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Shore Conference Tournament


At Barnegat High School

No. 3 Toms River North 4, No. 2 Freehold Twp. 1

Senior A.J. Emnace scored two goals and senior Jared Brown added a goal and two assists to spark the Mariners (12-1-1) to a resounding win over the Patriots (13-3-1) to reach the SCT championship game for the first time since 2010.

Brown scored the first goal in the fourth minute, beating goalkeeper Giancarlo Pantano to a pass ahead from senior Jimmy Ruppe by sliding for a shot that rolled into the right corner of the goal.

Emnace then scored in the 17th minute by slamming a cross from senior Nico Gonzalez in from inside the six-yard box.

Brown, Emnace and Gonzalez all sat out of Toms River North's 0-0 draw with Freehold Township on Oct. 12 and all three made their presence felt within the first 17 minutes.

Freehold Township drew even in the 25th, when senior Josh Hocheiser slammed home a shot off a pass through the defense from senior Herman Colbert.

The Patriots made a serious push to score again, taking advantage of a strong wind blowing from west to east.

In the second half, Toms River North took full advantage of the same wind and put the game away. Emnace scored his second goal after Brown made a run and took an initial shot. Emnace knocked in the rebound in the 60th minute.

Toms River North capped the scoring in the 67th, with senior Mattia Assante finishing off a cross from Brown.

No. 1 CBA 1, No. 4 Manalapan 0

Senior Tiarnan King ripped a 25-yard shot off the left post and in for the game's lone goal and the Colts (16-1) fought off a challenge from the Braves (8-4-5) to reach the SCT championship game Thursday night against Toms River North at Barnegat High School.

Junior Will Thygeson carried the ball up the left side and played the ball squarely, witch King running onto it in the middle. The senior took one touch and hammered his shot past Manalapan sophomore goalkeeper Mateo Paolillo for his first varsity goal.

Paolillo made nine saves to keep Manalapan in the game, with the Braves playing a defense-heavy formation and conceding a 20-1 difference in shots.


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