Somerset County Tournament semifinals
Hillsborough 2, Pingry 1: Hillsborough’s Zeke Realmonte scored off a feed from Eddie Nichta two minutes into the action before Andrew Patterson and Brandon Quiros hooked up for a second goal in the 52nd minute that proved to be just enough to lift the sixth-seedd Raiders in the Somerset County Tournament semifinals. Hillsborough (8-5-3) will appearance in the county final fora second straight year when they take on top-seeded Watchung Hills, 3 p.m. Saturday at Watchung Hills High School’s Tozier Field. Matt Mangini converted a feed from Louis Monteagudo with 24 minutes left to bring the second-seeded Big Blue (10-3-1) within hailing distance. However, Raiders keeper Brian Yaskowski held serve down the stretch. He finished with 12 saves and helped Hillsborough defeat Pingry for the first time in its program’s history dating back to its inception in 1980. “It’s hard to describe the feeling,” said Hillsborough coach Eric Puma. “I’m happy for the boys. It’s been 18 years for me, but more importantly they achieved something no other Hillsborough team has ever achieved.”
Union County Tournament quarterfinals
Scotch Plains-Fanwood 1, Union 0: In the 35th minute, Christian Zazzali tallied a goal with James Murphy assisting on the play and second-seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood prevailed in the Union County Tournament quarterfinals. The Raiders (11-3-1), who outshot the Farmers 14-3, will square off against third-seeded Westfield in Saturday’s semifinals at Kean University.
Westfield 1, Linden 0: Senior back Danny Kuhn’s penalty kick sailed low and right of Linden keeper Steven Ortiz, sneaking just inside the post and hitting the back of the net, 4 minutes, 16 seconds into the game, and that’s all the scoring third-seeded Westfield needed to prevail in the Union County Tournament quarterfinals. The Blue Devils (10-4) will face off with second-seeded Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the tournament’s semifinals Saturday at Kean University. Koryn Kraemer stopped four shots for Westfield, while Ortiz put a halt to 23 attempts on goal for the sixth-seeded Tigers (4-9-1).
Brearley 3, Governor Livingston 0: Phillip Costa posted one goal and one assist to help fifth-seeded Brearley build a 2-0 halftime lead en route to dispatching defending runner-up Governor Livingston from the tournament. The Highlanders (11-3) have now lost two straight after winning the previous 11. The unbeaten Bears (14-0) face top-seeded Elizabeth in Saturday’s semifinals at Kean University.
Elizabeth 3, Union Catholic 2: Brandon Barros-Dias and Laurence Abanilla each scored one goal to give sixteenth-seeded Union Catholic a 2-1 lead midway through the second half. But Andres Moncaleano scored the tied the game with a score in the final minute of regulation, and added another tally in the second overtime to foil the Vikings (8-7-1).
Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament quarterfinals
Newton 4, North Hunterdon 3: Jake Gutkowski’s second goal of the game coming with two minutes to play in regulation stood as the game-winner for 1B seed Newton (15-0-1) in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament quarterfinals. Logan Ventura’s goal four minutes into the second half, followed by a Matt Ferraro tally five minutes later brought 4A seed North Hunterdon back from a 3-1 deficit to level the score. The Braves needed just 18 minutes to open up a 2-0 lead before Nick McNiven found the back of the net in the 28th minute trimming the deficit for the Lions (8-6-1). Jon Scott stopped six shots in defeat.
Hunterdon Cenatral 3, North Warren 0: Three goals were scored in the second half — two by Stephen Collins and one by Matt Zampetti — and 1A Hunterdon Central powered past 5A North Warren in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament quarterfinals. The Red Devils (12-2-3) will meet 2B Lenape Valley in Saturday’s semifinals. Cameron Zell needed just two saves for the shutout.
J.F. Kennedy 0, Colonia 0: Derek Phells stopped eight shots for Colonia (6-7-2). J.F. Kennedy is 6-9-1.
Bishop Ahr 4, Middlesex 1: Dave Pastore scored two goals to lead Bishop Ahr (7-8) while Joe Korom scored the only Middlesex (8-9) goal.
North Brunswick 2, Spotswood 0: Tristan Jordan and Brian Cha each scored goals for North Brunswick (8-8-1). Matt Krause made 13 saves for Spotswood (10-6).
Hopewell Valley 4, Old Bridge 2: Joe Aldorasi scored a goal and Chris Botros made seven saves as Old Bridge (7-10) fell.
Bernards 8, Warren Hills 2: Danny Torres scored three goals, Josh Neptune netted two scores and Dan Paez notched one goal and two assists to fuel Bernards (13-1-1).
Immaculata 6, Rutgers Prep 2: Eric Boyer finished with three goals and one assist to pace Immaculata (7-4-1), which remained unbeaten for the fifth straight game. Ezer Brown and Ali Makhdoom scored one goal each for Rutgers Prep (5-5-2).