On Wednesday afternoon, the Jackson Memorial field hockey team notched an upset as the 10th-seeded Jaguars edged seventh-seeded Freehold Township, 1-0, in a Shore Conference Tournament first round game.
“We had a rough couple of games heading into this one,” explained Jackson’s second-year coach Jenna Blondina. “But the girls never got down and played pretty confidently. We’ve had some very good practices of late and since we played Freehold Township in the preseason, we knew what to expect. We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but we knew what to expect.”
Blondina, who saw the Jaguars (14-3) earn their first SCT victory under her tenure, credits her senior-laden team’s defense for allowing Kayla Skodmin’s penalty stroke conversion at 49:49 to stand up as the game-winning-goal.
“The defense played phenomenally today,” continued Blondina. “Kelsey Leibner has always been a consistent defensive player for us, but in the last few games, as the stakes have gotten higher, she’s risen to the occasion.”
Jackson’s Morgan Novak turned eight shots away to preserve the shutout while her counterpart, the Patriots’ (10-5) Lori Brennan equaled that amount.
With this victory the Jaguars have earned a quarterfinal meeting with No. 2 seed Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday.
IN OTHER SCT FIELD HOCKEY
HOLMDEL 6, MIDD. SOUTH 0: Holmdel’s Olivia Moglino scored four goals and assisted on another by Chelsea Covino as the sixth-seeded Hornets (9-3-2) flew past the No. 11 seed Eagles.
The Horents’ Cassidy Fontana added another marker while Keira Yonclas dealt out a pair of assists and Misha Nikoo stopped two shots to preserve the shutout. Holmdel will travel to No. 3 seed Freehold on Saturday.
RUMSON-FH 3, TR NORTH 0: Rumson sophomore Maggie Jennings scored a pair of goals while teammate Emily Babeuf added another as the second-seeded Bulldogs (15-0-1) ran past No. 15 seed Toms River North. The Bulldogs’ Megan Kane and Anna Babiak split time in net, the former stopping five shots and the latter turning away three to preserve the shutout. Rumson will play host to Jackson Memorial on Saturday.
FREEHOLD 7, SJ VIANNEY 1: Freehold’s Jessica Pianko scored two goals and assisted on another by Haley Meade, who dealt out three assists, as the third-seeded Colonials moved past the No. 14 seed Lancers. The Colonial’s Lauren Bock recorded a hat trick while Tori Tiefenthaler a goal and an assist, and Alyson LeBlanc stopped three shots to help preserve the victory.
OCEAN 2, RB CATHOLIC 0: Ocean’s Kelli Shapiro scored a second-half goal and assisted on the opening marker by Kelly Conway as the fifth-seeded Spartans (12-3-1, 9-2-1) marched past the No. 12 seed Caseys. The Spartans’ Sara Kraeutler stopped five shots to record the shutout. Ocean will travel to No. 4 Wall on Saturday.
IN SCT GIRLS SOCCER
ST. JOHN VIANNEY 2, SHORE 0: Sydney Cummings scored both of the goals for the Lancers (7-7-1) in their SCT first round victory over the Blue Devils (6-6-2). Cummings scored her first goal of the game in the 49th minute off an assist from Allie Ricci, and put one more in with under two minutes left in regulation off an assist from Tricia Ariciacona.
JACKSON MEMORIAL 5, POINT BEACH 0: Tori Ahde scored a goal and had two assists leading the Jaguars over the Garnet Gulls. Ahde scored the first goal of the game in the 7th minute, and assisted Brianna Robinson in the 49th minute of the game.
HOWELL 3, PINELANDS 1: Jessica Vigna had a goal and an assist leading the Rebels (9-3-2) over the Wildcats (10-7) in a SCT first round match up. Vigna scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick in the 45th minute, and also assisted Darian Marsh in the 63rd minute.
RUMSON-FH 1, MATER DEI 0: Rumson-Fair Haven freshman Grace Forsyth ran onto a cross from Schuyler DeBree and knocked in the game-winning-goal in the 81st minute of overtime to lift the 16th seeded Bulldogs (10-5-1) over the No. 17 Seraphs (9-3-2) in this first round meeting. The Bulldogs’ Samantha Beaudreault stopped seven shots to preserve the shutout while her counterpart Katie Viscardi turned away nine.
IN GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
WALL 2, LONG BRANCH 0: Wall’s Veronica Portelli notched six kills and eight aces and Jessica Stansfield added six kills as the Crimson Knights (16-2, 11-1) won the Class A North division title outright for the second straight year. For Long Branch (0-19, 0-12), Lizbeth Flores finished with seven digs. Fernanda Castro added three digs. Luiza Guazzellli and Natalie Lima each had two digs.
COLTS NECK 2, MARLBORO 1: Shannon Tice notched six aces, four digs and 10 kills and Caroline Harris had four digs, six kills and three assists as the Cougars (14-10, 8-4) denied the Mustangs (14-4, 10-2) a share of the Class A North title. Marlboro’s Haley Unger had 12 kills, five digs and three aces. Grace Kenningham added 10 kills and three digs and Teresa Dinh had 20 assists and three aces.