NJSIAA state playoffs weekly roundup
Friday, November 11
Bernards 1, Madison 0
In Friday’s afternoon matchup, David Dominguez had the only goal for Bernards and helped his team defeat Madison, 1-0, in the North 2 Group 2 final round. Goalkeeper Sam Polito also had four saves for Bernards, which will face Newton Tuesday at 7:30 in the state semifinals.
Bridgewater-Raritan 1, Elizabeth 0
Zak Jones scored the only goal of the game seven minutes into overtime to give Bridgewater-Raritan the win against Elizabeth, 1-0. It was a solid effort for Elizabeth however with goalkeeper Deigo Quintero having nine saves. Bridgewater-Raritan will match up against Kearny in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 semifinals Tuesday night.
Kearny 1, Randolph 0
With an assist from Joao Parreiras, Almir Batista scored and gave Kearny the lead and 1-0 victory against Randolph Friday afternoon in the Group 4 sectional title game. Batista had his 25th goal of the season and tied a school record of 65 career goals. Goalkeeper Tyler Anderson also had seven saves for Kearny, giving the program its first sectional title since 2004.
East Brunswick 3, Steinert 1
East Brunswick came on strong Friday afternoon, scoring three goals in a five-minute span against Steinert. East Brunswick was able to maintain its lead and hold Steinert to only one goal. Chris Bradley and Nigel Joseph both had a goal and an assist to help East Brunswick end with a 20-0-2 record and win the championship title for Central, Group 4.
Thursday, November 10
Matawan 1, Freehold Borough 0
No. 4 Freehold Borough edged No. 7 Matawan, 1-0, and clinched the Central Group 3 girls soccer championship. The contest remained scoreless until late in the first half when Matawan's Rebecca Labinger buried a goal to forge a 1-0 lead. That would be all that Matawan needed to seal the victory as Karen David was strong in net throughout the game, preserving the shutout.
Madison 1, Parsippany 0
Madison’s only goal came when senior Catherine Zimmerman cut through the Parsippany defense in the second half and scored to give her team a 1-0 lead and eventual victory. Zimmerman’s 15th goal of the season gave Madison its first sectional title since 1987. Next for Madison, it will play Ramsey in the Group 2 semifinal next Tuesday.
Ridge 0, Bridgewater-Raritan 0
Steph Campo, Jenny Haskel and Elise Romano all scored on penalty kicks to give Ridge a 3-2 shootout victory over Bridgewater-Raritan yesterday in the North 2, Group 4 final after both teams played to a scoreless draw in regulation and in overtime in Basking Ridge. Campo gave Ridge the 3-2 edge in the shootout when a Bridgewater-Raritan penalty kick hit off the goalpost. Keeper Casey Murphy, who saved a penalty kick, converted one for Bridgewater. Caroline Survill also added one. Ridge has now won their 11th sectional crown and first since 2008, who advanced to face Montclair in the North 2, Group 4 state semifinals.
Ramsey 3, Glen Rock 2
Addie Jensen scored two goals and set up Lexi Knief for a score to lead Ramsey to a 3-2 victory in the North 1, Group 2 final in Glen Rock. Knief and Jeanne Pierro had assists for Ramsey, which avenged its only loss, a 1-0 loss to Glen Rock on Oct. 16. Grace Taylor supplied the goals for Glen Rock, scoring 2 goals in the loss. Ramsey claimed its fifth sectional crown and first since 2001.
Pingry 4, Immaculate Heart 0
Corey Delaney found a way to score twice for Pingry, who raced to a 4-0 win on the way to its first North Jersey, Non-Public A championship since 2006, in Little Falls. Alexis Chang and Shayna Blackwood each scored a goal for Pingry, which dominated an 11-2 edge in shots. Emily Damstrom and Maggie Morash each had an assist. Kassanda Nunez stopped four shots for Immaculate Heart, which won the last four section titles.
Freehold Boro 7, West Milford 0
Freehold Borough came out on top Thursday night in a match up against West Milford. Emily Wold scored three goals, Haley Meade scored twice, Lauren Bock and Katherine Luchino both had a goal a piece. Freehold Borough defeated West Milford 7-0 in the Group 3 state semifinals and will meet up against Moorestown in the Championship Sunday afternoon.
Tuesday, November 8
Moorestown 3, Wall 2
Moorestown defeats Wall in a double overtime finish to win the Central Jersey Group 3 Championship. Wall's Kelly O'Donnell had the only goal during the first half. Moorestown had an early goal in the second half to tie the game. Wall was able to pull ahead by Mary Cate Gallagher goal assisted by Nicole Kuerzi but Moorestown's Lex Massa was able to score and send the game into overtime. A scoreless overtime sent the game into double overtime where Moorestown's Sarah Powell was able to score the game winning goal beating Wall 3-2.
West Essex 8, Ramsey 1
Natalie Cafone scored three goals and assisted on two others as West Essex blew by Ramsey, 8-1, in the North 1 Group 2 final on Tuesday. Amanda Cassera and Kayln Schwartz contributed two goals apiece for the Knights, who move on to face Johnson in the overall Group 2 semifinals. Ally Cowie scored the lone goal for Ramsey, which fell to 16-4-2.
Freehold Boro 3, Warren Hills 2
Emily Wold scored three goals Freehold Borough edged Warren Hills, 3-2, in the North 2 Group 3 championship game on Tuesday. Wold, who was featured on the cover of MSG Varsity The Magazine’s fall edition, lifted her team to a second straight sectional title. Freehold Borough faces West Milford in the Group 3 semifinal.
Randolph 3, Ridgewood 0
Angel Baena scored two goals and the defense took care of the rest as Randolph blanked Ridgewood, 3-0, in the North 1 Group 4 semifinals on Tuesday. Joel Potter also tallied and Mike Lansing made nine saves for the Rams, who improved to 14-4-1 and punched their ticket to play Kearny in the final on Friday. The Maroons fell to 15-3-1.
Northern Highlands 3, Morris Hills 0
John Maschio scored a goal and assisted on another as Northern Highlands cruised past Morris Hills, 3-0, in the North 1 Group 3 semifinals on Tuesday. PJ Abplanalp and Andrew Mamunies also tallied for the Highlanders, who improved to 14-4-1. Morris Hills dropped to 11-8.
Ramapo 4, Old Tappan 1
Mike Taranto and Sean Etheridge each scored a goal and an assist, lifting Ramapo to a 4-1 victory over Old Tappan, 4-1, in the North 1 Group 3 semifinals. James Ortiz and Brandon Alverado also tallied for the Green Raiders, who improved to 19-1. Nathan Bodenstein scored for Old Tappan, which clinched the Bergen County tournament championship one day ago.
Bridgewater-Raritan 1, North Hunterdon 0
David Monahan tallied in the 77th minute and Alex Kaminetzky notched the shutout to help Bridgewater-Raritan edge North Hunterdon, 1-0, in the North 2 Group 4 semifinals on Tuesday. Kaminetzky stopped three shots to stymie the opponent for the Panthers, who won their 18th straight contest. Alex Westlin made five saves for North Hunterdon.
Allentown 5, Freehold Borough 1
Pete Turowski, Kevin Lourenco, Nico Prieto, Anthony Derisi and Tom Merse all scored as Allentown cruised past Freehold Borough, 5-1, in the Central Group 3 semifinals on Tuesday. Allentown earned the chace to face Princeton in the championship on Friday. Ryan Bailey tallied for the lone score for Freehold Borough, which dropped to 14-5-1.
Steinert 2, Rancocas Valley 0
Ryan Lamarca and Pat Remboski each scored goals and Steinert blanked Rancocas Valley, 2-0, in the Central Group 4 semifinals on Tuesday. Devin Downs recorded his second shutout in three games during the state playoffs.
Delbarton 1, Pingry 1 (Delbartons wins in SO)
Delbarton outscored Pingry, 3-2, in a shootout in the Non-Public A semifinals on Tuesday. Luke Rossi surrendered the tying goal to Pingry in the final minute of regulation, but shined in the extra session to lead the Green Wave to the title game against Seton Hall Prep. Matt Clausen scored for Delbarton to forge a 1-0 lead.
Midland Park 2, Waldwick 0
Midland Park cruised to a two-game victory over Waldwick in the North Jersey Group 1 semifinals on Tuesday. Avery Dravis-Stark recorded 18 assists and Danielle Havlicek posted 10 kills to help Midland Park post a pair of 25-9 wins.
Monday, November 7
Wall 0, Freehold Boro (Wall wins in SO)
Over 90 minutes of soccer couldn’t decide the Central Jersey Group 3 semifinal so penalty kicks were needed and Wall was able to convert all its chances to take the victory. Delaney Boyer, Karlie Korz, Lindsay Cerio and Meghan Holtz all converted their kicks, while Sara Cobb would seal victory with two stops.
Parsippany 1, West Essex 1 (Parsippany wins in SO)
The Parsippany girls soccer team overcame a 1-0 second-half deficit to defeat the West Essex Knights, 2-1, in a shootout at home. Parsippany outscored West Essex, 3-2, in the shootout.
There was no scoring in the first 45 minutes of play, but senior midfielder Shannon White changed that for the visitors when she beat goalie Lauren Scalfani for the initial score of the contest in the 18th minute of the second half.
But Parsippany answered in dramatic fashion, with Melissa Kelly tallying the equalizer for Parsippany. After two scoreless ten-minute overtime periods, Parsippany once again overcame a 1-0 deficit in the shootout to emerge victorious, 3-2.
The shootout scorers for Parsippany were Tiffany Kelly, Mae Noonan, and Elena Wolfe. Parsippany improves its record to 14-4-2 with the win and will next face Madison, a team it has split two decisions against this season.
Midland Park 2, Park Ridge 2 (Midland Park wins in SO)
Midland Park jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead but two goals by Rebecca Skorvia tied the game for Park Ridge, which came up just short on PKs despite a great comeback effort. For Midland Park, Tori Bell, Samantha Skretkowicz and Zahra Mion each scored in the shootout to clinch a spot in the finals of the North 1 Group 1 tournament. Michelle Passero and Alyssa Mulvaney scored Midland Park’s first-half goals.
Bridgewater-Raritan 1, Watchung Hills 0
Brianna Petro scored in the 55th minute and sophomore goalkeeper Casey Murphy was spectacular in goal, lifting Bridgewater-Raritan to a 1-0 victory over Watchung Hills in the North 2 Group 4 semifinals on Monday. Watchung Hills held a 14-5 margin in shots, but fell to 14-5 on the season.
Marlboro 1, Manalapan 1 (Marlboro wins in SO)
Jessica McFadden scored a goal in regulation and then followed with the decisive tally in a shootout to help Marlboro edge Manalapan in the Central Group 4 semifinals on Monday. Marlboro, which won the shootout by a margin of 4-3, improved to 11-8-1. Danielle Rizzo scored for Manalapan, which fell to 9-7-1.
Bridgewater-Raritan 4, Montclair 0
Goals by Jess Casterline, Taylor Mygatt and Rachel Yaney helped Bridgewater-Raritan blow by Montclair, 4-0, on Monday. made the game 4-0 for Bridgewater. The shutout was preserved by the phenomenal play of goalkeeper Christen Piersanti. This matchup was dominated by Bridgewater-Raritan from a possession point of view. The first half was controlled by the Panthers, but they could only capitalize on one goal, off a corner the ball bounced to the stick of Emily Howarth, who put it in for the 1-0 lead. That was the score going into the second half, but the game would get blown open in the ensuing session.
River Dell 2, Pascack Valley 0
Kate Brock recorded nine kills and five digs, while Mary Maccabee had eight kills and eight digs to propel River Dell to a two-game, 25-19, 25-14, victory over Pascack Valley in the North 2 semifinals on Monday. Kalette de Marrais led the Golden Hawks with 20 assists. Kaitlin MacIver paced Pascack Valley with 14 assists in a losing effort.
Demarest 2, Northern Highlands 0
Demarest, the No. 1 seed in Group 3, came out victorious against No. 4 Northern Highlands, 2-0 (25-22, 25-19), in Round Three of the North Group 3 girls volleyball state tournament on Monday night.
The Norsemen were led by the sister/sister act of senior Kat Hirsch and junior Haley Hirsch.
In both matches Northern Highlands got off to a quick start, but couldn’t keep that momentum going as Demarest found a way to recover and quickly get back into both games.
“I think we played together,” Kat Hersch said. “We played like a team and we needed that. I think we need to continue working on that. I’m ready to go, and so is my team.”
After losing in the semi finals of the Bergen County tournament, Demarest is focused in its quest for a state title. The Norsemen will go up against the winner of Old Tappan and West Morris in the Group 3 final, which takes place on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.
Mahwah 2, Ramapo 0
Mahwah defeated Ramapo in two exciting games on Monday away from home. Led by senior hitter Kasey Woetzel, Ramapo got off to a hot start in the first game. However, Mahwah stormed back and won in dramatic fashion, 28-26. In the second game, Mahwah led throughout and was in total control. Samantha Wood killed every ball that Amanda Berkman set for her, and Mahwah cruised to 25-12 victory. With this semifinal triumph, the Thunderbirds move on to meet their arch rivals, River Dell, in the sectional championship.