The Mountains vs. The Seas in Girls Soccer Showcase
BASKING RIDGE – On Sunday, Sept. 23, seven teams from both the Skyland and Shore conferences squared off at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge in a girls soccer showcase and raised more than $40,000 for children and their families that are battling pediatric cancer. On behalf of Jersey Sporting News, thank you to all the schools that participated and raised money and awareness for this worthy cause – Shore Regional, Mount Saint Mary Academy, Middletown South, Watchung Hills, Toms River North, Ridge, Saint John Vianney, Somerville, Freehold Township, Hunterdon Central, Jackson Memorial, Bridgewater-Raritan, Red Bank Catholic and Pingry.
Shore Regional and Mount Saint Mary Academy got things off to a great start with both teams challenging each other back and forth for 80 minutes and forcing double overtime before Mount Saint Mary’s Emma Flood found the back of the net for the 1-0 win over the Blue Devils.
Saint John Vianney and Somerville played another thriller with Somerville holding off the Lancers for a 2-1 win with a bit of controversy surrounding the second goal as to whether or not the ball crossed the goal line before the Lancers defender cleared the ball away. Scoring for Somerville was Emily Cleary and Vanessa Leon, while Emily Ruane scored for SJV.
Middletown South and Watchung Hills played a highly competitive and physical game that was well officiated for both sides. Somerville would capitalize late to top the Eagles, 2-1. Scoring for Watchung Hills was Kelly Fitzgerald and Lindsay Wolf, while Emma Laudisi scored for Middletown South.
Freehold Township vs. Hunterdon Central was one of the more competitive games from start to finish with both teams showing great poise and counter attacks with Hunterdon holding off a late rally from the Patriots for the 2-1 win. Goals were scored by Lillian Gemma and Kylie Roesler for Hunterdon and Anna Priborkina for Freehold.
Red Bank Catholic and Pingry showcased the potent Caseys’ offense with Red Bank Catholic jumping on the board in the first three minutes of the game and never looked back on their way to a 5-1 win and the Shore Conference’s lone win of the day. Morgan Cupo (2), Caroline O’Connor, Juliana Rafaniello and Aubrey Silverman scored for RBC, while Olivia Volpe scored Pingry’s lone goal.
Toms River North and Ridge played to a 0-0 first half but then Ridge raced out to a 3-1 victory over the Mariners who struggled to get any offense going against the stingy Ridge defense. Scoring for Ridge were Bailey Aaron, Heather Cortese and Amanda Krest. Scoring the lone goal for North was Julia Fiorito.
Jackson Memorial and Bridgewater-Raritan pitted the final game of the day with Raritan getting on the board first and overpowering the Jaguars on their way to a 4-1 win. Scoring for Bridgewater-Raritan was Allison Lowrey (2), Gianna Minerva and Dara Tracy. Scoring for Jackson Memorial was Jessica Wanzor.
On this day, the Skyland Conference got the best of the Shore Conference with a record of 6-1, but the Shore Conference once again showed they can and will play with anyone. These same teams will face off again next season with the Skyland teams travel to the Jersey Shore.
Middletown North 3, Middletown South 1
In the Battle For Middletown, the Lions of Middletown North fell behind early to Middletown South before posting three second half goals with Darien Rinn leading the charge with a goal and assist and jump starting the Middletown North offense. Scoring for the Lions were Rinn, Emily McCarthy and Ashley Dietrich. Scoring for Middletown South was Lindsay Thompson.
Shore Regional 5, Rumson-Fair Haven 3
In a must win-game for both teams in A Central the two squads battled to a 2-2 draw at halftime before the Blue Devils offense took over for three second half goal en route to a 5-3 win over the Bulldogs. Scoring for Shore were Julia Eichenbaum (2), Frankie McDonough (2) and Meli Pekmezian. Scoring for
Rumson were Chase Boyle, Maisie Cade and Ellen Daly.
Saint Rose 5, Point Beach 0
In a battle for the division lead in B Central, the Purple Roses wasted no time taking a hold of this contest and put Beach away early and never looked back. Julianne Leskauskas continued her scoring for the season, posting a hat trick, along with scoring from Gabrielle Hueth and Caroline Caputo.