VOTE – Boys Soccer Player of the Week: Postseason Edition
The Shore Sports Network Boys Soccer Player of Week resumes with its postseason theme this week, with performances from the first two rounds of the NJSIAA Tournament shaping this week's batch of candidates.
Below are the top players from each of the Shore Conference's six divisions plus four wild cards -- two more than usual -- who are in the running for the award. Read about the accomplishments of all the nominees from the past week and vote for the player who should be recognized as overall Player of the Week.
Vote once every hour at the bottom of this post until the poll closes at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Class A North Player of the Week
Herman Colbert, Freehold Twp.
Colbert keeps delivering for Freehold Township and he just might be getting better with each week. During the first week of the NJSIAA Tournament, the Patriots senior kicked off his team’s run with a hat trick to rally Freehold Township to a 4-2 win over Hillsborough. Colbert then scored a goal and assisted another in a 3-1 win over East Brunswick in the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Miles Richardson, Marlboro; Max Rosen, Marlboro; Chris Orosio-Rodriguez, Howell; Nick Spisak, Howell; Eduardo Ribiero, Long Branch; Ryan Keegan, Freehold Twp.; Marcelo Mastriani, CBA
Class A Central Player of the Week
Michael Reid, Ocean
Reid showed up in both of Ocean’s wins and his big moment could not have come at a better time. With the final seconds of the second overtime ticking away during Thursday’s Central Jersey Group III quarterfinal vs. Brick Memorial, Reid made a run at the goal, settled a pass and blasted the game-winning goal into the net with three seconds showing on the game clock. The goal helped Ocean avoid penalty kicks and advance, which came after he scored a goal and an assist in a round-one win over Freehold Boro three days earlier.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Aidan Tisony, Ocean; Ethan Wallace, Monmouth; Brendan Worobel, Holmdel; Tommy Chyzowych, Holmdel; Alec Pentikis, Rumson-Fair Haven; Jacob Brown, Rumson-Fair Haven; Nick DiNapoli, Shore; Maxx Eichenbaum, Shore
Class A South Player of the Week
A.J. Emnace, Toms River North
Emnace has been on a postseason scoring spree since the start of the Shore Conference Tournament and has taken it to the next level in the state tournament. The senior forward opened the Central Jersey Group IV Tournament for Toms River North by scoring Toms River North’s first four goals in a 7-0 rout of Gloucester Tech. He then scored the first three in a 6-1 drubbing of Egg Harbor on the road. So, in summary, not only did Emnace scored seven goals in two games; he scored seven goals in two games, all before halftime.
Class A South Honorable Mention: Anden Johnson, Brick Memorial; Devon Costa, Toms River South; Jon Fitzgerald, Toms River South; Kenny Caruso, Toms River South
Class B North Player of the Week
David Tuschmann, Colts Neck
The 2021 season was a roller coaster for Tuschmann and Colts Neck, but when Tuschmann was on the field, the Cougars always knew what they were getting. The senior striker returned from an injury in time to get right for the state tournament and proceeded to score three goals and dish out an assist over two games last week. He scored two goals and assisted another in a wild 5-4 loss at top-seeded Hopewell Valley, nearly carrying the Cougars into the sectional semifinals with a big upset win that ended up a near miss.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Ernst Louisius, Neptune; Matt Lynch, Red Bank; Kyle Horowitz, Wall; Niko Cappelini, Colts Neck
Class B Central Player of the Week
Kyle Corrigan, St. Rose
St. Rose has been an offensive force through two rounds of the South Non-Public B Playoffs and Corrigan has been the star of the attack. He scored two goals in each of St. Roses’ two five-goal outbursts – one a 5-1 win over Trenton Catholic and the next over No. 1 seed Calvary Christian.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Josh Boyan, Point Beach; Diego Nieves, St. Rose; Jett Pacifico, Ranney; Matt Alexis, Ranney
Class B South Player of the Week
James Cahill, Pinelands
Last week was a tale of two games for Pinelands, but in both, the Wildcats played better as the game went on. In the first round, Pinelands exploded for six goals in the second half to win, 7-0, with Cahill going off for two goals and an assist. A bad start doomed Pinelands in a 4-2 loss to Cherry Hill West on Thursday, with the Lions storming out to a 3-0 lead. Pinelands kept fighting, with Cahill scoring one of the two goals in the loss.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Stephen DeMilio, Pinelands; Owen Edwards, Manchester; Muberaq Aderogba, Manchester; Jared Elliott, Point Boro
Chris Osorio-Rodriguez, Howell
Howell is in the Central Jersey Group IV semifinals as a No. 14 seed thanks to a defense that has not allowed a goal in two games, but also behind the strong midfield play and finishing ability of Osorio-Rodriguez and Howell’s army of forwards. In the penalty shootout win over Princeton, Osorio-Rodriguez was one of four Rebels to convert their kicks. In the next round at Marlboro, he jumpstarted a second-half outburst with a 25-yard free kick on the way to a 3-0 win.
Tommy Chyzowych, Holmdel
No team in the Shore Conference has allowed fewer goals than Holmdel and the Hornets showed why in two games last week. After beating A.L. Johnson, 2-0, in the opening round, Holmdel shut down two-time defending sectional champion Wall for 100 minutes. The only problem was the Hornets did not score either. Chyzowych was a towering force inside the 18-yard box throughout the game and even more imposing during the ensuing shootout. The Lehigh commit saved Wall’s second and third attempts, then buried the fifth and final Holmdel attempt to end the penalty round and send the Hornets to the sectional semifinals.
Jon Fitzgerald, Toms River South
Toms River South has had several heroes over the last three weeks, during which the Indians have won the first ever Shore Conference Coaches’ Cup and won two NJSIAA Tournament games. Last week, Fitzgerald was involved in several key plays, scoring a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over Triton, then doing the same in a dramatic 2-1 win over Seneca. In the quarterfinal win on Thursday, the junior scored the first goal and assisted the game-winning by Kenny Caruso with 1:14 left in the game.
Ernst Louisius, Neptune
Neptune advanced past the first round and entered halftime of Thursday’s semifinal at Steinert in position to move onto this week. Louisius scored the first of four goals in Monday’s win over Lakewood and scored two first-half goals at Steinert to stake the Scarlet Fliers to a 2-0 lead, but Steinert mounted a second-half comeback and escaped with a 3-2 win.