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Friday Roundup

Posted in Uncategorized by mattmanley on September 26, 2009

Let’s make the rounds, taking a look at the games that went down Friday.

Red Bank Catholic 1, Holmdel 0

If you didn’t believe me and all the A Central coaches when we said how tough A Central is, do you believe us now? Holmdel, who hasn’t played poorly with the exception of the 2-0 loss to SJV and maybe a half against Matawan – it’s only win fittingly enough – is now 1-5 after coming into the season with hope of making a run at a sectional title with a loaded junior class. RBC has now won three in a row to get back to .500 and has defeated a very talented Holmdel squad three straight times dating back to last year.

Ryan King scored 16 minutes in on a counter with E.J. Sauer giving him the assist. King has three goals  and Sauer three assists in the last two games. According to RBC coach George Black, Holmdel was in the Caseys end most of the game and in the last 15 minutes, Black packed in his defense to try to clog the path to the goal.

RBC will start round two through the very tough A Central nest week and will have to find a way to beat SJV, Manasquan or Raritan, in addition to beating Matawan and Holmdel again, to be able to think about the postseason. The biggest game this coming week might be Saturday’s matchup with Rumson, which could make RBC 2-0 outside of its division, which would mean they’d only have to go 4-6 in the division to be in a position to make the postseason. RBC’s three other nondivisional games include Red Bank (1-5), Henry Hudson (1-3) and Point Boro (4-1).

As for Holmdel, they’re in about as bad of a whole as anyone could have imagined for a team this good. If they’re as talented as everyone including myself thought they were to start the season, then they’re capable of going 4-1 during its second run through the division. Finishing goals has continued to plague the Hornets, but their play in the midfield has been up to the level most of us expected. If the goals start finding the net, Holmdel might be able to make a late run at the postseason, but it’s going to be much tougher than anyone and certainly the team itself thought.

Long Branch 3, Wall 1

An even bigger stunner than RBC’s win Friday was Long Branch’s two-goal margin of victory over first-place Wall. Luis Ribiero got Long Branch started in the 16th minute and while Wall pushed up and looked to tie the game over the next 45 minutes, Long Branch held tough until Wilson DeSousa scored in the 77th minute to effectively put the game away for a young but potentially dangerous Long Branch team.

At first glance, it’s easy to assume Wall was looking ahead to Freehold next week, but they were probably looking forward to a day off more than anything. Center mid Ian Whelan was banged up and didn’t come in until the second half, but by then, Long Branch had Wall in the hole. In addition to the injury, Wall had already played on Monday and again Wednesday night, so Friday’s game was the third in three days. The Crimson Knights didn’t play well Monday against Manasquan and they finished the week with a whimper today. The good news is they have four days off before a big game against undefeated Freehold Wednesday.

Monmouth 1, Ocean 0

The Falcons got back in the win column with an overtime win over the Spartans. Will Douglas scored 50 seconds into overtime to break a scoreless tie and give the Falcons sole possession of third place ahead of Ocean. Monmouth was coming off a 2-1 loss to Freehold Wednesday and despite battling some injuries, beat a good Ocean team. This is definitely the Falcons biggest win of the year after playing both Freehold and Wall tough in 2-1 losses.

Freehold 2, Red Bank 0

Sounded like an ugly game with a lot of yellow cards, but Red Bank hung tough for 78 minutes, before Rob Soto scored his second goal of the game to put it away. Soto, a sophomore, scored two minutes in to give the Colonials an early lead, but Freehold was flat for the next 75 minutes against a Red Bank team that is better than its record. Like Wall, Freehold played three games this week, but the Colonials went 3-0 and get to enjoy a weekend in first place in Class B North before taking on Wall Wednesday.

Central 1, Barnegat 0

Very quietly, Central has crept back into the B South race, starting with a thrilling win over Manchester Thursday. The Golden Eagles got a goal from Nick Salvemini Friday and made it hold up for their fifth straight win. Central plays Point Boro on Thursday in its next divisional game and based on how they’ve played since an opening day loss to Donovan, the Eagles have a first-place run in them. Barnegat has played well this year even though they just dropped below .500 with the loss, and they may surprise someone in the second half of the season and get into the playoffs.

Manchester 2, Pinelands 1

Pinelands struck first on a goal by Matt Cardillo, but goals by Liam Mike Agudelo and Liam Cahill helped Manchester rally and move to 5-2. The Pinelands goal was just its second of the season, but the Wildcats put a score into the Hawks.

SJV 5, Matawan 0

John Boylan continued to make his case as the best player in a very good Class A Central division with a three-goal game against Matawan.

For the rest of the scores, check the scoreboard page on


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  1. devils44 said, on September 26, 2009 at 12:56 am

    rbc’s goalie hasnt allowed a goal to holmdel since sophomore year, He has 3 consecutive shutouts also this week

  2. shoreconferenceee said, on September 26, 2009 at 3:20 am

    Long Branch also played Monday and Wednesday. John Corrales was sitting out and Castano played wit a pulled groin.

  3. luckystars said, on September 27, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Matt, I believe Lacey is still undefeated, I think you may have thrown an extra game in there for them in the latest updated standings.

    • mattmanley said, on September 27, 2009 at 3:22 am

      Believe it or not, Lacey lost to Toms River South today 2-1. I did the scoreboard page on the website, but I haven’t posted anything about Saturday on the blog, so maybe that’s why you missed it. I’ll have plenty of extras tomorrow, including the new Top 20, some notes, and even a fan top 10, assuming I figure out the software, which is never a given.

  4. Steve Crandall said, on September 28, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    The thing about RBC, aside from their talent this year, is the fact that they are the best behaved team in A Central. That may seem like a stupid thing to say, but their cohesiveness shows in their play. These kids are so well trained and so focused that there is rarely unsportsmanlike behavior on and off the field with them. The schoolo should be proud of this group of hard working players and coaching staff.

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