It was stroke of luck, according to Toms River East girls soccer coach Michael Nichol.
Tie game, collusion about 20 yards away from the goal, and the ball squirted away and eventually rolled into the net to give Toms River East a one-goal lead.
That fluke occurrence with 24:08 left ended up being the game-winning play as No. 10 Toms River East defeated host No. 8 Toms River South, 2-1, in a Class A
South game on Tuesday night.
With that win the Raiders (10-2-1, 9-2-1) took control of first place in Class A South with two division games to play.
“It is rare. I say 99 percent of the time the ball rolls perfectly just wide and you are standing on the sidelines thinking it is going to go in and it just goes wide,” Nichol said. “Luck was on our side with that one.”
That lucky goal was credited to Kylie Meola. She also had the Raiders first goal with 36:39 left in the first half to give Toms River East a 1-0 lead. Jillian Conklin assisted on the first Toms River East goal and Toms River East goalie Jordyn Ferone made six saves.
Toms River South evened the game (8-4, 8-3) with 15:27 left when Charly Slavick made a solid pass to Aliya Canfield, who then tapped it into the
left corner. Toms River South goalie Taylor Dean made eight saves.
IN OTHER GIRLS SOCCER
Manalapan 3, South Brunswick 0: Mya Donnelly had one goal, while Olivia Connors had two goals and one assist and Ariel Kamen made 10 saves as the Braves (9-1) toppled the Vikings (7-6) in a nonconference game. South Brunswick’s Sydney Schneider made 19 saves against 24 Manalapan shots.
IN GIRLS TENNIS
Shore 5, Haddon Twp. 0: The top-seeded Blue Devils captured its second consecutive Central Group I sectional championship on Tuesday, as Halah Davis (6-0, 6-0), Charlotte Roarty (6-1, 6-1), and Annie Ruoff (6-0, 6-1) each clinched singles points, while the top team of Anna Greenberg and Rachel Primavera (6-2, 6-4), and second pairing of Brianna McCarthy and Victoria Coles (6-1, 7-5) swept doubles competition.
Holmdel 4, Manasquan 1: The top-seeded Hornets (18-0) earned the Central Group II title with a victory over the Warriors (11-5) as the Alexandra Wojciak (6-3, 6-3) and Rita Vought (6-4, 6-0) won second and third singles decisions, respectively, while the top pairing of Emily Kong and Vicky Vought (6-0, 6-1) and second team of Natalie Cipriano and Jaimee Ratkoski (6-2, 6-2) swept doubles play. Brianne Lauria secured Manasquan lone point with a 4-6, 6-3, 11-9 first singles victory over Brianna Gibbs.
Gil St. Bernards 3, Ranney 2: A come-from-behind three-set win by the second doubles team of Lucy Dunn and Hannah Cohen gave the Knights the win over the Panthers in the Non-Public South B championship match.
Emma Nisbet (third singles) won by injury default and the first doubles team of Nikki Goldwert and Julianna Poupard rallied for a three-set win for Ranney’s wins.
IN GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
St. John Vianney 2, Keyport 0: Alyssa Reardon had three kills, three digs, three aces and 13 assists while Dani Jankauskas had five kills and five aces for the Lancers (21-1). Keyport’s Deneisha Davis had three blocks for the Red Raiders (1-12).
Red Bank Catholic 2, Rumson-Fair Haven 0: Red Bank Catholic’s Sara Benjamin had four kills, six digs, 17 assists and two aces, Amanda Murphy had 16 digs and Ava Zockoll had 12 kills and eight digs for the Caseys (15-5, 10-1) in the Class B North match. Rumson-Fair Haven’s Kyra Sourlis had six digs and 14 assists, Olivia DeBonte had seven kills and two digs and Erika Etkine three kills, six digs and two aces for the Bulldogs (11-5, 7-3).
Marlboro 2 Long Branch 0: Grace Kenningham had 14 kills and five digs, Teresa Dinh had 21 assists and two digs and Jessica Iacobellis had six kills for the Mustangs (12-4). Long Branch’s Donyea Curry had two kills and three blocks and Naila Emini had four blocks and two digs for the Green Wave (3-14).
IN FIELD HOCKEY
Jackson Liberty 1, Central 0: Gillian Vallaster scored the game-winning goal at 5:45 and Tayler Martini had the assist as the Lions (10-3) defeated the Golden Eagles (9-3-2) in a Class B South game. Jackson Liberty’s Katie Koehler had five saves and Central’s Brielle Calleo made three saves.
IN BOYS SOCCER
Jackson Memorial 3, Southern 0: Michael Schoener had a hat trick and Andrew Jenkins had one save as the Jaguars (9-4-1) defeated the Rams (3-10) in a Class A South game. Schoener scored at 25:24, 37:34 and 52:48 and Nicholas Kinzler made four saves while Southern’s Anthony Delagarza made 13 saves.
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