The Shore Conference Tournament will conclude on Oct. 31 with either No. 1 seed Colts Neck or No. 2 seed Freehold Townshipo winning the SCT title. There is also the chance that the SCT Final could end in a tie and that would mean those two schools would share the SCT title but that scenario hasn’t happeneded since 1995 when St. Rose and Brick Memorial finished in a scoreless tie. But for the purpose of this week’s rankings, those schools will occupy the top two spots in the top 10. So, let’s review the SCT and update our power rankings for girls soccer.
1. Colts Neck (17-0-1, 1st)
The No. 1 seed Cougars are still undefeated and have outscored their SCT opponents 10-1 in three SCT games thus far. They go into the SCT final as the favorites with a chance to win the first SCT title in school history.
2. Freehold Township (15-3-1, 6th)
The No. 2 seed Patriots have been the second best team in the Shore Conference all season long and proved it by making it to the SCT final. The last time the Patriots played in the SCT final was in 2011 when they defeated Wall, 1-0. The Patriots go into the SCT final as the underdogs but with the best chance of any other team in the Shore Conference to upset Colts Neck.
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3. Wall (14-5, 7th)
The Crimson Knights had the misfortune of having to play Colts Neck three times this season losing 4-3 in overtime and 1-0 in the regular season and then 2-0 in the SCT semifinals. The Crimson Knights get the nod over Rumson-Fair Haven, who also made the SCT final, because the Crimson Knights played better against the No. 1 team in the Shore Conference than the Bulldogs did against the No. 2 team in the Shore Conference.
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4. Rumson-Fair Haven (15-3-1, 4th)
The Bulldogs made the SCT semifinals as they defeated No. 11 seed Toms River East, 2-1, and No. 14 seed Jackson Memorial, 1-0. Rumson-Fair Haven lost to No. 2 seed Freehold Township, 5-0, in the SCT semifinals.
5. Manalapan (13-3, 2nd)
The No. 4 seed Braves defeated No. 13 seed Howell, 5-1, before losing to No. 5 seed Wall, 3-2, on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 3-3 tie after regulation and two overtimes. The Braves are the No. 3 seed in the NJSIAA Central IV bracket, which begins on Nov. 2.
6. Toms River South (13-5, NR)
The No. 9 seed Indians return to the APP top 10 this week after a solid run in the SCT tournament. Toms River South defeated No. 24 seed Barnegat, 7-0, then No. 8 seed Holmdel, 2-1, before losing to No. 1 seed Colts, 2-1, in overtime. That goal against Colts Neck was the first goal the Cougars have allowed since Oct. 6.
7. Shore (14-4-1, 10th)
The No. 7 seed Blue Devils defeated No. 10 seed Point Boro, 2-1, and then lost to No. 2 seed Freehold Township, 2-0. The Blue Devils are the No. 1 seed in the NJSIAA Central Group I bracket and they’ll try to make another run to the NJSIAA Group 1 championship game.
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8. Red Bank Catholic (12-7-2, NR)
The No. 15 seed Caseys defeated No. 18 seed Freehold, 4-1 and lost to No. 2 seed Freehold Township, 1-0. After the SCT loss, the Caseys beat Jackson Memorial, 2-1, in a nondivisional game. The Caseys are the No. 5 seed in the NJSIAA Non-Public South A bracket.
9. Jackson Memorial (11-8-1, NR)
The No. 14 seed Jaguars beat the odds and defeated No. 19 seed Central, 5-0, and No. 3 seed Toms River North 4-3 on penalty kicks to make it to the SCT Round of 16. The game with Toms River North was scoreless after 100 minutes of soccer. After the Toms River North win, the Jaguars lost to No. 6 seed Rumson-Fair Haven, 1-0. After losing in the SCT, the Jaguars lost, 2-1, to Red Bank Catholci in a nondivisional game.
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10. Toms River North (10-2-5, 3rd)
The No. 3 seed Mariners had a case of bad luck after getting a bye in the preliminary round of the SCT. Toms River North forged a scoreless tie with No. 14 seed Jackson Memorial after 100 minutes of soccer and eventually lost 4-3 via penalty kicks to end their SCT run. The Mariners are No. 4 seed in the NJSIAA South Group IV bracket and begin play in the NJSIAA Tournament on Nov. 2.
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Dropped out: No. 5 Howell (9-6), No. 8 St. John Vianney (12-6-1), No. 9 Holmdel (12-5).
Others receiving votes (in no particular order): Howell (9-6), St. John Vianney (12-6-1), Holmdel (12-5), Point Boro (15-2-1), Toms River East (13-5-1), Brick Memorial (10-6-3).
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