Soccer – Surf Taco Week 7 Boys and Girls Players of the Week: Logan Johnson and Emma Bruther
SSN Surf Taco Week 7 Boys Soccer Player of the Week
Logan Johnson, Pinelands
On Oct. 17, Pinelands clinched its third straight Class B South championship with a 2-1 win over Manchester in what was, essentially, a Class B South championship game. In the championship-clinching victory, Johnson scored what proved to be the game-winner – the fourth goal of the season for the converted goalkeeper.
Johnson was the sophomore starter in goal for the 2017 championship team, was replaced by current starter Gavin Harris during the middle of 2018 and emerged as a scoring threat as a senior this year. Johnson is the third Pinelands player to win the Player of the Week award, joining junior teammate Johnny Hart and girls standout Aileen Cahill. He will be awarded a $25 gift card to Surf Taco for winning the Week 7 contest.
SSN Surf Taco Week 7 Girls Soccer Player of the Week
Emma Bruther, Red Bank Catholic
The Caseys won their seventh Shore Conference Tournament title and first in six years behind a stable of standouts during the four-game run. Bruther was the hero in the championship game, assisting sophomore Morgan Cupo’s fifth goal of the tournament to open the scoring in the 28th minute and scoring one of her own five minutes later on a left-footed, side-netting strike from a difficult angle.
Bruther missed eight games because of a knee injury, which led to her being moved from the starting lineup to the first forward off the bench. Last year, Bruther did not play high school soccer in favor of academy soccer but opted to play for the Caseys this year and helped her team get back to the top of the Shore Conference. Bruther will also receive a $25 gift card to Surf Taco.