Kylie Berko scored off an assist from Jada Foster at the 3:52 mark of the first half and it stood as the game-winner as the Franklin High School field hockey team used a staunch defensive effort to upset South Brunswick in the opening round of the NJSIAA North 2 Group IV Tournament on Thursday afternoon in Monmouth Junction.
The victory is the first in state tournament play for Franklin under coach Pat Cullen, who’s guided the club since 2001. The Warriors (7-11) were winless in 2010 and won just three games last season.
Fullback Nicole Singares provided a goal line save in the second half, and goalie Janelle Melecio, who recorded 10 saves, stopped a second-half penalty stroke in the triumph.
Franklin will visit third-seeded Montgomery in Tuesday’s sectional quarterfinals.
Liz Ruderman made seven saves for the Vikings (9-10).
North 2 Group IV
Hillsborough 4, Monroe 0: Taylor Lavan stopped nine shots for eighth-seeded Monroe (9-10-1).
WW-P South 6, Piscataway 0: Hannah Isaacs made 11 saves for No. 13-seeded Piscataway (3-16).
WW-P North 5, Old Bridge 1: Laura Santoro scored off an assist from Kristen Failla, while Vic D’Ambrosio made 10 saves for No. 10-seeded Old Bridge (4-13-1).
South River 1, Spotswood 0: Feli Csombok scored a second-half goal, while Getsemani Lopez made 11 saves to lead South River (15-2-2). Ryan McLaughlin made 14 saves for Spotswood (13-5-2).
South Plainfield 1, Metuchen 1: Josue Cevallos assisted Taylor Born’s goal, while Kyle Dennis and Patrick Boyle combined to make seven saves for South Plainfield (6-7-7). Tom Costello scored a goal — Jake Lucas with the assist — and Joe Misdea and Ben O’Connell combined to make 13 saves for Metuchen (11-7-1).
Somerset Tech 4, East Brunswick Tech 2: Sergio Delgado and David Maratch scored goals — assists by Fredi Rivera and Luis Gomez — but Somerset Tech answered with four second-half goals after Tigers goalkeeper John Periera left with an injury.
Perth Amboy 7, Perth Amboy Tech 2: Gaston Medina (three goals, two assists), Sergio Flores (two goals, one assist) and Chris Gomez and Kelvyn Leon (two assists each) empowered Perth Amboy (8-9-2). Gonzalo Bazan and Alexis Reyes scored goals, while Mitchell Rendon made 12 saves for Perth Amboy Tech (15-5).
Wall 2, Old Bridge 1 (OT): The Knights fell to 9-10-1.
Prep B quarterfinals
Rutgers Prep 3, Wardlaw-Hartridge 2: Ryan Dennis deposited two goals and Antonio Arce netted another to power third-seeded Rutgers Prep (8-10) into Tuesday’s semifinals against second-seeded Newark Academy. Wardlaw-Hartridge scored a second-half goal and fell to 4-11-2.
Monroe 1, Metuchen 0: Ashley Bautista scored four minutes into the second over time and Monroe (5-11) claimed victory on senior night. Erica Junquet made 10 saves for the Falcons, while Katie Murphy stopped nine shots for Metuchen (16-2-1).
2, Ridge 2: Senior Taylor Packwood scored two second-half goals as Franklin (8-8-1) erased a 2-0 halftime deficit to earn the draw.
Prep B quarterfinals
Beard 3, Rutgers Prep 0: Kendra Barat made 13 saves for seventh-seeded Rutgers Prep (2-9-1).