We’ve got three great soccer matches on the Thursday slate including our look at the Eastern Vikings girls, the #1 team in the nation, along with a big GMC boys showdown between East Brunswick and Monroe plus the Marlboro Mustangs get to 9-1 with a hard fought win over Freehold Boro.

Eastern 3 Shawnee 2 – Girls

The Vikings are the top team in the country according to Top Drawer Soccer, seeking a second straight Group 4 state title this season. La Salle commit Kelli McGroarty scored two goals and Rutgers commit Riley Tiernan added a goal as Eastern raced out to a 3-0 halftime lead. The Renegades rallied late thanks to goals from East Carolina commit Kiley Endres and Temple commit Alexa Endres, but the Vikings hung on to stay undefeated.

JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from this Olympic Conference showdown:

Coverage of Eastern and Shawnee is made possible by Cooper University Health Care.

Marlboro 5 Freehold Boro 2 – Boys

The Mustangs scored three goals in the final 15 minutes to break a 2-2 tie to reach the 9-1 mark. Mitchell Katsman and Max Shushkovsky each scored a pair of goals for Marlboro. Freehold Boro rallied from a 2-0 deficit to draw even in the second half, but couldn’t contain Marlboro in the late stages. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from the Shore Conference:

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East Brunswick 2 Monroe 0 – Boys

East Brunswick picked up their sixth straight win with a 2-0 victory over Monroe. After a scoreless first half, Junior Andre Shelton found net twice in the 43’ and 53’ while Keeper Ryan McSwieney finished with 9 saves. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:

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