Senior striker Benji Osei scored a late winner in the 79th minute leading the Toms River South boys soccer team over Monsignor Donovan 3-2 in a nondivisional game on Saturday.
The Indians (1-1) who were with the wind in the second half, bombarded Griffin goalie Paul Kelly with shot after shot. Kelly kept his team in the game for most of the second half, but could not stop Osei’s shot from about six yards out with 20 seconds left in regulation.
The Griffins (1-1) took a 2-1 lead in the first half after a goal from Jake Maxwell. However, the game was quickly tied two minutes later on a set piece from Vinny Ignatowicz. Ignatowicz bent the ball from about 20 yards out around the wall to the far post to make it 2-2 late in the first half.
IN OTHER BOYS SOCCER GAMES
MANASQUAN 4, LAKEWOOD 1: Senior forward Dave Palangio scored two goals and senior midfielder Andrew Dayton put together three assists leading the Warriors (2-0) over the Piners (0-2) in a nondivisional game.
IN GIRLS SOCCER
MANASQUAN 6, LAKEWOOD 0: Courtney Hagaman recorded a hat trick in the first half of the Warriors’ (1-0) nondivisional victory over the Piners (0-2) and was backed by fellow sophomore forward Aubrey Jones who added a goal and two assists.
FREEHOLD TWP. 4, HOWELL 0: Natalie Savarino, Tiffany Cioffi, Tara Surick, and Cassidy Maugeri each put a goal passed the opposing keeper as the Patriots (1-0, 1-0) overtook the Rebels (0-1, 0-1) in this Class A North showdown. Madison Dunn acted as the offensive catalyst for Freehold Township dealing out assists on markers by both Cioffi and Surick, while Maria D’Amico offered the helper on Maugeri’s twine tickling effort.
COLTS NECK 3, MIDD. NORTH 0: Halley Cartas provided an offensive jolt for the Cougars (2-0, 2-0) netting a pair of goals in this Class A North victory over the Lions (0-2, 0-2). Bridgette King also found the back of the net off an assist from Oti Laki.
OCEAN 5, HOLMDEL 3: Taylor Racioppi’s goal and three assists helped the Spartans (2-0-1) march past the Hornets (1-1) in this nondivisional meeting as teammate Alex Pickett beat the keeper with a pair of goals of her own.
TR SOUTH 4, MON. DONOVAN 1: Taylor Troutman recorded a hat trick as the Indians (1-1) defeated the Griffins (1-1) in this nondivisional matchup.
IN GIRLS TENNIS
TR NORTH 3, EAST BRUNSWICK 2: Kendal Kauffman earned her 70th career singles victory at Moorestown Classic with a hard fought 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory as the Mariners (2-1) defeated the Bears (1-2) in this nonconference tournament meeting. Toms River North swept singles play as Jordan Vasarkovy earned a win by scores of 6-3 and 6-4, while Shannon Young led 2-1 before her opponent forfeited due to injury.
IN FIELD HOCKEY
TR SOUTH 3, JACKSON MEM. 0: Victoria Alvarez scored two goals to lead the Indians (1-0, 1-0) past the Jaguars (0-1, 0-1) in a Class A South game. Noelle Shirey added two assists.
Goalie Emily Novak made nine saves for the Indians.
BRICK 3, MANALAPAN 2: Rachel Hansen scored the game-winning goal in the 56th minute to lead the Dragons (2-0) over the Braves (1-1) in a tight nondivisional game. Karsyn Lukosius scored two goals and had one assist.
Sara Perkins scored two goals, and goalie Maria Lerner collected six saves for the Braves.