Kelli Shapiro scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to lift the eighth-seeded Spartans (12-2-3) past the ninth-seeded Hornets (6-6) in the first round of the Shore Conference field hockey tournament on Tuesday afternoon.
Junior Karly Gabrysiak scored 7:51 into the first half with an assist from Shapiro to take an early lead for the Spartans. Senior Beth Bohny had an unassisted goal halfway through the first half for the Hornets to knot the game at 1.
Both teams battled in the second half with several scoring opportunities, but the strong defense on both sides forced the game to go into overtime.
Shapiro scored six minutes into the second overtime on a corner by Amanda Roskey as the Spartans came out with the victory to advance to the quarterfinals against Shore Regional on Saturday.
The Hornets outshot the Spartans 13-10 in the loss. Ocean’s goalie Sarah Kraeutler made five saves, and Holmdel’s Misha Nikoo made eight saves.
In other SCT field hockey games
SHORE 4, LONG BRANCH 0: Carol Middough scored three goals and had one assist leading the top-seeded Blue Devils (13-1) past the 16th-seeded Green Wave (11-6-1). Senior goalie Shannon Johnson completed the shutout with three saves. Green Wave’s goalkeeper Ana Frazao made 19 saves on 37 shot attempts by the Blue Devils.
SOUTHERN 6, KEYPORT 0: Arielle Galgano scored three straight goals to lead the fourth-seeded Rams (17-0) past the 13th-seeded Red Raiders (13-3). Elyse Broderick, AnneMarie Stango, and Kieran McBrien also scored for the Rams. Senior goalie Jenna Nicholl kept busy in the net making 19 saves for the Red Raiders.
FREEHOLD 4, TR SOUTH 1: Lauren Bock scored two goals and had one assist as the fifth-seeded Colonials (14-2) defeated the 12th-seeded Indians (12-4). Freshman Jessica Pianko added one goal and one assist. Noelle Shirey scored an unassisted goal in the 39th minute for the Indians.
In girls tennis
PINGRY SCHOOL 4.5, RED BANK CATHOLIC .5: The second-seeded Caseys (14-5) fell to the No. 1 Big Blue (14-0) in the NJSIAA South A championship match. The lone bright spot for the Caseys was Jenna Pellgrino, who tied Christina Cajkowsk 6-1, 2-6 (match called).
RANNEY SCHOOL 5, ST. ROSE 0: The Panthers (10-4, 8-0) won Shore Conference Class B Central, downing the Purple Roses. Ranney is in its first year in the Shore Conference. Junior Jiulia Diguglielmo keyed the win with a 7-6, (8-6), 6-4 victory at first singles.
JACKSON LIBERTY 3, DONOVAN 2: The Lions (14-4, 13-1) clinched a tie for the Class B South title with Barnegat with a victory over the Griffins. Andee Raible scored the winning point with a straight sets win at third singles.
TR NORTH 5, TR SOUTH 0: Kendal Kauffman won her 89th match to become the Mariners’ career wins leader as North bested the Indians in Class A South. She is 89-10 in four seasons, including 23-3 at first singles this year.
In girls volleyball
JACKSON LIBERTY 2, LAKEWOOD 0: The sixth-year Lions (14-4, 10-2) clinched the Class B South championship, downing the Piners (2-14, 1-9). It’s the Lions’ first division title in history. They have competed in the Shore Conferece for six seasons. For the Lions, senior middle blocker April Szymczyk had two aces and six kills. Junior libero Alex Ruffler notched six aces and four digs. Junior setter Kelly Lynk added four aces and nine assists.
SOUTHERN 2, BRICK MEMORIAL 0: The Rams (17-7, 11-0) clinched their 11th Class A South title in 11 seasons — the championship has been contested for 11 years — with a conquest of the Mustangs (7-10, 4-8). Junior right side-setter Carly Dellavalle keyed the win with 12 digs and 13 assists. Junior outside Emily Miglin added eight kills. Senior middle Kelsie Blue contributed three blocks.