Amanda Carolan’s goal with eight minutes left in regulation, her second goal of the match, gave the host Central Regional girls soccer team a 2-1 win over Kingsway Regional on Friday in an NJSIAA South Group III semifinal.
According to Central’s fourth-year head coach Kristee Paknis, Central (15-3-1) has advanced to a girls soccer sectional championship match for the first time in its history. The Golden Eagles, the No. 2 seed, will host No. 4 seed Moorestown at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the South III final.
Carolan received a through ball from Brooke Myers, dribbled around a defender and fired a shot to the far post into the lower right corner from eight yards away.
Myers and Carolan teamed up for the match’s first goal in similar fashion 14:03 into the second half, except that Carolan’s shot came from 12 yards out.
The Dragons tied the match at 1-1 with 15:57 left in regulation.
Kingsway played much of the second half with 10 players after its goalkeeper was red-carded early in the second half when the game was still scoreless.
IN OTHER NJSIAA GIRLS SOCCER:
MATER DEI 5, OUR LADY OF MERCY 0: Lindsey Florio had two goals and one assist and Julia McCarthy and Erin Shaw had one goal and one assist as the fourth-seeded Seraphs (11-6-3) defeated top-seeded Our Lady of Mercy (17-2-1) in a Non-Public South B semifinal.
ST. ROSE 2, WARDLAW-HARTRIDGE 1: Junior forward Lauren Gates controlled a rebound off a rocket from outside the 18 and sent the game-winning goal to the back of the net at 55:25 as the third-seeded Purple Roses (13-5-2) moved past the No. 2 Rams (15-5) in the Non-Public South B semifinals.
IN NJSIAA BOYS SOCCER:
HOLMDEL 3, DELRAN 1: Eric Bulvid scored the go-ahead goal late in the second half leading the second-seeded Hornets over the third-seeded Bears in a Central Group II semifinal.
Jason Kyriacou put the game away a minute later with the third goal of the game for the Hornets off an assist from Zach Bond. The Hornets will host fifth-seeded Long Branch for the Central Group II title.
JACKSON MEM. 3, HUNT. CENTRAL 2: Senior center-halfback Matthew Fryc’s goal with 7:07 left in regulation, his second goal of the match, capped a rally from a 2-1 halftime deficit and gave the No. 1 seed Jaguars (23-1) the win over the No. 4 Red Devils (14-5-2) in a Central Group IV semifinal.
According to Jackson Memorial’s eighth-year head coach Steven Bado, a former Jaguars player, it is the first time Jackson Memorial has advanced to a sectional championship match since 2002, when it lost to Shawnee on penalty kicks in a South Group IV final.
Bado said the Jaguars have not won a sectional championship since 1990, when the team, led by Rob Johnson and coached by Mike Costa, won the Group IV state championship. Bado was on that team.
Jackson Memorial will host No. 6 Monroe at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the Central Group IV championship match.
Ryan Young set up Fryc’s goal when he took an indirect kick from 30 yards away on the left side. Fryc ran onto the ball at the right post and slid the ball into the goal from six yards away for his 20th goal of the season.
Junior forward Anthony Mandola tied the match 9:47 into the second half when he headed in a throw-in from Tom Denoville into the upper left corner for his 13th goal of the season.
IN GIRLS VOLLEYBALL:
Marlboro senior outside hitter Jet Manzi signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Lafayette.
Manzi this year notched 304 kills, 11 blocks, 110 digs, one assist, 131 service points and 112 aces.
IN FIELD HOCKEY
Holmdel’s Gianna Moglino has committed to playing for Montclair State University’s field hockey team next fall, according to her father Lou Moglino. Moglino was her team’s leading scorer this season with 18 goals and five assists. Moglino will finish her scholastic career with 30 goals and 18 assists for 78 points.
IN BOYS LACROSSE:
Rumson Fair-Haven seniors Mike Clarke (Vermont) and Conor Walsh (Fairfield) have signed National Letters of Intent.
IN GIRLS LACROSSE:
Rumson seniors Kelsey Cuje (Rutgers), Annie Gilbertson (Bucknell) and Emily Knapp (Colorado-Boulder) have signed National Letters of Intent.