Wall tops Ocean in SCT field hockey overtime thriller

Wall tops Ocean in SCT field hockey overtime thriller


Wall tops Ocean in SCT field hockey overtime thriller


The Shore Conference Field Hockey Tournament quarterfinals Saturday were highlighted by a bout between divisional rivals as the fourth-seeded Wall played host to No. 5 seed Ocean and defeated the Spartans 2-1 in overtime.

Wall senior midfielder Nicole Kuerzi delivered the opening goal with an unassisted effort at 3:27, handing her team a lead that would hold up for more than 30 minutes.

Nearly eight minutes into the second half, Ocean’s Kelli Shapiro put home the game-tying-goal at 37:54 off an assist from Kelly Conway.

The score would remain knotted at 1-1 at the end of regulation. The tie was broken at 65:04 when Kuerzi struck again with the game-winning marker, pushing Wall into the semifinals.



FREEHOLD 1, HOLMDEL 0: Senior midfielder Katie Luchino provided all the offense Freehold would need with an unassisted game-winning-goal at 19:14 to lift the third-seeded Colonials over the No. 6 seed Hornets in this quarterfinal matchup.

Freehold’s Alyson LeBlanc stopped two shots to preserve the shutout while her counterpart, Misha Nikoo, turned away six shots on goal.


Second Round

TR NORTH 2, RED BANK 2: Toms River North’s Sal Turelli scored successive goals in the 54th and 56th minutes of regulation, but Red Bank would answer with consecutive markers by Sam MacPherson and Justin Gilson in the 68th and 72nd minutes, respectively.

After a scoreless overtime period, the fourth-seeded Mariners would deposit a pair of penalty kicks to move past the No. 20-seeded Bucs and earn a quarterfinal meeting with defending Shore Conference Tournament champion Ocean on Tuesday.

OCEAN 2, TR SOUTH 0: Ocean senior midfielder Justin Silverberg converted on a penalty kick in the fifth minute, while Toms River South’s Jared Knowles netted the game-tying goal in the 22nd minute, setting up Wadneson Alexis’ game-winning marker in the 89th minute of overtime as the fifth-seeded Spartans edged out the No. 12-seeded Indians in this second-round bout.

Ocean’s George Karavakas provided the primary assist on Alexis’ game-winner. Chris Seager stopped 10 shots to earn the victory in net while his counterpart, Kollin White, turned away 15 shots.

JACKSON MEMORIAL 1, LACEY 1 (Jackson advances on penalty kicks): After Eric Reitmeyer headed in the game’s opening goal in the 26th minute and Jackson Memorial’s Bryce Procida answered in the 75th minute, the seventh-seeded Jaguars edged out the No. 10 seeded Lions 11-10 in penalty kicks to earn a quarterfinal matchup with second-seeded Holmdel on Tuesday.

HOLMDEL 3, TR EAST 2 (OT): Holmdel’s freshman midfielder Bredan Wall dealt out a pair of assists on successive first-half goals by Eric D’Aleo and Jack Flannagan before Toms River East’s Lorenzo Scala and an own goal sent the match into overtime.

Andrew McStay entered off the bench for Holmdel and scored the golden goal with 27 seconds remaining in that overtime period to lift the Hornets (14-1-1) past the Raiders (7-7-1) in this second-round meeting.

COLTS NECK 2, FREEHOLD TWP. 0: Colts Neck’s Tom DiBella and Brian Knauff provided all the offense needed in this second-round meeting as the ninth-seeded Cougars ran past the No. 8 Patriots.

Colts Necks’ Dominic Ricci and Brian Winderman each dealt out primary assist while Lex Smith turned away four shots to preserve the shutout victory. Colts Neck will meet top-seeded Manalapan in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

MANALAPAN 2, RARITAN 0: Manalapan’s Adam Weisberger and Ryan Hammer each scored a goal, while Rocky Garretson and Mitch Volis provided primary assists, as the top-seeded Braves ran past the No. 16-seeded Rockets in this Round of 16 meeting.

The Braves’ Ethan Siegel stopped five shots to record the shutout.

WALL 1, CBA 0: Wall’s Joe Tashjy chipped a ball off a free kick toward the opposition’s goal and teammate Brendan Barcas used his head to put home the eventual game-winning goal in the 74th minute of regulation as the 11th-seeded Knights earned the upset over the No. 6-seeded Colts in this Round of 16 meeting.

Wall’s Jack Wishart stopped three shots to preserve the victory.


First Round

RB CATHOLIC 1, HOWELL 0: Liz Thoresen gave Red Bank Catholic a lead with a goal in the 21st minute of regulation off an assist by Amanada Cavallero. A seven-save performance by sophomore keeper Jacqueline Robinson allowed the lone goal to stand up as the sixth-seeded Caseys (15-2-1) moved past the No. 11-seeded Rebels (9-4-2) in this first-round meeting.

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