Boys Soccer opened the first round of NJISAA Tournament Tuesday evening as #3 seeded Point Boro hosted #14 seeded Medford Tech, Tuesday evening. The Panthers knew that they would have to get off to a fast start if they wished to take control. This is something that they were able to do particularity well in the regular season. As we all know, however, the regular season and the postseason can result in different outcomes if a particular team is not ready to battle for eighty minutes. For the Panthers, they did just that; battling for the entirety of the game en route to a 7-0 win.
Point Boro is a team that likes to come at its opponent from multiple directions. Scoring early and often is the motto that has been practiced throughout the season so far. In today’s game they were able to take advantage in both of those categories. Sam Monoco opened the scoring with a header that found the back of the net just nine minutes into the game.
I was able to catch up with Sam after the game as he explained the drive his team was able to come out with. “We came out with tons of energy and put a couple away early. At half time coach said we couldn’t let up and we didn’t, we continued to put them away and finished the game strong”, Monaco said.
Mason Pitts would also be a factor scoring in this game with a goal coming at the twenty-three minute mark in the first half. Pitts was certainly focused on providing the crowd with his best Christiano Ronaldo celebration after he scored. Point Boro would continue to add four more goals throughout the game including an own goal by Medford Tech. Sam Monaco was responsible for the assist that resulted in the own goal making it 4-0 with four minutes left in the first half.
Nick DeCurtis was able to score in the second half as the game seemed to be out of reach at this Point. I later spoke with him about his teams grind throughout many of their games including this one.” I think that because we came out with energy and focus right away we were able to put some away early and keep the momentum going. Our whole team was connecting, the defense did excellent, and together we got the job done. Now we’ve just got to keep going and focus on what’s ahead.” Matt Kimak and Jake Brzyski would net goals for the Panthers as they finished off an impressive first round victory.
What lies ahead?
Friday, the Panthers will host the Warriors of Manasquan. This will be an intriguing battle as Manasquan and Point Boro look to both advance to the Sectional Semifinals. After a 7-0 victory, the Panthers know that it will not come easy for them. I expect squan to be a much tougher opponent, I know a few guys on the team and they are quality players, should be a very good match up”, Sam Monaco said.
In addition, teammate Alex Stupar explained, ” Our focus is on Manasquan and we will have to come out with the same energy we did today.” This will be the Focus of Manasquan as well. The Warriors are coming off of a 2-0 victory over Oakcrest and will be looking to make some noise towards a championship as well.