VOTE: Thrive Week 3 Boys Soccer Player of the Week
Each week, Shore Sports Network selects the top players in each Shore Conference boys soccer division and gives the Shore Conference fans a chance to vote for their pick as the overall Thrive Player of the Week.
Below are the Players of the Week from each of the six Shore Conference divisions, as well as two wild cards to push the list of nominees to eight players. Vote for the top performer in the poll at the bottom of the post and come back every hour to vote again. The poll closes Thursday at 10 p.m. and the winner will receive a shirt and a free training session, courtesy of Thrive.
Class A North Player of the Week
Tyler Pylarinos, Manalapan
Manalapan sewed up first place in Group 5 of the Shore Conference Tournament last week with two large scoring outputs. Pylarinos was at the center of both outbursts, scoring two goals in a 6-1 win over Brick Memorial, then did the same in a 5-0 rout of St. John Vianney.
Class A North Honorable Mention: Mike Pepe, Manalapan; Tommy Valinotti, Middletown North; Josiah Stepney, Middletown North; Ryan Cohen, Marlboro; Tye Maser, Howell; Yasine Isa, Marlboro; Christian DeOliveira, CBA; Dylan Millevoi, CBA; Paul Que, Middletown North; Lawrence Mancino, CBA
Class A Central Player of the Week
Jake Petillo, Wall
Since dropping a 3-1 decision to Raritan on Sept. 21, Wall has started a resurgence that included huge wins over St. John Vianney and Manasquan, plus a 5-4 loss at Holmdel in which the Crimson Knights nearly wiped out a three-goal deficit in the final two-plus minutes. Petillo had the magic touch for Wall last week, scoring four goals in the three games – including both scores in a 2-1 win over rival Manasquan.
Class A Central Honorable Mention: Sean Burnett, Raritan; Anthony Cano, Monmouth; David Weiner, Holmdel; Maxx Eichenbaum, Shore; Andrew Badalamenti, Raritan
Class A South Player of the Week
Aidan Donnelly, Southern
Southern continued its march toward the Class A South championship and a top-three seed in the Shore Conference Tournament last week with wins over Toms River East, Manalapan and Asbury Park. Donnelly posted a goal and an assist in the 2-0 win over Toms River East and scored two goals during a breakout second half by the Rams as part of their 4-1 win over Asbury Park on Saturday.
Class A South Honorable Mention: Kenny Caruso, Toms River South; Shaan Moon, Jackson Memorial; Tyler Korinchak, Jackson Memorial; Landon Amalfa, Brick Memorial; Landon Kavanaugh, Central; Kosta Papanikolas, Toms River North; Nick Prosperi, Southern; Keith Swistock, Central; Caden Langan, Toms River South
Class B North Player of the Week
Chris Garcia Lopez, Long Branch
With the week off from divisional play in Class B North, Long Branch faced two non-divisional tests and passed both with the help of Garcia Lopez’s standout play. The senior scored the game-tying goal at Rumson-Fair Haven in the 79th minute, then played teammate Wyatt Vicente open to set up the winning own goal. Lopez also scored another goal in a 2-0 win over North Hunterdon.
Class B North Honorable Mention: Wyatt Vicente, Long Branch; Noor Eraky, Ocean; Nick Sergio, Colts Neck; Kyle Moore, Colts Neck; Sean Moore, Colts Neck; Mike Pennachio, Freehold Boro
Class B Central Player of the Week
Jack Tiernan, St. Rose
St. Rose entered last week an unranked team in the Shore Sports Network Shore 16 and with what seemed to be a steep challenge in qualifying for the Shore Conference Tournament. The Purple Roses went on to dominate two high-profile opponents to win their SCT group and surge up to No. 11 in the conference rankings. Tiernan was a finisher for St. Rose last week, burying two goals in a 6-0 rout of Manasquan, then posting a goal and an assist in a 2-0 victory over Freehold Township – both group-play wins.
Class B Central Honorable Mention: Jack Harmon, St. Rose; Diego Nieves, St. Rose; Mason Boles, St. John Vianney; Dylan Gonzalez, Henry Hudson
Class B South Player of the Week
Joey Kurak, Manchester
The Hawks picked up their biggest win of the season last week – a 4-2 win over Point Boro that could be the result that pushes Manchester over the top in its quest for the program’s first Shore Conference division championship in 21 years. Kurak has been one of the Shore’s top threats all year and he stepped up in a big way vs. Point Boro with his second consecutive hat trick and seventh multi-goal game of the season.
Class B South Honorable Mention: Dan Eberlin, Pinelands; Aidan Clauburg, Manchester; Mateusz Zorba, Brick; Josh Boyle, Brick; Matt Sarfo, Pinelands
Christian DeOliveira, CBA
Not only is DeOliveira a central figure in one of the state’s best defenses; he can also score. Last week, the senior back notched a goal in each of CBA’s three wins: a 5-0 SCT group win over Jackson Liberty, a 6-0 Class A North win over Freehold Township and a hard-earned 2-1 win over Toms River North.
Sean Burnett, Raritan
Raritan opened a lot of eyes around the Shore Conference last week with a convincing 4-1 win over defending Central Jersey Group IV champion Freehold Township. Burnett was the scoring star of the match, tallying a hat trick by scoring Raritan’s last three goals. Burnett followed that performance with another goal in a 3-1 win over Red Bank.