By Rich Fisher | Contributing Editor
The Diocese of Trenton was represented in both championship games of the Shore Conference Tournament Oct. 24 at Point Pleasant Borough High School.
Though neither team could bring home a championship, it didn’t mean they were done trying, as they and numerous other DOT teams began play in the NJSIAA Tournament the week of Oct. 28.
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In the SCT, the third-seeded Christian Brothers Academy boys team of Lincroft dropped a 1-0, double-overtime decision to fourth-seeded Ocean Township, while the second-seeded Red Bank Catholic girls fell by the same score to fifth-seeded Toms River North in regulation.
For the Spartans, it was revenge for three years earlier, when CBA took a 2-0 win over Ocean in the SCT finals. The game’s lone goal came in the fourth minute of the second overtime when Leo Montesinos scored on a headball.
The Colts’ Dominic Bellomo just missed winning it in regulation when one shot went over the crossbar with 30 minutes remaining, and another went just over the crossbar with two minutes left. CBA dominated possession and launched 10 shots on goal that were saved by keeper Max Winters.
CBA will now attempt to win its fourth straight NJSIAA South Jersey, Non-Public A championship, and its second Non-Public A state championship in three years, when it begins tournament play. The top-seeded Colts had a first-round bye and will meet eighth-seeded Red Bank Catholic, which defeated St. John Vianney, 2-1, on Oct. 29. Andrew Colannino and John Duffy had the Caseys goal.
Another second-round game pits third-seeded Notre Dame against sixth-seeded Donovan Catholic. The Irish had a first-round bye and the Griffins topped Bishop Ahr, 3-0, on goals from Max Dalton, Brendan Ion and Robert Milutin.
The match-ups guarantee the DOT will have one school in each of the semifinal rounds Nov. 5.
In South Jersey Non-Public B, ninth-seeded St. Rose of Belmar meets top-seeded Immaculata on Nov. 1 after the Purple Roses took a 3-0 win over Trenton Catholic in the first round. Joey Blaes, Christian Bodine and Jake Dempsey each scored a goal.
Sixth-seeded Holy Cross Prep of Delran advanced with a 3-1 win over Timothy Christian and meets third-seeded Rutgers Prep. Clark Conaway had all three goals for the Lancers.
In the girls Shore Conference Tournament, RBC (14-3) was beaten by Alex Peto’s goal with just over 12 minutes remaining in the first half. The Caseys, which had a late chance to score off a corner kick thwarted by goalie Cameron Kennett, had a seven-game winning streak snapped. RBC keeper Anthi Panayides kept her team in it with eight saves.
The Caseys will try and rebound in South Jersey Non-Public A, when as the top seed, they open with Paul VI Nov. 2. Third-seeded Notre Dame had a first-round bye and hosts sixth-seeded Pingry, while fourth-seeded St. John Vianney opens with fifth-seeded Mount St. Mary.
In SJ Non-Public B, St. Rose of Belmar and Holy Cross both reached the quarterfinals with first-round victories.
St. Rose defeated St. Joe’s of Hammonton, 8-0, as Caroline Caputo had three goals and an assist and Julianne Leskauskas had a goal and two assists. The third-seeded Purple Roses host sixth-seeded Timothy Christian Nov. 2. The fourth-seeded Lancers topped Calvary Christian, 4-2, as Julia Wheeler had three goals and an assist. Holy Cross hosts 12th-seeded Trinity Hall.