3) to a win over Moorestown Friends (6-11-1) and secure a spot in the sectional final for the second time in five years.

Vitale opened the scoring in the 13th minute, with senior Andrew Restiano flicking a free kick by Packy O'Hearn to Vitale for the finish. O'Hearn set up the second goal as well, finding Vitale for a 2-0 lead in the 21st.

St. Rose extended the lead to 3-0 Jack Kane found his classmate, Tiernan, to open up the game before Preston Galanis quickly answered with a penalty kick in the 45th.

St. Rose will attempt to win its first sectional championship in 12 years Wednesday, when the Purple Roses host No. 3 Bishop Eustace.


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