Toms River North defeated St. John Vianney 3-0 Tuesday afternoon – advancing into the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament.
Junior Emily Royson’s goal gave the Mariners a 1-0 lead just 1:53 into the contest, and it proved to be all that North would need to march past the Lancers.
Senior Marisa Tava and sophomore Alexa Peto added goals in the second half, while senior Jazmin Brown and Tava each recorded an assist.
The Lancers and Mariners met back on Sept. 4, in which Vianney pulled off the 2-1 upset of Toms River North – then ranked 16th in the NJ.com top 20 – in a thrilling double overtime contest in Toms River.
With the stakes higher this time around, North wasted little time putting the pressure on the Lancers. Just under two minutes into the game, Royson deposited a ball into the net off a cross. From there, the Mariners were off and running.
The Lancers never got control of the ball on the opponents side of the field for a sustainable length of time for the entire opening frame. The first real chance came 20 minutes into the contest when senior Hannah Vates sent a ball in from 40 yards out, however it avoided all bodies in front and went out for a goal kick.
The Mariners went back on the attack and had a multitude of corners that the Lancers were able to buckle down and defend. Senior Morgan Curtis sent a corner into the box in the 29th minute that Tava headed softly off the post.
It took SJV until the 35th minute to get their first recorded shot on goal, but sophomore goalkeeper Cameron Kennett – who made six saves for the clean sheet – was able to make the save.
The second half was a change of fortune for the Lancers for a few moments. SJV had their best chance when junior midfielder Jamie Heuser got around Kennett momentarily, but could not get a clean foot on it, giving the North keeper time to recover and make an easy save.
TRN goalie gets disrupts this play just enough to recover and make the save. pic.twitter.com/neQWas6PAg
— Casey J Krish (@CaseyKrish) October 17, 2018
TRN survived the short lapse to open the second half, and added some insurance when Tava found the far left post from just inside the top right corner of the box to double the Mariner’s lead 2-0.
Peto concluded the scoring in the 64th minute when she deposited a tally into the empty net after a shot ricocheted off the goalie and right to her feet in close.
SJV senior goalie Erica Blackburn played a solid game in net, making point blank saves off the Mariner’s feet, to keep SJV in the game. She finished the contest making 10 saves.
Toms River North picks up a 3-0 win over SJV. Mariners will advance to play at Shore Regional Thursday. Goals by Royson, Tava and Peto. Good luck girls @NorthGrlsSoccer
— Casey J Krish (@CaseyKrish) October 16, 2018
St. John Vianney fell to 7-6-0 and saw their five game winning streak come to an end. The Lancers will now turn their attention to the South Jersey Non-Public A state tournament.
Toms River North is now 9-3-1 on the season and have won six of seven – the only non-win being a scoreless draw with Toms River South.
With the Mariners revenge tour behind them, they will now turn their attention the the SCT quarterfinals, in which they will make the trip to West Long Branch to face Shore Regional.
The winner of that Thursday contest will get the opportunity to travel to Point Boro – the predetermined neutral site for the semifinals and finals – to take on either top-seeded Middletown North or Cinderella 24-seed Marlboro.
OTHER SCT ROUND OF 16 SCORES
1) MTN 4 – 16) Jackson Memorial 1
24) Marlboro 1 – 8) TRS 0
4) Shore 2 – 13) Wall 1
3) Freehold Twp. 3 – 14) Pt. Beach 0
6) Brick 2 – 11) Colts Neck 1
10) RFH 2 – 7) Pinelands 0
2) RBC 2 – 15) Southern 0
Marlboro @ Middletown North
TRN @ Shore
Brick @ Freehold Twp.
RFH @ RBC