Here are the Shore Conference three must-see games for the week of September 28 to October 3
Monday, Sep. 28 – Howell (3-2, 2-2 in Class A North) at Freehold Township (5-0-1, 3-0-1 in Class A North). Since starting the season 1-2, the Rebels have won two straight games and they remain in the Class A North title hunt. The Rebels opened everyone’s eyes this season with a 2-1 win over Freehold on Sep. 16 as Rebecca Hamilton and Angela Sulfaro each had a goal and Erika DeSantis made five saves in that game. Now, comes another difficult task and that is trying to upset a solid Patriots squad that just battled Freehold to a 1-1 double overtime tie in an emotionally draining game that each team wanted to win badly. In that game, the Patriots’ struck first off a corner kick from Lacey Powell to the far post which led to Olivia Schwartz finishing to the lower left corner of the goal at 43:13. Last season, Freehold Township swept the regular season series. However, expect a very defensive game between the Patriots and the Rebels in this showdown.
Girls Soccer: Freehold Township and Freehold finish in draw
Tuesday, Sep. 29 – Toms River North (6-0-1, 4-0-1 in Class A South) at Toms River South (4-2, 4-1 in Class A South). The Mariners versus the Indians is probably the most heated rivalry in Shore Conference girls soccer by far. There is no love lost between the teams as this will be an intense battle for the bragging rights for Toms River. Last season, Toms River North and Toms River South tied 1-1 twice and a repeat of that isn’t unexpected. The Mariners have gone 2-0-1 against teams that were ranked in the APP top 10 at some point this season while the Indians have gone 0-1 against the one APP top 10 team they faced thus far this season. For the season, Toms River North’s Nikki Logan had three goals and eight assists and Krystal Hund had six goals and one assist while Toms River South’s Emily Donzanti had three goals and three assists and Alyia Canfield had four goals and one assist.
Thursday, Oct. 1 – Manasquan (4-2-1, 3-1 in Class A Central) at Rumson-Fair Haven (5-1-1, 4-0-1 in Class A Central). There is a crowd forming at the top of the Class A Central race with four teams in the mix and this game will help create some separation. Since starting the season 1-2-1, the Warriors have won three straight with victories over Monmouth, Raritan and St. John Vianney and have outscored their last three opponents 10-1. Manasquan’s Kirsten Barnes had three goals during this three-game winning streak. Rumson-Fair Haven has won three straight games and has outscored its opponents 15-4 during that three-game winning streak. For the season, the Bulldogs’ Grace Karagjozi had six goals and five assists and Grace Forsyth had six goals and four assists.
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