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NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Championships - Previews (Central/South)

Central Jersey Group IV

(2) Freehold Twp. 1, (13) Howell 0

Senior Josh Hocheiser converted a penalty kick in the 47th minute for the game's only goal and the Patriots held on to beat the Rebels for the third time this season, capturing the program's first sectional title since 2015.

Freehold Township will host Toms River North in the Group IV semifinal on Tuesday, which will be the third meeting between the two sides. The two teams tied, 0-0, in a regular-season match on Oct. 12, then Toms River North beat Freehold Township, 4-1, in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals two weeks later.


Central Jersey Group III

(1) Hopewell Valley 2, (3) Long Branch 1

Senior Eduardo Ribiero scored his fourth goal of the state tournament to cut Hopewell Valley's lead in half, but the Bulldogs held on after striking twice early to win the sectional championship for the second time in six years.


Central Jersey Group II

(3) Rumson-Fair Haven 2, (4) Holmdel 1 (OT)

Junior Alec Pentikis dotted a pinpoint shot to the upper left corner of the goal from a tough angle on the right side in the 93rd minute and the Bulldogs pulled out a golden-goal win over the Hornets to capture their first ever sectional title.

Rumson had the game momentarily slip out of its grasp twice between the second half and overtime but it all led up to the winning sequence. The Bulldogs marched down field on a counter-attack, with freshman Ronan Hogg carrying the ball into space and sliding it toward Pentikis on the right side of the field.

Pentikis took the available space and swung a shot with slight arc to clear the reach of 6-foot-4 Holmdel goalkeeper Tommy Chyzowych. The ball avoided the outstretched arm of Chyzowych and hit just inside the top of the left post for the game-winning goal.

Chyzowych extended the game by making a point-blank save in the eighth minute of overtime on a clean shot by Pentikis, who ran onto a ball played through by junior Antonio Santos.

Santos gave Rumson a 1-0 lead when he made a far post run and finished a low cross from senior Luke Pentikis in the 52nd minute. The Bulldogs gave the lead away in the 61st, when a Rumson defender inadvertently headed a free kick by Holmdel senior Brendan Worobel over senior goalkeeper Aiden Colburn and to the end-line, where sophomore Frankie Brusco tapped it in for the equalizer.

Holmdel's near miss came in the 47th minute, when junior Max Woodward drove a 30-yard shot square off the crossbar.

After celebrating its first ever state sectional championship, Rumson will regroup to host South Jersey champion Delran Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Group II semifinals.


South Jersey Group IV

(5) Toms River North 0, (11) Cherokee 0 - TR North advances on penalties, 4-3

The Chiefs cooled off Toms River North's red-hot attack by playing 100 scoreless minutes with the reigning South Jersey Group IV champions, but the Mariners prevailed on penalties to win their third straight NJSIAA sectional championship.

Cherokee went up early in the round of penalties, but Toms River North converted on four straight, with senior Jake Nagle converting the winning kick to set off the celebration.

Toms River North, which scored a combined 15 goals in the first three rounds of the tournament, will travel to play Freehold Township in the Group IV semifinal on Tuesday.


South Jersey Non-Public A

(1) CBA 5, (3) Notre Dame 4

Senior Dylan Cupo scored two goals, including the last CBA goal that proved to be the game-winner in a Colts win over the Irish that locked up a sixth sectional title in the last seven years for CBA.

CBA built leads of 3-0 and 4-1 in the match, but Notre Dame rallied to cut its deficit to one goal on two separate occasions.

Junior Will Thygeson slammed in a cross from classmate Jack D'Eletto in the 12th minute to open the scoring, followed by Cupo's first goal off a pass over the top from senior defender Jack McGagh to make it 2-0 in the 30th.

From there, the action reached a frenzied level, with CBA quickly making it 3-0 in the 33rd on a 30-yard shot by sophomore Dimitry Corba that dipped under the crossbar.

Cup then slammed a shot off the crossbar less than a minute later to barely miss extending the CBA lead to 4-0. Notre Dame turned the miss around, with Owen Barlow burying a shot from the top of the 18-yard box in the 34th to get the Irish on the board at 3-1.

The teams made it to halftime with the 3-1 score, but not before D'Eletto slammed CBA's third shot of the first half off the crossbar -- this one with a minute left before intermission.

The Colts again stretched their lead to three goals in the 51st, when senior Jake Homowitz bent a corner kick toward the goal and it glanced off the head of a Notre Dame defender and into the far right corner for a 4-1 CBA lead.

Four minutes later, Notre Dame came back to life when Aiden Hoenisch chased down a flick from Danny Bensch and finished to make it 4-2. Less than two minutes after their second goal, the Irish cut their deficit to one on a finish by Kyle Allen.

CBA only played another five-plus minutes with a one-goal lead. Sophomore Dylan Millevoi won the ball away from Notre Dame in the CBA third of the field and blasted it up to D'Eletto. The junior took the ball toward the left post and played a pass across the box for Cupo, who easily converted it for a 5-3 CBA lead.

The scoring slowed down for the final 18 minutes and Notre Dame's comeback effort took a hit when James Watson was issued his second yellow card, disqualifying him from the match and giving CBA an 11-on-10 advantage the rest of the way.

Still, Notre Dame earned a penalty kick with 38 seconds left and Bensch buried it to make the score 5-4, but the Colts ran out the clock to secure the win and earn a showdown with Seton Hall Prep in Sunday's Non-Public A final.


South Jersey Non-Public B

(7) Princeton Day 3, (5) Ranney 1

Senior Charles Anyichie scored a goal in a second straight state tournament game to get Ranney on the board in the final five minutes, but Princeton Day's three-goal second half was the difference in winning the program's first ever NJSIAA sectional title.

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