Shore Conference Girls Soccer Monday Scoreboard, Oct. 16
Shore Conference Tournament
No. 13 Howell 1, No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven 0
Freshman Makenzie Memmolo scored the game-winner two minutes into the second half and Howell will return to the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals for the second straight year after defeating No. 5 Rumson-Fair Haven in the quarterfinals.
Memmolo, who scored her ninth goal of the season, received a pass from senior Leila Oshiro and took the ball to the end-line, where she cut in and put the ball in the back of the net.
“Mackenzie is playing like a veteran,” Howell coach Miguel Arroyo said. “She has been getting over an injury but is tough as nails and it's great to watch her grow into that role.”
Both teams were able to apply pressure in the first half and created scoring chances, but neither defenses would break. In the second half Howell took control and played the majority of the first 25 minutes in its offensive end.
“Coach told us that we needed to come out strong and play the way we know how to play,” Howell goalkeeper Madison Smith said. “He wanted us to play the way we did against Red Bank Catholic, take control and put the ball in the back of the net.”
Rumson started to apply pressure on the Rebels defense in the last 15 minutes of the game. The best chance came with 12 minutes left, when senior Kate Hennen sent the ball into the box that went over the Howell defense, but Rumson shot the ball just wide. Smith made several saves in the final 10 minutes of the game to earn her seventh shutout of the season. Howell has only given up one goal in their last six games and that came last round against Red Bank Catholic.
“Maddy Smith is so underrated,” Arroyo said. “She is an extension of the coaching staff and when we need a big save, she always delivers. She would be a steal for any college coach who would give her a chance”
With the win, Howell returns to the SCT semifinals for the second straight season and will play No. 17 Manasquan Thursday at Summerfield Elementary School in Neptune at 4 p.m.
“It feels amazing,” said Smith about returning to the semifinals. “In the beginning (of the season), things were a little tough, but I had confidence that we would improve along the way and get where we are now.”
Shore Coaches Cup
No. 5 St. John Vianney 3, No. 4 Monmouth Regional 0
SJV got two first half goals from junior Madison Pieloch to defeat Monmouth Regional and advance into the semifinal round of the Shore Coaches Cup. Senior Isabella Merrifield added a second-half goal for the Lancers and sophomore Kate Buffalino earned her first career shutout. SJV will host No. 9 Manchester on Thursday.
Brick Township 2, Freehold Boro 1
Senior Desirae Majett scored two minutes into the game and added a second goal late in the first half to lift Brick Township over Freehold Boro. Brielle Loize scored her second goal of the season for Freehold Boro.
Neptune 3, Matawan 0
Senior Kaitlyn Hankins scored her fourth hat trick of the season in Neptune’s shutout win over Matawan. Hankins now has a Shore-Conference-high 18 goals on the season. Sophomore Angela Hughes earned her first career shutout and made 10 saves in the game.
No. 2 Manalapan 3, No. 13 Trinity Hall 0
After being shutout in the first half, Manalapan scored three second-half goals to defeat Trinity Hall in a non-divisional game. Senior Vanessa Sarf scored her 10th goal of the season for the Braves. Sophomore Leila Shaw posted her seventh shutout of the season.
Red Bank Regional 5, Barnegat 0
Sophomores Kathleen Deverin and Katherine Doody both scored a pair of goals to lead RBR over Barnegat in a non divisional game, 5-0.
Manchester 2, Raritan 0
Freshman Madeline Nolan stayed hot and scored her eighth goal of the season for Manchester in a non-divisional victory. Senior Shay Juralewicz added the second goal on Senior Night to secure the win.
Toms River North 2, Lacey 1 (OT)
Junior Kiera Blum scored the game-winner in overtime to lift Toms River North over Lacey in a non-divisional game. Senior Alexis Garcia scored her 12th goal of the season for TRN. Junior Natalie McGovern scored her 16th goal of the season for Lacey.