2023 Shore Sports Network Girls Soccer All-Freshman Team, presented by Brielle Orthopedic
2023 Shore Sports Network Girls Soccer All-Freshman Team
Freshman Player of the Year: Makenzie Memmolo, Howell
Memmolo wasted no time making a name for herself in her rookie season at Howell, scoring the team's first four goals of the season -- all against top ten teams. One of her biggest goals came against St. John Vianney in overtime to give Howell its first win of the season after starting 0-3. The impact Memmolo had this season helped the Rebels make the Shore Conference Tournament final for the second straight season. She finished her freshman campaign with a team-high 12 goals and seven assists.
"I am excited for Makenzie and proud to have coached her," Howell head coach Miguel Arroyo said. "She made a huge impact on our team and scored some big goals in big games."
Jordyn Bauer; Marlboro (6 Shutouts) - Bauer was named the starting goalie to start the season and was a big reason Marlboro got off to a fast start, winning their first four games. She posted six shutouts on the season, including two during the postseason. Bauer's biggest moment came in the opening round of Central Jersey Group 4 sectional when she saved a penalty-kick to keep the game tied 0-0. Marlboro would go on to win the game, 1-0.
Honorable Mention: Natalie Clifford, Holmdel
Samantha Price, Manasquan - Price earned a starting spot at center back for one of the strongest back-lines in the Shore Conference. Manasquan's back-line played calm and composed and Price was no different, even as a freshman. Price took her game to the next level during the Shore Conference Tournament, making several game-saving plays getting to a ball that was on its way into the net.
Grace Greene, Trinity Hall (1 A) - Greene is another talented freshman who earned her coach's trust to start every game at center back. She helped Trinity Hall only concede three goals during the regular season and make it to the South Jersey Non-Public A Final for the first time in school history. One of her best performances was against Red Bank Catholic in the SJ Non-Public A. She helped Trinity Hall shutout RBC and give the Monarchs their first victory in the school's history against the Caseys.
Kaitlyn Ng, Holmdel (2 G) - Ng started every game for Holmdel on the back-line and made it difficult for forwards to get easy shots off on goal. Ng was a big reason Holmdel had a deep state playoff run despite a poor regular season. Holmdel only conceded three goals in Central Jersey Group 2 and as the No. 16 seed they defeated the No. 1 seed Spotswood and No. 8 Gov. Livingston. They fell to eventual CJG2 champion Wall 1-0, but Ng and the defense kept Holmdel in the game.
Samantha Mierzwiak, Red Bank Catholic (1 A) - Mierzwiak took over as starting center back in the first week of the season when senior Jyvanna Harris was injured and did not disappoint. She plays like an upperclassman with defensive awareness and an ability to play out of the back.
Honorable Mention: Olivia Forlenza, Toms River North (1 A)
Ava Knight, Toms River South (3 G, 1 A) - Knight was a Swiss Army knife this season for Toms River South, playing all over the field. The team gave her a lot of responsibility playing midfield and Knight used her skills to help control possession and create scoring chances for her teammates. TRS faced Point Beach in a must-win game to advance into the Shore Conference Tournament and Knight finished with a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory for TRS.
Lauren Kuhn, Toms River North (2 G, 6 A) - Kuhn started every game in the midfield for Toms River North this season. She has the IQ and play making ability like so many of the talented midfielders that graduated from TRN in years past. Kuhn helps make the forwards job easier with her ability to create scoring chances with her footwork and passing.
Payton Cox, Red Bank Catholic (9 G, 1 A) - Cox had one of the biggest impacts of any freshman on any team. She came off the bench for majority of the season and was able to provide a spark for the Casey's offense, scoring nine goals on the year. Her ability to play up top and in the midfield gave coach George Black options with the line-up.
Madison Fagliarone, Jackson Memorial (4 G, 4 A) - Fagliarone was part of Jackson Memorial's talented freshman class and earned a starting spot right away. She caused problems for defenders with her size and speed getting outside and down the field. One of her biggest moments was her game-winning assist against Colts Neck in the Shore Conference Tournament group game.
Honorable Mention: Leah DiCillo, Central Regional (2 G, 1 A)
Megan Farrell, Wall (7 G, 5 A) - Farrell was a spark plug coming off the bench for Wall all season. She has the speed and the footwork to get by defenders and create scoring chances for herself and her teammates.
Mia Fiorentino, Ocean (14 G, 9 A) - Fiorentino started the season off by making an impact opening day and it just continued to improve as the season rolled along. On opening day, she had an assist in a 2-1 upset victory over Rumson-Fair Haven. Her season highlight was scoring four goals in a 4-0 victory over Red Bank Regional.
Madeline Nolan, Manchester (10 G, 3 A) - Nolan led Manchester in scoring this season with 10 goals. She went on an impressive run scoring six goals in five straight games to help Manchester reach the Shore Conference Coaches Cup Semifinals.
Adriana Ramirez, Long Branch (20 G) - Ramirez made the record books for Long Branch, scoring the most goals as a freshman in school history. She caused problems all season with her ability to turn her speed on to beat defenders and find the back of the net.
Honorable Mention: Mia Thompson, Point Pleasant Boro (7 G, 3 A)