Sports Roundup

Southern Rallies to Qualify for SCT in Boys Soccer

Pinelands, Barnegat Also in Shore Tournament
Oct 10, 2018

A 2-0 loss to Howell on Oct. 1 culminated what only can be called a roller coaster for the Southern Regional boys soccer team.

The Rams started off 4-0, scoring four goals in three of the first four games of the season. Then they lost three straight, and tied Toms River North, before the loss to Howell, scoring just five goals during the five-game winless stretch.

But with the Shore Conference Tournament eligibility deadline fast approaching, a 4-4-1 record probably felt a bit nauseating for the Rams. They had to stop the bleeding, and fast, because the next two games were going to be pivotal to whether they qualified for the SCT.

Head coach Guy Lockwood and his crew were breathing a little easier heading into this week, after the Rams won a pair of shutouts – 1-0 over Jackson Memorial on Oct. 3, followed by a 2-0 win over Lacey on Oct. 6. Now with Central left to play before the Oct. 10 cutoff, Southern was two games over the necessary .500 mark.

Against Lacey, Kevin Kiernan and Benjamin Hanneman delivered the goals that provided Southern its sixth victory of the season, as goalkeeper Braden Dugan made 10 saves to ensure the shutout. Kiernan was the lone goal scorer and Dugan made 11 saves against Jackson earlier in the week.

Now, while it was unfortunate the Southern Regional girls soccer team lost a 2-0 contest to Lacey on Oct. 5, that defeat won’t hinder the Rams from qualifying for the Shore Conference Tournament. Southern was 7-4 heading into this week.

On Oct. 1, Kelsey Hemenway’s only goal of the Rams’ match against Jackson Memorial was all that was needed to clinch an SCT berth.

Pinelands Squads Cruising into SCT

Even though the Pinelands Regional girls soccer squad’s winning streak ended at eight games earlier last week, the Wildcats still remained on a nine-game unbeaten streak following a 2-2 tie with Brick on Oct. 5.

Sunni DiElmo and Alex Hanna staked the Wildcats to a 2-0 first-half lead, but the Green Dragons roared back to knot the contest behind a pair of goals from Gianna Ferigne. Following two scoreless overtime periods, Pinelands’ win streak had ended but the team entered this week’s action at 8-1-2, easily qualifying the Wildcats for the SCT. Brenna DeVoe made 12 saves to help maintain the tie.

Two days earlier, Pinelands had little trouble with Shore Conference Class B South foe Lakewood, cruising to a 4-0 victory. Aileen Cahill scored a pair of goals, while Bridget Dudas and Alex Hanna each scored once. Cathy Hanna, Erin Pomponio, Emily Staino and Marlee Tharp each dished out assists.

Meanwhile, the Pinelands boys soccer team got back on a winning track with a pair of victories last week, improving its record to 8-3 and also easily qualifying for the SCT.

During a 3-0 win over Brick on Oct. 5, Anthony Diaz, Dom DosSantos and Kieran Sundermann each scored goals, while Gavin Harris managed three saves and John Hart added an assist. In a 4-0 victory over division rival Lakewood on Oct. 3, Diaz, Sundermann, Hart and DosSantos were the goal scorers, while Antony Aguilar joined DosSantos, Sundermann and Hart in giving out assists.

Barnegat Boys Soccer Is SCT Bound

With the threat of not being eligible for the conference tourney come the middle of this week, the Barnegat boys soccer team registered a pair of wins during a three-day stretch and headed into its contest with Jackson Liberty on Oct. 9 with a 5-4 record – good enough to qualify for the SCT.

On Oct. 6, the Bengals solidified their SCT berth with a 5-0 win over Ranney. Matt White scored twice and Ricky Norman contributed a goal and an assist, while Connor Costello and Zach Oliver each scored once. Two days earlier, Barnegat scored its fourth win with a 2-1 victory over Central Regional.

All Local Field Hockey Teams Earn SCT Berths

Rachel Papernik scored both goals for the Pinelands Regional field hockey team in a 2-0 victory over nearby rival Barnegat, but the season is far from over for each team as they both headed into this week’s action already ensured positions in the Shore Conference Tournament.

The Bengals scored an 8-0 win over Donovan Catholic on Oct. 4, followed by a 2-0 victory against Brick Memorial the next day and stood at 8-5-1 as the SCT eligibility deadline arrived on Tuesday. Against the Mustangs, Shannon Schiverea and Brooke West buried the only goals goaltender Patricia Tonalo needed for the shutout, while Madelyn Santorelli contributed an assist.

Against the Griffins, the Bengals received a hat trick from Julianna Cannizzaro, while Schiverea scored two goals and gave out an assist, and Santorelli delivered a pair of assists to lead the Bengals’ offensive onslaught, which included seven second-half goals. Heather Dwyer, Ava Kennedy and Mikenna Reiser each scored once.

Despite its second loss of the season on Oct. 4 – a 3-0 loss to Point Pleasant Borough – Pinelands cruised toward an SCT berth with a 10-2 record, after capturing its ninth shutout of the season, a 4-0 win over Manchester on Oct. 2. Adrian Dieckman scored twice, while Jamilyn Hawkins and Papernik also scored.

As for Southern, the Rams wasted no time getting back to winning following its first loss of the season on Oct. 1. Southern improved to 12-1 after knocking off Toms River East, 4-0, on Oct. 2; Brick, 5-1, on Oct. 4; and Central, 4-1, on Oct. 8.

Against the Golden Eagles, Erika Barbera scored a hat trick, while Maitland Demand buried a goal and gave out two assists, and Emma Wilhelm contributed an assist. In the win over Brick, Demand tallied three goals and an assist, while Barbera delivered a pair of assists and Kate O’Boyle and Emily Raylman each scored once. Versus Toms River East, Demand, Raylman, Wilhelm and Barbera all scored goals.

— David Biggy

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