Jesse McDonough showed Point Pleasant Beach why she will continue her soccer career at the NCAA Division I level.
The Shore Regional senior midfielder scored one goal and added two assists, leading the Blue Devils’ girls team past the Garnet Gulls, 3-1, in the NJSIAA Central Group I semifinals Thursday.
McDonough, who has verbally committed to play for Princeton, chose the Ivy League school over the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Clemson University and others, Shore coach George Moutis said.
McDonough fed Caldwell College-bound senior center-midfielder Caroline Slater for the go-ahead goal off a corner kick and a 2-1 lead at 67:30. Slater knocked the ball into the upper right corner of the net from short range. McDonough capped the scoring with an unassisted goal at 74:44.
The sixth-seeded Garnet Gulls (9-6-2) took a 1-0 lead 4:41 into the match on a goal by senior midfielder Nicole Meyer, assisted by junior forward Hailey Ray. The second-seeded Blue Devils (13-6-1) tied the match at 50:12 when freshman midfielder Shannon Bonner scored off an assist from McDonough.
The Blue Devils lost to Robbinsville, 2-1, in last year’s CJ II championship match.
MANASQUAN 3, POINT BORO 2 (OT) : Aubrey Jones scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lift the 14th-seeded Warriors (9-12-1) past the No. 7 Panthers (9-9-1) to advance to the Central Group II sectional final. Courtney Hagaman and Caroline Duerr each scored one goal for the Warriors. Kerry Malleck scored two goals and Bella Harter had one assist in the loss.
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LONG BRANCH 3, BORDENTOWN 1: Jon DaSilva, Sam Hernandez and Welke Galvao each scored to lead the Green Wave (15-4-1) past the Scotties (13-7-1) in the Central Group II semifinals. Wilson Bonilla had two assists and Elias Oliveira added another assist in the 40th minute to seal the win and goalie Thomas McGlennon made seven saves to advance the Green Wave to their first sectional final since 1997.