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Saturday, Nov. 13

South Jersey Group III

(3) Lacey 1, (5) Mainland 1 - Lacey advances on penalties, 3-2

Lacey sophomore goalkeeper Lorynn Leporino gave up a controversial goal that tied the game in the 74th minute, but stepped up with two saves during the penalty kick shootout as the Lions prevailed in an emotional sectional championship game against the Mustangs.

With Saturday's championship performance, Lacey captured its first sectional championship since 2003.

With Lacey a little more than six minutes from winning the championship in regulation, Sydney Kaas head-flicked a free kick toward the goal and Camryn Dirkes followed up with a header on frame. Leporino parried it straight up above her head to gain control and secured it along the end-line for what appeared to be a save.

After several seconds, as Leporino prepared to punt, the center official blew his whistle and signaled a goal was scored after the sideline official relayed to him that the ball crossed the line while Leporino was controlling it.

Up until Mainland's equalizer, the Mustangs dominated the second half, but Lacey bounced back by creating the bulk of the chances throughout the two overtime periods.

In the shootout, Lacey fell behind twice but got back in it with saves by Leporino on the second and fourth attempts by Mainland. Freshman Reece Paget and senior Katie Patterson converted Lacey's second and fourth attempts, respectively and following Leporino's second save, sophomore Marley Besser connected to give Lacey the shootout lead, 3-2.

When Mainland had a chance to extend it on the final attempt, Leporino read the shot correctly and was in position for the clinching save. It didn't matter, however, as the shot sailed above the crossbar to officially end the shootout, with Lacey advancing to the Group III semifinal at home Wednesday against Princeton.

Lacey jumped in front in the 19th minute on a goal by freshman Natalie McGovern, who got a through-ball from senior Abby Stephens and slid it in from the left corner of the six-yard box.


Friday, Nov. 12

NJSIAA Tournament

Sectional Championships

Central Jersey Group IV

(1) Freehold Twp. 4, (2) Rancocas Valley 3 (OT)

Junior Kayla Wong scored the golden goal off a cross from sophomore Cassidy Corcione during the second overtime period and the Patriots prevailed with a wild win over the Red Devils to win the Central Group IV title and set up a rematch of the Shore Conference Tournament final in Wednesday's Group IV semifinals.

Corcione also scored the equalizer in the 71st minute, tying the game at 3-3 after Rancocas Valley stormed back from a 2-0 deficit with three consecutive goals.

Sophomore Ainsley Moy scored each of Freehold Township's first two goals, including one in the fifth minute off a pass from freshman Gaby Parker that opened the scoring. Moy extended the Patriots lead to 2-0 in the 43rd with a shot that struck a Rancocas Valley on the way into the net.

Freehold Township will next head south to play at Toms River North in Wednesday's Group IV semifinal. The Patriots beat Toms River North, 3-1, in the SCT championship game on Oct. 28 in Barnegat.


Central Jersey Group II

(2) Holmdel 1, (8) Wall 0 (OT)

Senior Julianna Kolbasovsky scored the golden goal 38 seconds into overtime and the Hornets beat the Crimson Knights to claim their third sectional championship in the last eight seasons and first since winning the second of two straight in 2015.

Holmdel dominated possession and created the bulk of the game's chances during regulation and finally made its play pay off on the first chance of extra time. Kolbasovsky received the ball and carried it to the top of the 18-yard box and fired a low shot that skipped just before reaching Wall goalkeeper Nelly Bianchi, bounced over her outstretched arms and into the lower left of the goal for the game-winner.

Two near misses in the middle of the second half added to Holmdel's frustration, beginning with a finish by senior Katie Vassilakos that was disallowed because of offsides. Less than two minutes later, Kolbasovsky slid a shot that hit the right post after it barely eluded the sliding attempt of Hornets senior striker Taylor Bielan trying to finish it off.

Holmdel advances to the Group II semifinal Wednesday, when the Hornets will travel to play at South Jersey Group II champion Haddonfield.


Central Jersey Group I

(2) Shore 3, (4) Point Beach 0

Clara Ford got the Blue Devils rolling with a goal in the first half and Mia Agresti and Lauren Saponaro each added one early in the second to carry Shore past the Garnet Gulls for their 10th straight NJSIAA sectional championship.

After Ford's goal staked the Blue Devils to a 1-0 halftime lead, Agresti extended it to 2-0 with a penalty kick in the 46th minute. Four minutes later, Saponaro made it 3-0.

Shore will look to get back to the Group I final for the eighth time in 10 years Wednesday, when it travels to play South Jersey Group I champion Schalick in the Group I semifinals.


South Jersey Group IV

(1) Toms River North 6, (11) Gloucester Tech 1


South Jersey Non-Public A

(1) Red Bank Catholic 2, (3) St. John Vianney 1

Junior Devyn Drusjack scored the game-winning goal in the 68th minute by following up her own miss and the Caseys rallied from an early one-goal deficit to topple the Lancers and reach the South Non-Public A championship game Sunday at Kean University against Immaculate Heart Academy.

Drusjack received the ball with daylight in front of her, set up a one-on-one chance against goalkeeper Kelsea Nolen and fired a shot that Nolan saved. The ball, however, came right back to Drusjack and she put it right back on frame, this time finding the back of the net.

RBC drew even in the 60th minute with a pretty four-player sequence. Sophomore Ashley Inacio dribbled past a defender and got the ball to junior Gianna Romeo, who played it wide toward senior Morgan Cupo. Cupo tracked it down and crossed the ball to a wide-open Mya King, who converted the easy finish to level the game at 1-1.

Cupo nearly tied the game seven minutes into the second half when she one-timed a long ball from Romeo off the right post and past Nolen, but the ball never quite crossed the end-line to give RBC its first goal.

St. John Vianney came out strong and got its goal in the 12th minute, with senior Ally Oauno crossing the ball to freshman Milani Thompson for the finish and a 1-0 lead.


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