Somerset County Tournament quarterfinals
Hillsborough 1, Bridgewater-Raritan 0 (OT): After Bridgewater-Raritan applied pressure in Hillsborough’s defensive third for the first two minutes of overtime, the Raiders were able to counter attack.
Zeke Realmonte corralled possession near midfield and was able to find Brian McEnroe, and McEnroe put the ball into the back of the net at the 2:45 mark sending No. 6 Hillsborough past No. 3 Bridgewater-Raritan in the quarterfinals of the Somerset County Tournament.
Brian Yaskowski made eight saves for the Raiders (6-5-1), including a clean denial of a penalty kick off the foot of Panthers’ Andrew Masur 15 minutes into the game.
With the victory, Hillsborough avenged and earlier season 1-0 defeat to Bridgewater-Raritan (6-8).
“We haven’t been able to take advantage of opportunities, and today we limited their chances and got a big performance out of (Yaskowski),” said Hillsborough coach Eric Puma. “That’s the difference. We try to be a stingy team defensively, and we’re still continuing to do that, but we’ve had trouble putting the ball into the back of the net. Today we finished our chance.”
The Raiders, who are the defending co-champions with Pingry, will in face the Big Blue in Saturday’s semifinals at Bugliari ’52 Memorial Field in Bernards Township.
Watchung Hills 3, Somerville 1: With the game locked in a scoreless tie all the way into the 60th minute, top-seeded Watchung Hills found the scoring spark it needed.
Ben Roth netted an unassisted goal in the 62nd minute, and Dan Fonsceca assisted Sam Aldouse less than six minutes later sending the Warriors past No. 8 Somerville in the SCT quarterfinals.
Watchung Hills (11-1-1) will play host to No. 4 Gill St. Bernard’s in the semifinals.
After Pioneers’ Prince Doku scored to trim his club’s deficit within 2-1 at the 73-minute mark, Abel Britez took a feed from Hans Hoffman and found the back of the net for the hosts to seal the victory.
Nick Nugent stopped 15 shots for the Pioneers (7-7-1).
Pingry 4, Montgomery 1: No. 2 Pingry received goals from four different players and rolled past No. 7 Montgomery to advance to the semifinals
Sean Carver finished with one goal and one assist, and teammates Reeve Carver, Jack Casey and Jamie Smith provided the other scores for the Big Blue (9-2-1), who’ll play host to No. 6 Hillsborough on Saturday.
Christian Lewandowski scored off of a corner inserted by Zach Epstein, and Kyle Ballinger stopped seven shots for the Cougars (7-5-2).
Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament first round
Hunterdon Central 8, Hopatcong 1: Jared Hernandez paced seven different goal scorers with two scores, and teammate Jackson Dewan posted one goal and one assist as No. 1A Hunterdon Central breezed past 8B Hopatcong in the first round of the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament.
The Red Devils (11-1-2), who outshot the Chiefs 18-3, will play host to 5A North Warren in Saturday’s quarterfinals.
North Hunterdon 3, Kittatinny 0: Matt Ferraro scored 15 seconds into the game, and Andrew Seitz and Luca Faschi added goals, as No. 4A North Hunterdon knocked off 5B Kittatinny.
Nick Eugenio made four saves for the Lions (6-5-1), who will face 1B Newton in the quarterfinals.
Wallkill Valley 1, Voorhees 0: Lukas Budzel scored a second-half goal, and teammate Jason McWilliams stopped 11 shots as No. 3B Wallkill Valley ousted 6A Voorhees (5-7-1) from the tournament.
Newton 6, Delaware Valley 0: Ryan Cronin posted three goals and one assist, and four teammates finished with multiple points for No. 1B Newton, which eliminated 8A Delaware Valley (2-10) from contention.
Union County Tournament first round
Union 2, Rahway 1 (9-8): Frank Mangano assisted Dylan Santos on the lone goal in regulation for No. 7-ranked Rahway (6-4-2). No. 10 Union ousted the Indians from the tournament via a 9-8 decision in penalty kicks.
Linden 8, Cranford 1: Brian Orellana posted two goals and one assist to lead sixth-seeded Linden past 11th-seeded Cranford.
Cesar Vasquez also scored twice in the triumph, while Henry Valderrama added one goal and an assist. Christian Pacheco stopped 15 shots for the Tigers (4-6-1), who’ll face third-seeded Westfield in the quarterfinals.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood 1, Westfield 0: Dave Valian assisted Justin Rodriquez for the game’s lone goal as Scotch Plains-Fanwood improved to 9-3-1. Westfield fell to 7-4.
South Plainfield 2, Edison 1: Kevin Casteblanco and Jose Guardado scored one goal each, and Kyle Dennis made 10 saves to lift South Plainfield (11-2-1). Nabil Boto scored one goal, and Dave Jordan turned aside eight shots for Edison (7-7).
East Brunswick 5, Piscataway 0: Ryan Corbett stopped 11 shots for Piscataway (1-9).
Monroe 2, South Brunswick 0: Justin Thompson posted one goal and one assist and teammate Hunter Merrick added one goal to power Monroe (7-5-1). Erich Kaiser stopped 10 shots for South Brunswick (8-4-1).
Perth Amboy 3, New Brunswick 2: Sergio Flores netted a pair of goals and Gaston Medina added one score to send Perth Amboy (7-7). Arturo Serrano posted one goal for New Brunswick (5-7-1).
St. Joseph 1, Middletown South 0: Chris Taraska scored a second-half goal, and Brenden Walsh stopped five shots for St. Joseph (5-6).
J.P. Stevens 3, Woodbridge 1: Anurag Dwivedi, Sid Hariharan and Jenish Patel each netted one goal to lift J.P. Stevens (11-2). Herbert Robles assisted Elden Elsayed on a goal for Woodbridge (1-14).
Sayreville 5, Colonia 2: Collins Aidoo scored a pair of goals and Matt Lasko notched one goal and one assist to launch Sayreville (6-8-1). Joel Concha and Kevin Orrego each scored one goal for Colonia (5-6-1).
South River 6, Bishop Ahr 5: Rolando Martinez finished with three goals and one assist and Paul Ponce contributed one goal and two assists to lead South River (10-4-1). Adrian Pietrzyk and Glauber Ferreira each scored one goal and added one assist for the Rams. Gerald Denby recorded a hat trick for Bishop Ahr (5-7).
North Brunswick 3, Old Bridge 1: Jared Rodgers scored two goals and Troy Chibbaro notched two assists to send North Brunswick (4-7-1). Nick Petrozziello netted a goal, and teammate Chris Botros stopped eight shots for Old Bridge (5-8).