VOTE: Thrive Week 5 Shore Conference Girls Soccer Player of the Week
Each week, Shore Sports Network selects the top players in each Shore Conference girls 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 on 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.
Shore Sports Network Players of Week
Class A North
Camryn Szotak, SR. Middletown South - Szotak has played midfield and defense for Middletown South, but last week her defensive effort earned her Class A North Player of the Week. In the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament, Szotak had the task of covering No. 2 Freehold Township’s Ainlsey Moy and Cassidy Corcione. Early in the game she covered Moy, preventing the Patriots midfield from creating easy scoring chances. Later in the game she covered Corcione and kept her from scoring the equalizer to help Middletown South advance into the Shore Conference semifinals.
Class A Central
Aileen Carr, SR. Wall - Carr has been an anchor for the Wall defense the last four years, making it difficult for opposing forwards to get good shots inside the box. Last week, she led the Wall defense in shutting out Toms River North in the second round of the Shore Conference Tournament. In the quarterfinals, she forced Central Regional to take several shots from outside the box. She headed away countless balls in the air that got played into the box by Central Regional.
Class A South
Emma Harmon, SR. Central Regional - Harmon continues her MVP season into the Shore Conference Tournament. In the second round, she scored the game-winner in overtime to help Central Regional defeat Marlboro, 2-1. Earlier in the game, she assisted the first goal for the Golden Eagles. In the quarterfinals she scored her 17th goal of the season from 35 yards out to put Central Regional up, 1-0, in the first half. Earlier in the week, Harmon assisted both of Central Regional’s goals in a non-divisional victory against Rumson-Fair Haven.
Class B North
Rylie Rampone, SR. Manasquan - Rampone may have had the best week of her high school career. In the opening round game of the Shore Conference Tournament, she scored the equalizer late in the first half from about 35 yards out that went in the top corner of the goal. In the second round, she scored a similar goal against No. 1 Manalapan to help Manasquan upset the top seed. In the quarterfinals, she scored the game-winner on a header off a free kick taken by Renee Herbert to help Manasquan advance into the SCT semifinals for the first time in school history.
Class B Central
Isabelle Levy, SR. St. Rose - Levy posted her third shutout of the season in the second round of the Shore Coaches Cup. Levy has faced Freehold Boro’s offense two times in a span of a week. The first game, Levy made several difficult saves against St. Rose, but lost 1-0 on an own goal. In the rematch, she was able to keep the shutout to help St. Rose advance into the quarterfinal game against No. 3 Middletown North.
Class B South
Madeline Nolan, FR. Manchester - Nolan has scored in four consecutive games, two of them being Shore Coaches Cup Tournament games, to help Manchester advance into the semifinals of the tournament. Nolan scored the game-winner against Southern in a non-divisional game to start the week with a 1-0 victory. In the second round of the tournament, she scored the game-winner in the second half against Raritan in a 2-1 victory. In the quarterfinals, she had two goals and one assist to help Manchester defeat No. 1 seed Point Beach, 4-2.
Isabella Santucci, JR. Ocean Township - Santucci scored five goals in Ocean Township’s two Shore Coaches Cup games to help Ocean advance into the semifinals. In their second round game against Neptune she scored a hat trick, her second of the season. In the quarterfinals, Santucci scored two goals to help Ocean defeat Southern, 4-2, bringing her total up to 15 goals on the season.
Ava Bjorndahl, JR. Point Boro - Bjorndahl has helped Point Boro post 10 shutouts on the season, with the most important one coming in the second round of the Shore Conference Tournament. Bjorndahl kept Jackson Memorial scoreless for 100 minutes, making several point-blank saves and one-on-one saves. In the shootout, she made three saves in six rounds to secure the victory for Point Boro and advance into the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, she kept Manasquan scoreless until a penalty kick was awarded in the 68th minute. In her last 11 games, Bjorndahl has only given up three goals.