Holmdel, Neptune, Manasquan, CBA Highlight Shore Conference in NJSIAA Boys Soccer Sectionals By John Sorce

Central, Group 1

The Shore Conference had two teams competing in the Central, Group 1 Tournament. No. 8 Point Beach defeated No. 9 Middlesex, 3-0, in the first round before falling to top-seeded Highland Park, 1-0, in the quarterfinals. Alex Atno, Ryan Brodeur and Francesco Crivelli scored for the Garnett Gulls in their first- round win and Ben Glass had two assists. No. 16 Henry Hudson was shut out by top-seeded Highland Park in the first round, 6-0.

 

Central, Group 2

The Shore Conference is represented by four teams in the Central, Group 2 Tournament, with two of them advancing to the sectional semifinals. No. 1 Holmdel shut out No. 16 Hillside in the first round, 8-0, before defeating No. 9 Robbinsville, 8-1, in the quarterfinals. Anthony Arena and Ryan Fergusen scored two goals each for the Hornets in the first round and Arena had two goals and two assists in the quarterfinals. No. 14 Shore Regional also advanced to the semifinals thanks to a 2-1 overtime upset of No. 3 Delaware Valley and a 1-0 overtime victory over No. 6 Raritan, who defeated No. 11 Monmouth Regional, 5-0, in the first round. Max Cameron scored the game-winning goal in overtime for Shore in the first round and Ryan Bongarzone scored in overtime in the victory over the Rockets. Nicholas Bavaro and Anthony Sparacino scored two goals each for Raritan in their opening-round win over the Falcons.

 

Central, Group 3

A whopping nine out of 16 teams in the Central, Group 3 Tournament hail from the Shore Conference, with four of them advancing to the semifinals. No. 1 Neptune defeated No. 16 Red Bank Regional, 6-1, in the first round before downing No. 9 Northern Burlington, 2-1, in the quarterfinals. Wilby Alfred scored four goals in the first round and two goals in the quarterfinals. No. 5 Colts Neck shut out No. 12 Brick Township, 3-0, in the first round before besting No. 4 Steinert, 1-0, in the quarterfinals. Brooks Condon, Paul Tepedino and David Tuschmann scored for the Cougars in the first round and Rudy Ramirez scored the lone goal in the quarterfinals. No. 3 Wall shut out No. 14 Middletown North and No. 11 Hopewell Valley on their road to the semifinals. Tagg Ancrum, Aidan Newbury and John Volpe scored for the Crimson Knights in the first round and Newbury and John Vaccaro scored in the quarterfinals. No. 2 Ocean Township topped No. 15 Nottingham, 4-1, and No. 10 Burlington Township, 3-0. Mark Mauro, Leonardo Montesinos, Erick Vasquez-Gonsalez, and Luke Yates scored in the first round, while Santieno Harding scored two goals in the quarterfinals. No. 7 Lakewood and No. 8 Freehold Boro both lost, 1-0, in the first round.

 

Central, Group 4

Four Shore Conference teams competed in the Central, Group 4 Tournament. No. 7 Freehold Township played No. 10 Marlboro in the first round and won, 4-0. A hat-trick from Zach Orrico led the way for the Patriots, who then played No. 2 South Brunswick to a 1-1 tie in the semifinals, but lost in penalty kicks. No. 9 Manalapan defeated No. 8 Monroe in the first round, 2-1, thanks to goals from Mike Kuver and James Besser, who also had an assist. The Braves were shut out, 6-0, by top-seeded Hunterdon Central in the quarterfinals. No. 14 Middletown South upset No. 3 Hillsborough, 2-1, in the first round before falling to No. 6 East Brunswick 4-0, in the quarterfinals. Matt Glynn and Alex Sigua scored for the Eagles in their first-round victory, and both were assisted by Jonathan Santos.

 

North 2, Group 3

No. 12 Matawan is the Shore Conference’s lone representative in the North, Group 3 Tournament, but they are making their presence count. The Huskies upset No. 5 Nutley, 1-0, in overtime thanks to a goal from Andre Wells, while Ryan Leonard score the game’s lone goal in a 1-0 triumph of No. 13 Summit in the quarterfinals.

 

South, Group 2

No. 4 Manasquan leads a trio of Shore Conference teams in the South, Group 2 Tournament. The Warriors recorded 2-0 shutouts in the first two rounds over No. 13 Haddon Heights and No. 5 Cinnaminson to advance to the semifinals against top-seeded Bordentown. Drew Greenblatt and Tommy Johnson scored in the first round and Rich Maloney and Edwin Osorio scored in the quarterfinals. No. 15 Barnegat lost, 7-1, in the first round to No. 2 Delran and No. 16 Point Boro fell just short against top-seeded Bordentown, 1-0.

 

South, Group 3

A quartet of teams represented the Shore Conference in the South, Group 3 Tournament, starting with No. 5 Lacey. The Lions celebrated a first-round victory over No. 12 Absegami, 2-1, before falling by that same score in the quarterfinals to No. 4 Seneca. Ian Byrne and Sean Moffitt scored for Lacey in its opening-round win. No. 9 Toms River East lost, 2-0, in the first round against No. 8 Moorestown. No. 6 Pinelands and No. 11 Toms River South played to a scoreless tie in regulation, with the Wildcats outscoring the Indians, 3-0, in penalty kicks. Pinelands then went onto upset No. 3 Mainland in the quarterfinals, 3-2, in overtime. Kieran Sundermann and Anthony Diaz scored in the second half to tie the game at two, and Dominic Dos Santos scored the game winner.

 

South, Group 4

No. 2 Jackson Memorial leads four Shore Conference teams in the South, Group 4 Tournament. The Jaguars used a trio of goals to shut out No. 15 Vineland in the first round before coming away with a 2-1 overtime win against No. 7 Kingsway in the quarterfinals. A pair of goals from Daniel Russo sparked Jackson Memorial in the first round, and he also scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the quarterfinals. No. 4 Southern lost, 1-0, in the first round to No. 13 Lenape. No. 5 Howell defeated No. 12 Rancocas Valley, 2-1, and No. 13 Lenape, 1-0, to advance to the semifinals against top-seeded Washington Township. No. 10 Toms River North fell in the first round to No. 7 Kingsway, 5-2.

 

South, Non-Public A

No. 1 Christian Brothers Academy gives the Shore Conference its third top overall seed in the sectionals. The Colts earned a first-round bye and defeated No. 8 Red Bank Catholic in the quarterfinals, 6-0, who defeated No. 9 Saint John Vianney, 2-1, in their first-round match. Two goals from Dominic Bellomo and one each from Joe Costa, Charlie Daly and Matt Tracy gave CBA its quarterfinal-round win, while Andrew Colannino and John Duffy scored for RBC in its first-round victory, with Alex Nichols getting a pair of assists. No. 6 Donovan Catholic earned a 3-0 first-round win over No. 11 Bishop Ahr before falling by that same score to No. 3 Notre Dame in the quarterfinals. Max Dalton, Brendan Ion and Robert Milutin scored for the Griffins in their opening-round victory.

 

South, Non-Public B

Two teams represented the Shore Conference in the South, Non-Public B Tournament, but No. 9 St. Rose made a big statement, as the Purple Roses defeated No. 9 Trenton Catholic, 3-0, in the opening round to advance to the quarterfinals, where they knocked off top-seeded Immaculata in a 1-0 thriller. Joey Blaes, Christian Bodine and Jake Dempsey scored for the Purple Roses in their first-round win. No. 10 Ranney lost, 2-0, in the first round to No. 7 Gloucester Catholic.

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