Senior forward Arianna Ferraro led eight goal scorers with three goals and one assist as the No. 3 seed Manalapan girls soccer team toppled No. 14 seed North Brunswick, 10-0, in an NJSIAA Central Group IV first round game on Tuesday afternoon.
Sophomore forward Ariella Kaplan, senior midfielder Erin Rontondo and junior midfielder Olivia Connors each added one goal and two assists and junior goalies Ariel Kamen (one save) and Lauren Silvia combined for one save. The Braves (13-2-1) will host No. 6 seed Hillsborough on Thursday in a Central Group IV quarterfinal round game.
IN NJSIAA FIELD HOCKEY SEMIFINAL GAMES
Freehold Township 2, Rancocas Valley 0: Senior Marie Pietracatella and junior Renata Baute each scored a goal as the No. 4 seed Patriots (13-5-1) upset the top-seeded Red Devils (17-4) in Central Group IV action. Jessica Applegate assisted on Baute’s goal at 22:51 while Pietracatella scored at 16:23 and Darlene Benjamin had four saves. The Patriots, the defending Central Group IV champions, will try to win their second straight title against the Jackson Memorial/Monroe winner on Thursday.
Shore 7, A.L. Johnson 0: Jessica Welch had four goals while Lauren Maul, Kelsey O’Neill and Annie Deusch provided one goal each as the top-seeded Blue Devils (19-4) jumped out to a 3-0 halftime lead in the North 2 Group I game. Welch also had two assists, Deusch had three assists and Maul one assist. Shore will host No. 6 seed South Hunterdon in the sectional final on Thursday.
South Hunterdon 1, Henry Hudson 0: Carly Leary had the game-winning goal and Kate Shaffer assisted on the play as the No. 6 seed Eagles (12-8) upset the No. 2 seed Admirals (14-4-1) in a North 2 Group I game. South Hunterdon’s Giovanna Rubino had six saves and Henry Hudson’s Brea Carlstrom had eight saves.
Washington Township 4, Southern 0: Senior goalie Nicole Andriani made 10 saves as the No. 2 seed Rams (17-3) fell to the No. 3 seed Minutemen (17-2) in a South Group IV game.
IN NJSIAA GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
Rumson-Fair Haven 2, Cinnaminson 0: The 13th-seeded Bulldogs (14-9) were led by Olivia DeBonte’s five kills, six digs and four aces while Kyra Sourlis added 12 assists and two digs, Olivia Gomez added eight kills and Olivia Caruso added three kills and four aces.
NATIONAL HONORS FOR SHORE GIRLS SOCCER
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) recently announced that Shore Regional’s Girls’ Soccer Team won its High School Team Academic Award for the sixth straight year.
The NSCAA annually recognizes high school soccer programs that have excelled in the classroom, in addition to their performance on the field. The Shore Regional Girls Soccer team was one of 398 teams (150 boys, 248 girls) nationwide recognized for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2014-15 academic year. Among these programs are 51 schools receiving honors for both their boys’ and girls’ teams.
To qualify for this award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player’s GPA, then dividing by the number of players.
Howell boys lacrosse coach Anthony Bonjavanni announced via the team’s twitter account that senior defenseman C.J. Ayesh gave a verbal commitment to play for the University of Tampa.
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