After two even opportunities of penalty kicks on Monday, Freehold’s senior keeper Sara Cobb lunged to her right and punched Manalapan’s third attempt away opening the door to victory in a Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinal.
Delaney Boyer and Cori Ahde responded with successive match-clinching conversions as the top-seeded Colonials (15-0) were able to outlast the No. 8 Braves (9-5-3) with a 4-2 edge in penalty kicks after the two teams played a scoreless match. Freehold will play fifth-seeded Red Bank Catholic in a semifinal.
Freehold’s Lindsay Cerio and Ashley Latona converted penalty kicks, as did Manalapan’s Jessica Donnelly and Erin O’Grady before Cobb’s stop, and a shot that missed high over the crossbar. Then Boyer and Ahde finished the job.
Cobb was pivotal in the first half, when she knocked away a pair of breakaway shots to preserve the scoreless tie. She finished with four saves in the game. Manalapan’s junior keeper Brianne Nealon stopped all 10 shots she faced.
ALSO IN SCT GIRLS SOCCER
FREEHOLD TWP. 0, WALL 0 (Freehold Twp. 5-3 on penalty kicks): Madison Dunn scored the game-winning penalty kick to lift the sixth-seeded Patriots (9-3-3) past the third-seeded Crimson Knights (14-4) to advance to the semifinals. Goalkeeper Hayley Pascoal made 13 saves including a blocked penalty kick taken by Wall’s Heather Arbachesky to give the Patriots the opportunity to win. Senior Madi Mitchell made 14 saves in the net for the Crimson Knights.
TOMS RIVER NORTH 2, BRICK MEM. 0: Jenna LoBello and Erika Pita each placed shots past the keeper in the second half as the second-seeded Mariners (15-1) overcame the No. 7 Mustangs (11-4-1) in a quarterfinal. Toms River North’s Alyssa Dell’Acqua stopped 10 shots to record her ninth shutout of the season and extened her streak of consecutive scoreless minutes in net to 390. Toms River North will face Freehold Township in a semifinal on Wednesday in Neptune
IN FIELD HOCKEY
HOLMDEL 5, JACKSON LIB. 0: Senior Gianna Moglino scored two goals and had one assist as the Hornets (7-6) defeated the Lions (9-7-2) in a nondivisonal game. Amanda Jones scored two goals in the second half to seal the win for the Hornets. Freshman Olivia Moglino and senior Beth Bohny each had one assist.
LACEY 2, MATAWAN 1: Rachel Scafuro scored the game-winning goal with under five minutes left in the game to lead the Lions (10-7-1) past the Huskies (7-11) in a nondivisional game. Alyssa Smialowitcz put Lacey on the scoreboard 6:12 into the first half to lead 1-0 at halftime, but Matawan’s Karleigh Komski tied the game halfway through the second half. Smialowitcz passed the ball in the middle of the circle, and Scafuro beat a defender to tap the ball in for the win. Matawan’s Jessica Michitsch made 11 saves in the loss.
RED BANK 6, LAKEWOOD 0: Catherine Murphy scored four goals to lead the Bucs (2-13) past the Piners (0-15) in a nondivisional game. Murphy scored two goals in each half. Liz Doherty contributed for the Bucs with a goal and an assist. Lakewood’s Kaitlin Peltz kept busy in the net, making 34 saves.