JSZ Year in Review: Top games from Boys HS Soccer in 2017

Jersey Sports Zone is excited to bring you exciting action from the pitch this fall in New Jersey high school soccer.  We look back on the top ten most viewed games from our coverage in 2017:

#10: Holmdel 7 Ocean 1 – Shore Conference Tournament championship

We saw one of the best individual efforts of the entire year as Anthony Arena delivered a sensational five goal performance to give the Hornets its first SCT title.  Watch Arena’s masterful performance!

#9: Saint Benedict’s Prep 2 Lawrenceville 0 

St. Benedict’s Prep made the trip from Newark to Trenton to take on The Lawrenceville School on Wednesday. The Grey Bee’s struck twice in the 80 minute match, Sebastian Chalbaud with a header in the 12th minute and Julian Gomes in the 46th. St. Benedict’s improves to a perfect 11-0 in 2017 after the 2-0 road win over Lawrenceville.  Alex Lorenzo has the highlights:

#8: Holmdel 1 Matawan 1 (Hornets advance on PK’s) – Central Jersey Group 2 Playoffs

It took 100 minutes of play and penalty kicks, but the No. 1 seeded Holmdel Hornets came away with a dramatic victory over fellow Shore Conference foe Matawan on Tuesday afternoon. After two overtime periods the match remained tied at 1 a piece and we went to Penalty Kicks to decide a winner. Holmdel goalkeeper Matt Lionetta came up with two clutch saves, and Cyrus Darvish put in the game-winning PK.  Watch Highlights of Holmdel vs Matawan below!

#7: Pennington 5 Peddie 2 

Ibrahima Diop was named a USA Today All-American in June, and the Pennington School senior proved himself worthy of the honor.  Diop scored four times, leading the Red Raiders to a 5-2 win over Peddie School. Jared Subarsky added the 5th goal for Pennington in the 68th minute.   Watch Full Highlights of the Red Raider’s win!

#6: Delbarton 4 CBA 1 – Non-Public “A” State Championship

Christian Brother’s Academy boasts a defense that has put up 16 shutouts throughout the 2017 season. With CBA leading 1-0 after 40 minutes of play, it looked the Colts may have saved their best for last. The Green Wave of Delbarton had other ideas, scoring four 2nd Half goals (Brendan McSorley 2, Ethan Fabricant, & Liam McSorley) for a dominant 4-1 win. For Delbarton, it marks their 5th State Title in the last 6 years, and the 13th in school history. It was a special day for brothers Liam and Brendan McSorley who combined for a hat trick, leading Delbarton to victory. Watch Highlights and postgame reaction from the State Championship Match below!

#5: Holmdel 4 Dover 1 – NJSIAA Group 2 State Championship

Holmdel High School put an end to a historic season on the soccer field. The Hornets captured a divisional, Shore Conference, Sectional, and NJSIAA Group-2 State Title in 2017. Holmdel (22-1-1) used a balanced scoring attack of 4 goals from 4 different players (Mikey Neff, Matt Leon, Justin McStay, and Joe Arena) to get a 4-1 win over Dover in the State Championship match on Sunday morning at Kean University. The win gives the Hornet’s their 2nd State Title in School History. Watch Highlights of Holmdel vs Dover below!

#4: Kearny 3 Princeton 1 – NJSIAA Group 4 State Championship

Jose Escandon scored two goals in the second half to lead the Kardinals to their first state soccer championship since 2004.  Escandon gathered a rebound off a free kick in the 50th minute to get Kearny on the board.  In the 70th minute, he drew a foul and converted a 25-yard free kick to give the Kardinals a two-goal advantage.  Andrew Berger got Princeton on the board with 2:14 to go in the game, but Ryan Valdaz sealed the state championship with an open field goal with just six seconds remaining.  Kearny finishes the year with a 19-0-5 record.  Watch the highlights and post-match reaction from Kean University:

#3: Delran 2 Pennington 1

The Bears scored two goals in the final five minutes to knock off the recently named #1 team in the country by USA Today.  Pennington took a 1-0 lead in the 65th minute on a great feed from Jared Panson to Nicolas Herrerias, but Delran rallied.  Goalie Max Pinado stepped outside of the 18 on a punt, giving Delran a free kick and John Strohlein delivered a magnificent strike in the upper 90 to tie the game at one with 5:51 to go in regulation.  A red card to Pennington freshman Mani Diop put the Red Raiders a man down for the final three minutes.  It set the stage for the game-winner as Dan Strohlein battled to get a shot off that hit the right post and Chris Hunt buried the rebound.  JSZ has the highlights of a thrilling game along with post-game reaction:

#5: Saint Benedict’s Prep 5 Pennington 1

St. Benedict’s Prep just recently tabbed the No. 1 team in America by USA Today. The Grey Bee’s hosted The Pennington School who also held the No. 1 ranking earlier in the season. St. Benedict’s showed they why they are more than deserving of that top ranking with a dominating 5 goal performance on Wednesday afternoon. Jersey Sports Zone has highlights and post-match interviews from St. Benedict’s Prep vs Pennington School.

#1: Saint Benedict’s Prep 4 Blair –  Prep “A” State Championship

The Grey Bee’s of St. Benedict’s Prep came into Thursday’s Prep A State Final match 80 minutes away from a 19-0 record and a National Championship Trophy. St. Benedict’s took care of business with three 1st half goals, (Ronald Mafunzwaini 1, and Julian Gomes 2). The Grey Bee’s then added one more score in the 74th minute by Azriel Johnson to complete a 4-0 win over Blair Academy and capture the 2017 Prep A Title and National Championship. Watch Highlights and Post Game Reaction from St. Benedict’s Championship Game below!

Jersey Sports Zone Boys Soccer Goals of the Year from 2017

Thanks to all the great athletes for giving us so many incredible highlights.  Watch the best goals captured by our camera in 2017 and look forward to many more in 2018!