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TR East knocks off TR North, other Tuesday tidbits

Posted in Uncategorized by mattmanley on October 7, 2009

Earlier in the year, Toms River East coach Ted Gillen said he wasn’t sure anyone in Class A South could beat Toms River North and up until Tuesday night, he was right. Then his Raiders went out and proved him wrong.

Craig Wagenblast scored his eight goal of the year a minute before halftime and Alex Stergiou sealed it with a goal in the 56th minute to lead Toms River East to a 3-1 victory over previously unbeaten Toms River North.

“We had nothing to lose tonight,” Gillen said. “I told them that people are looking at this game and saying, ‘North’s undefeated and East’s season has been a nightmare’ and nobody expects you to beat them tonight.

“We’ve been able to get some good results at times with wins over Toms River South and Lacey, but this win is big. To beat North is one thing, but to do it when they’re undefeated makes it special. Walking into that lockerroom and seeing them going bananas was a good feeling. Every player on this team has gone through some heartache this year and to watch them get that much joy out of a win was a relief.”

According to Gillen, East had some more chances, but Kevin Meinert made a number of impressive saves to keep North in it. Meinert doesn’t always get tested behind a good defense, but when he has been tested, he’s more than made the grade.

No doubt, Raider Nation of Ocean County was out in full force tonight at Toms River East and the Raider fans can pack the house. They have a lot to cheer for at this point, with a team that lost three players at the beginning of the year and struggled to a 1-3 start that has transformed into a team no one wants to play. At 5-5-1, the Raiders have divisional games left against Southern, Toms River South, Brick and Jackson Memorial and an out-of-division match against Shore Friday, as wel as one against Middletown South on Oct. 19. A record of 3-3 or something equal (like, say, 2-2-2) gets them into the Shore Conference Tournament and will provide someone with a very nervous day of preparation for its first round game.

Indian burn

Southern put up a nice fight, but Sean Casey’s goal in the first two minutes did them in in a 1-0 Toms River South win that ended Southern’s three-game winning streak. The Rams fall to two games under .500, but they continue to show that they’re not going anywhere. They’ll play a Tom River East team that is getting scarier by the game on Saturday.

Sister kissers

Brick likes ties, evidenced by its fifth tie of the season Tuesday in a scoreless game against Jackson. They have one fewer tie than they have decisions, which doesn’t necessarily bode well or poorly for them. What does bode well for Brick is its ability to prevent goals, which has a lot to do with goalie Stephan DeCorso.

Lacey back on track

Dan Ratyniak put up a hat trick to help Lacey get back on track in a 5-1 win over Brick Memorial, who actually tied the game at 1 with a goal by Kyle Wogan. Ratyniak had two more goals in store for the Stangs to lead the Lions. The win ends a three-game losing streak.

Last Action Heroes

Marlboro continues to relish the final moments of the game, winning on a Dan Weisberger goal in the last minute. Outside of a couple of lopsided losses to CBA, Middletown North has been anything but a pushover, losing two heartbreakers to Marlboro.

Eagles ready for takeoff?

Middletown South has showed the ability to win some games in Class A North, but they have not shown the ability to do what they did Tuesday: score four goals in a game. The Eagles scored more goals Tuesday in its 4-3 win over Manalapan than it had in its first 10 games of the season combined.

Pining for a playoff spot

Lakewood continues to roll, topping Barnegat to move to a game over .500. The Piners have been a slow-start, fast-finish team over the last couple of years and they’ll need to finish strong with a schedule including Point Boro, Central and Monsignor Donovan.

Nice wins for Freehold and Point Boro, which overcame an early Liam Cahill goal to win 2-1, round up the notable results on the evening. Colts Neck gets a huge win over Freehold Township and you can read about that one on the website, as well as CBA’s win over Howell.  I’m going to get some podcasts up again, guests or not, so if you don’t feel like reading, just listen to the melodic sounds of my voice.

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