Girls Soccer – Six Shore Conference Teams Earn Sectional Titles
The NJSIAA Girls soccer tournament started out with 37 Shore Conference teams just over a week ago and after today the Shore Conference is now home to six NJSIAA Sectional Championships. Congratulations and good luck to Colts Neck, Freehold Township, Point Pleasant Borough, Shore Regional and Holmdel in the next Group Semi-Final rounds on Tuesday evening.
Central Jersey Group III
No. 1 Colts Neck 3, No. 3 Toms River East 0
Frankie Tagliaferri assisted goals by Bridgette King and Amanda Visco in the first eight minutes of the second half to break a scoreless deadlock and lead the unbeaten Cougars (22-0-1) past the Raiders (16-6-1) for their second straight sectional title.
After a scoreless first half, Tagliaferri served up a cross to King who buried her shot in the corner to put the Cougars up 1-0 three minutes into the second half. Tagliaferri then set up Visco for a header with a corner kick just five minutes later to make it 2-0.
The Cougars got an insurance goal when Nicole Loehle received a cross from Kara Camarco and buried it to make the score 3-0.
After capturing the Class B North, Shore Conference Tournament and Central Jersey Group III titles, the Cougars are now looking to capture the NJSIAA Group III title.
Next up, the Cougars will take on Toms River South on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Toms River North in the NJSIAA Group III Semifinals with the winner playing Saturday, Nov. 21 at Kean University at 3 p.m.
Central Jersey Group IV
No. 1 Freehold Township 3, No. 2 Hunterdon Central 2
Lacey Powell headed in a Nicole Whitley corner kick with 48 seconds left to cap a come-from-behind win for the Patriots (19-4-1) over the Red Devils for their first ever sectional championship.
Freehold Township trailed 2-0 at halftime but wasted little time in climbing back into the match. Nicole Sasso scored the firs of her two goals just a minute into the half off a corner kick from Whitley to cut the lead to 2-1.
The Colonials never took the foot off the gas the entire second half and kept the ball in the Hunterdon Central end for the first 25 minutes of the half. After narrowly missing on several opportunities, Freehold Township scored the equalizer with just over six minutes to go when Sasso knocked in a shot that slipped through the clutches of Hunterdon Central keeper Bristol Pizzuto and in.
Red Devils took a 2-0 lead to the half behind goals from Brie Pavol and Brianna Floyd just six minutes apart from one another.
Next up for Freehold Township will be Shawnee in the Group IV semifinals on Tuesday 11/17 at 5 p.m. at Summerfield Field Elementary School in Neptune with the winner advancing to the Group IV Championship on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Kean University.
South Jersey Group II
No. 2 Point Pleasant Boro 4, No. 8 West Deptford 3
Kait Seitter found the upper 90 from twenty yards out just 21 seconds into overtime to deliver the Panthers (19-2-1) their first sectional title since 2009.
Seitter and Devon Wondoleski each scored a pair of goals for Point Boro, which squandered a 3-0 lead before pulling out the win in extra time.
Point Boro got on the board first when Wondoleski scored in the 16h minute to put the Panthers up 1-0. Ten minutes later, Wondoleski scored her second of the game and 29th of the season when she converted a penalty kick after Sitter was taken down in the box.
Seitter took a pass from Wondoleski just two minutes into the second half and finished to give the Panthers a 3-0 lead.
Point Pleasant looked to be cruising to their Sectional title but West Deptford was not ready to give up without a fight. With 36 minutes remaining, West Deptford scored on a penalty kick to cut the lead to 3-1. Two minutes later, on a defensive miscue, they cut the Panthers' lead to 3-2. Then, with nine minutes to play and West Deptford pushing everyone up, they scored the equalizer off a header. Point Pleasant regrouped during the overtime intermission and Seitter shot the Panthers into the semifinals.
Next up for Point Pleasant Boro is Holmdel on Tuesday in the NJSIAA Group II semifinals at St. Augustines Prep at 7:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the NJSIAA Group II Championship at Kean University on Saturday Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m.
Central Jersey Group I
No. 1 Shore Regional 4, No. 2 Metuchen 0
The Blue Devils (19-4-1) remained an NJSIAA Group I fixture by earning their fourth straight sectional title with a victory over the Bulldogs.
Kate Stephens converted a rocket from 30 yards out to give Shore Regional a 1-0 halftime lead. Six minutes into the second half, Jessica Egan buried her penalty kick to put the Blue Devils up 2-0. Frankie McDonough added her 21st goal of the season to make it 3-0 and Devon McDonough finished off the Shore Regional scoring.
Next up for Shore Regional will be Haddon Heights in the Group I semifinals on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Haddonfield with the winner advancing to the Group I Championship on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Kean University.
South Jersey Group III
No. 4 Toms River South 3, No. 10 Seneca 2
Leah Canfield scored the golden goal with just 32 seconds left in the second overtime period - and until penalty kicks - to give the Indians (17-5) a thrilling win over the Golden Eagles for their second sectional title in three years and fourth overall.
Toms River South jumped out to a 2-1 halftime lead with goals from Tori Babcock and Madison Meise, Dani LeSaint scored for the Golden Eagles. Seneca tied the game up with 27 minutes remaining on a goal from Emily Meale.
Next up for Toms River South will be Colts Neck on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Toms River North in the NJSIAA Group III semifinals with the winner playing Saturday Nov. 21 at Kean University at 3 p.m.
Central Jersey Group II
No. 2 Holmdel 2, No. 1 Rumson-Fair Haven 2 (Holmdel wins 4-3 on penalty kicks)
Hannah Lee scored two regulation goals and Maggie Matthijs converted the game-winning kick in the shootout as the defending Group II champion Hornets (15-6-1) kept alive their title defense by outlasting the top-seeded Bulldogs (18-3-2) for their second straight sectional title.
Rumson got on the board first when Sofi Giglio scored off a set piece from Margot Ridgeway, and Hannah LoSavio scored the second goal of the half for the Bulldogs off an assist from Grace Forsyth.
Lee scored once in the first half and added her second of the game just 50 seconds into the second half to tie the game at 2.
The two Shore Conference Class A Central rivals would battle through regulation and double overtime, but needed penalty kicks to decide their third meeting of the season. Holmdel won it with successful kicks by Abbey Flynn, Gabby Bair, Cat Cirigliano, and Maggie Matthijs with the game-winner.
Rumson won both regular season meetings between the teams, the first 5-4 in overtime and the second 3-0.
Next up for Holmdel will be Point Pleasant Boro on Tuesday in the semifinals of NJSIAA Group II at St. Augustines Prep at 7:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to NJSIAA Group II Championship at Kean University on Saturday Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m.