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NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Semifinals

Central Jersey Group IV

(2) Freehold Twp. 3, (3) New Brunswick 0

Senior Herman Colbert scored two of Freehold Township's three first-half goals and the Patriots got off to a hot start and finished off the shutout win over the Zebras to reach the Central Jersey Group IV final for the first time since winning the section in 2015.

Colbert won a pass up ahead from junior Noah Jones and finished it off in the 10th minute to open the scoring and later closed it with Freehold Township's third goal, knocking in a cross from senior Ryan Keegan in the 38th minute.

Senior Josh Hocheiser scored in the 25th minute to put Freehold Township ahead, 2-0.

The Patriots will host No. 13 Howell in Thursday's championship game -- the third meeting between the two Shore Conference Class A North rivals this season. Freehold Township won each of the first two meetings by a score of 2-1, the second of which came in the Shore Conference Tournament round of 16.

(13) Howell 3, (8) West Windsor-Plainsboro South 2

Senior Kris Maza scored twice in the last nine minutes after assisting the equalizer by senior teammate Chris Osorio-Rodriguez and the Rebels battled past the Pirates and into the Central Jersey Group IV final for the first time since 2007.

Osorio-Rodriguez tied the game with a goal in the 16th minute off a feed from Maza, who was only getting started. In the 71st, Maza broke the tie and added another three minutes later off a pass from junior Nick Spisak -- a critical insurance goal with West Windsor-Plainsboro South scoring once more before the final whistle.

Howell will attempt to win the program's first NJSIAA sectional championship since 1988 Thursday, when the Rebels travel to No. 2 Freehold Township for the third meeting between the two Shore Conference Class A North rivals.


Central Jersey Group III

(3) Long Branch 3, (2) Ocean 1

Senior Eduardo Ribiero scored two goals in the second half to break a tie score at halftime, beat the Spartans and send the Green Wave to the sectional final for the second time in three years.

Sophomore Chris Lopez scored the equalizer for Long Branch two minutes after junior Archeley Eugene gave Ocean the initial lead. Lopez stole the ball in the Ocean third of the field and slammed it in for a 1-1 deadlock.

Five minutes into the second half, Lopez flicked a header toward the front of the goal and Ribiero found the spot and knocked it in for a 2-1 Long Branch lead.

Long Branch extended the lead to 2-1 in the 57th, when a takedown inside the 18-yard box set up a penalty kick by Ribiero.

The Green Wave will head to No. 1 Hopewell Valley on Thursday in search of its first sectional championship since 1997.


Central Jersey Group II

(3) Rumson-Fair Haven 3, (2) South River 0

Freshman Ronan Hoag scored four minutes before halftime and Rumson added a pair of goals within a minute of one another in the second half to clear the Rams and reach the Central Jersey Group II final for the third time since 2013 and the first time since 2016.

Hoag broke a scoreless deadlock in the 36th minute by knocking in a cross from junior Antonio Santos.

Santos later scored the second of two Rumson goals within a span of 55 seconds on a 25-yard volley to extend the lead to 3-0. The Bulldogs went up 2-0 in the 55th on a goal by junior Alec Pentikis, who chased down a long pass from Matteo Pane out of the back and finished it off.

Rumson will host Class A Central division rival Holmdel in Thursday's sectional final. The Bulldogs defeated Holmdel, 2-0, during the regular season and also beat the Hornets in the 2016 Central Group II semifinals to reach the sectional final.

(4) Holmdel 2, (1) Voorhees 1 (OT)

Sophomore David Weiner scored the golden goal 2:30 into the second overtime and the Hornets beat the top-seeded Vikings to reach the Central Jersey Group II championship game for the third time in five seasons.

Voorhees denied Holmdel the win in regulation with the equalizer in the 72nd minute but Weiner put a combination with senior Bryce Calhoun that made the extra effort worth it. Weiner settled the ball at midfield, worked the give-and-go with Calhoun, and struck a shot to the right corner of the goal from the top of the 18-yard box that ended the game on the spot.

Holmdel jumped on top in the 47th minute on a header by sophomore Frankie Busco off a throw-in from senior Dan Vesely.

Holmdel will travel to play No. 3 Rumson-Fair Haven in the Central Jersey Group II championship game on Thursday -- a rematch of a 2-0 Rumson-Fair Haven win during the regular season.


South Jersey Group IV

(5) Toms River North 2, (1) Clearview 0

Senior A.J. Emnace scored for the eighth time in three state tournament games and the Mariners came to life in the second half to knock out the top-seeded Pioneers, advancing to the sectional final round for the third straight season.

Emnace broke a scoreless tie in the 50th minute by scoring off a pass from senior Nico Gonzalez and senior Vinny O'Donnell tacked on a second Toms River North goal in the 66th.

Toms River North will host the South Jersey Group IV championship game Thursday against No. 11 Cherokee.


South Jersey Group III

(10) Cherry Hill West 2, (11) Toms River South 0

Ethan Steinbiss assisted goals by Ryan McHugh and Peter Graffeo and the Lions ended a six-game winning streak by the Indians that carried them to a Shore Conference Coaches' Cup championship and the South Jersey Group III semifinals.

Cherry Hill West will travel to No. 4 Moorestown Thursday for the South Jersey Group III final.


South Jersey Non-Public A

(1) CBA 2, (4) St. Augustine 1 (OT)

Senior Dylan Cupo scored the golden goal 39 seconds into the second overtime and the Colts rallied to beat the Hermits and advance to the sectional final round for the eighth straight season.

CBA fell into a 1-0 hole thanks to a goal by Brian Sharkey in the 37th minute that staked St. Augustine to a 1-0 lead. The Colts pulled even in the 61st, with junior Jack D'Eletto turning the corner and rocketing a cross off a Hermits defender and into the goal for the equalizer.

In a surprise development, CBA will host No. 3 Notre Dame in Thursday's South Non-Public A final after the Irish stunned unbeaten Pingry, the No. 1 team in New Jersey, according to NJ Advance Media.


South Jersey Non-Public B

(5) Ranney 1, (8) St. Rose 0

Senior Charles Anyichie ran down a long ball over the top of the defense and buried it inside the near left post for the game's lone goal as the Panthers shutout the rival Purple Roses to reach the South Non-Public B final for the first time in program history.

Goalkeeper Joe Celler made a pair of key saves in the final 20 minutes, including one at point-blank range, to preserve the one-goal advantage.

Playing in its first sectional final on Thursday, Ranney will play host to another first-time finalist in No. 7 Princeton Day, which joined the group of NJSIAA member schools for the 2021-22 season.


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