Freshman Kennis picks good time for first goal

Freshman Jake Kennis found the right time to score this first career goal as he had the game-winning goal with 27 seconds left as the Freehold Township boys soccer team defeated visiting Manalapan, 2-1, in a Class A North game Thursday afternoon.

Manalapan sophomore Ryan Hammer gave the Braves (2-7-2, 2-6-2) a 1-0 lead with his goal at 12:00.

However, the Patriots (8-2-1, 7-2-1) then scored two unanswered goals starting with senior Nick Costelloe’s goal at 55:00. On Costelloe’s goal, a free kick was played into the box and senior Vinny Puglia headed the ball to the far post to a waiting Costelloe, who kicked it in for the tying goal.

On Kennis’ game-winning shot, K.B. Clark shot the ball from the right side with his left foot to Kennis, who redirected the ball from about six yards out to the near post. Freehold Township goalie Brian Shushkovsky made five saves and Manalapan’s Matt Rosenberg made three saves.

MIDD. NORTH 2, HOWELL 1: Senior forward Georges Fiori passed the ball diagonally into the box and junior midfielder Pat Sweeney ran onto the ball and shot the ball into the lower left corner from about 15 yards out for the game-winning goal in the 87th minute as the Lions defeated the Rebels in a Class A North game.

Fiori had an unassisted goal in the 76th minute that tied the game at 1-1. Howell senior forward Kevin Campfield scored an unassisted goal at 20:00 to give the Rebels a 1-0 lead.

MIDD. SOUTH 2, CBA 1: Senior midfielder Kevin Monaghan drilled a penalty kick to the upper right corner in the 46th minute, senior defender Joanthan Merges scored the insurance goal in the 60th minute and the Eagles (5-4-1, 5-4-1) outlasted the Colts (2-5-3, 2-5-3) in a Class A North contest.


MANCHESTER 6, LAKEWOOD 0: Haley Layton had one goal and three assists and Kendall Kiernan had one goal and two assists as the Hawks (3-5, 3-4) defeated the Piners (0-9, 0-8) in a Class B South game. Manchester’s Viona Richardson made four saves and Lakewood’s Kaitlyn Peltz made 25 saves.

POINT BORO 2, CENTRAL 1: Cailyn Rafi gave the Panthers (6-4-1, 5-2-1) a 1-0 lead at halftime scoring off a deflection shot from teammate Kiera O’Gorman against the Golden Eagles (7-2-1, 7-1-1) in a Class B South game. Alex Grippo added another goal in the second half and Rafi assisted to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead.

Brittany Oldehoff scored an unassisted goal for the Golden Eagles in the 42nd minute but her team fell short in a key divisional game.

JACKSON MEM. 2, LACEY 1: Kayla Molnar scored the game-winning goal in the 22nd minute to lead the Jaguars (7-5, 6-5) past the Lions (7-4, 5-3) in a Class A South game. Rianna Jackson scored one goal and had one assist in the win.

Lacey’s Rachel Brignola scored one goal, and Amanda Santoro had one assist.

KEYPORT 3, ST. ROSE 1: Sophomore forward Maria Cavallo had one goal and one assist, junior midfielder Taylor Sheridan had two assists and goalie Jenna Nicholl made six saves as the Red Raiders defeated the Purple Roses in a Class B Central game. St. Rose junior midfielder Marissa Mancusso scored at 13:00 and goalie Shannon Gilbert made three saves.


CENTRAL 3, BARNEGAT 0: On the Golden Eagles’ (10-0-1, 10-0-1) first goal, Amanda Carolan slotted the ball to Brittni Calleo, who kicked the ball into the right corner from about 20 yards out for a 1-0 lead at 7:45. Carolan would later assist Lizzy Kroon’s goal at 23:00 and Erin Trapp’s goal at 52:45. Barnegat’s Stephanie Kostka made 15 saves and Central used Lindsey Mahnken (12 saves) and Darian Lutz (three saves).

MIDD. SOUTH 1, SJ VIANNEY 0: Senior Bridget Skinner placed a through ball into the box for junior Morgan Dube, who collected in front of the net and shot it to the bottom left corner from five yards out for the game-winning goal at 31:10. Middletown South’s Lauren VanExter made 12 saves and St. John Vianney’s Laura Dramis made eight saves.


Freshman Meredith Schaeffer had one goal and one assist, junior Oti Laki had two assists, freshman Amanda Visco and sophomore Halley Cartas each had one goal as the Cougars (6-3-1, 5-3-1) defeated the Mustangs (3-6-1, 2-6-1) in a Class A North game.


MANCHESTER 2, BARNEGAT 1: The Hawks (9-2, 6-2) won the third game, 29-27, as they bested the host Bengals (7-5, 6-3) in Class B South.

Manchester coach Annette Simone said the serving of junior outside hitter Valerie Ortense keyed the win in the final game.

Manchester senior setter-outside hitter Michelle Cuthbert finished with four aces, three blocks, nine kills and 13 assists. Senior outside hitter Anevea Tinnery added four service points, eight digs and seven kills.

For Barnegat, junior middle blocker Sara Ridgeway had 15 kills, four aces and four blocks.




MANALAPAN 4, JACKSON MEMORIAL 1: The eighth-seeded Braves (11-2, 9-1) defeated the No. 9 Jaguars (8-5, 8-3) receiving singles victories from Keren Kromchenko (6-4, 6-3) and Francesca Marchese (6-3, 6-2) while the pairings of Meghana Gemelbrand and Meghana Gudla, as well as Lyndsie Katz and Asavari Phanse, swept doubles-play by marks of 7-5, 6-2 and 6-2, 6-3.


EASTERN 3, TR SOUTH 2: Despite the first-round defeat suffered by the Indians (12-3, 9-1), Toms River South did have a pair of bright spots as Courtney Russell and Linsey Parks earned singles victories by scores of 6-2, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-4.


WALL 5, RED BANK 0: The second-seeded Knights (13-1, 10-0) swept the opening round match from the No. 15 Bucs (4-9, 4-6) with three singles victories by Artemis Tapliga (6-1, 6-1), Emily Maier (6-1, 6-0), and Samantha Hulse (6-1, 6-2) as well as a pair of doubles wins by partners Amy Lutick and Amanda Harrold (7-5, 6-1) and the pairing of Megan Jarvis and Paige Balkovic (6-1, 7-5).

COLTS NECK 3.5, JACKSON LIBERTY 1.5: The No. 13 Cougars (6-5, 5-4) pulled a first-round upset of the fourth-seeded Lions (11-3, 10-1) as Gabby Roth earned a second singles victory by scores of 6-3 and 6-3, while Colts Neck swept doubles-play with victories from Mary Gana and Erin Walencyk (7-5, 6-2), as well as Tori Grassi and Jackie Finn (6-3, 7-6, 8-6).

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