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ASBURY PARK SUNDAY PRESS NOVEMBER 21, 1999 PAGE H 10 Kerwin, CBA Meet expectations Brian Kerwin becomes the first Colts runner to win the Meet of Champions individual title. H14 4i is a -- NJSIAA GIRLS SOCCER GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS Magical season ends for Rumson-Fair K. f . .SMI . . i X - PETER ACKERMANStaff Photographer Rumson's Jen Foley (left), Stephanie Folker (center) and Jen Gsell watch from the sidelines as Glen Rock celebrates in the Group I championship game yesterday. By NEIL SCHUMAN STAFF WRITER EWING All season, Glen Rock coach Tracy Trobiano has looked to Kim Mineo to provide spark off the bench. Yesterday, Mineo did just that and in the process, broke Rumson-Fair Haven's hearts. Glen Rock's freshman forward scored the winning goal as the Panthers beat the Bulldogs 2-0 in the NJSIAA Group I championship game at The College of New Jersey. At 17:30 Kristin Jerome's pass from 30 yards was right on target. Mineo made a diagonal run on the ball before heading it into the upper left corner for her 21st goal of the season. "Coming off the bench doesn't bother me at all," Mineo said. "I usually get in there near the beginning of the game. GROUP I GLEN ROCK 2 RUMSON-FH 0 "Right before Kristin took the kick, Tracy told me to make sure I took my diagonal run. I started right after the kick and our timing was perfect." Three minutes into the game, the Bulldogs (18-4-1) had their first scoring opportunity, but Kelly Henderson's shot clanged off the right goal post. "I had no doubts that we could stay with this team all day," said Bulldogs coach Matt Harmon. "Our whole team played well. We came to play. We had a couple chances early on, but we couldn't convert and then the game tightened up." Senior midfielder Meredith Brenner's heads-up play in the 37th min ute helped the Bulldogs avoid falling behind by two goals. After goalkeeper Jen Foley came out to play a ball, Brenner steered away Leah Jerome's shot that was on its way to the lower left corner. "That was a play that kept us in the game at the time," Harmon said. "That's what it's all about. You leave everything out on the field. Maybe earlier in the season, you don't go for that ball as hard and maybe it goes in. Now, because you're playing in a state final, you do everything you can to clear that ball out." With eight seconds remaining in the game, the Panthers (21-1-1) scored again, when Kim Bonaguaro converted a feed from Leah Jerome. "I thought Rumson was a little stronger physically than we were and that took us off our game," said Trobiano. "We resorted to a little too much dribbling at times." " ; While Rumson's season ended iri defeat, the Bulldogs can take pride, in knowing that they won the Shore Conference Class C North title and the Central Jersey Group l a crown both for the first time. i "This has been a magical season for us," Harmon said. "We've had a" chance to play for four champion-', ships and we won two of them.'' We're one of the two best team ufp Group I. This whole season serves ' as a testament to what the girls have done." CROUP I FINAL . . r GLEN ROCK 2, RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN 0 ' 1 Rumson-FH (18-4-l) Glen Rock (21-1-1) 00 O" Goals Assists: Mineo (K. Jerome) 17:30; Bonagu aro (L Jerome) 79:52; Saves: (R) Foley 6, Wheeler, 1; (G) Singer 0; Shots: Glen Rock 12-4. , ' if DfeMDDUg ;-) 7. - - v'v , ., . . .... - - L , .,. I . ' 'J : , i ;i turn u OuDI?D (MR? 3 Senior Harney scores two goals to lead 2 24-1 Brick Memorial to Group IV title r By NEIL SCHUMAN STAFF WRITER EWING Brick Memorial's girls soccer team took the field with a sense of urgency and it left it with a championship trophy. After defeating Wayne Valley 2-0 yesterday at The College of New Jersey, on a pair of goals from Katie Harney, the Mustangs were crowned the New Jersey State In-terscholas- GROUP IV BRICK MEMORIAL WAYNE VALLEY tic Ath-1 e t i c Group IV champions. Memorial became the first Shore Conference team to win a state title in four fall seasons. Prior to the fall of 1996, Shore girls teams played in the spring. The Mustangs (24-1) peppered Wayne Valley goalkeeper Tracy Rabcow with shots throughout the first half, registering a 15-1 shooting advantage. It was only a matter of time before a shot found the net. At 26:52, Harney broke through. She took a cross from Tierney Brady and after a dummy thrown by Kim Hainzl froze Rabcow, she delivered a blast that caromed off the cross bar, off Rabcow's back and into the net. "I was praying that Kim would dummy that," said Harney. "She made a great play and Tierney made a great run." Just 56 seconds later, Harney struck again. Her 30-yard direct kick curled in, giving the Mustangs a comfortable two-goal advantage. Harney finished her senior season with 19 goals. "That second goal didn't stop them from coming at us at all," Harney said. "They fought till the PETER ACKERMANStaff Photofrapher Wayne Valley's Debbie Min-arick (left) elbows Brick Memorial's Kim Hainzl as they go up for a header with Brick Memorial's Crystal Petraccoro nearby. Valiant Midd. South falls to Ramapo By NEIL SCHUMAN STAFF WRITER EWING You can't put a price on big-game experience. Middletown South found that out the hard way yesterday, when it ran into four-time defending champion Ramapo in the NJSIAA Group m final. The Raiders scored twice in the first half, when the Eagles were becoming acclimated to their surroundings at The College of New Jersey's Lions Stadium. The Eagles began to dictate the flow of play, but the Raiders held on for a 2-0 victory to win their fifth consecutive Group ITI title and their 10th in school history. "When you consider that our first goal was hooked up by two seniors who have been here before, I've got to believe that our experience helped us a little bit," said Ra- GR0UP III RAMAPO 2 MIDD. SOUTH 0 mapo coach Paul Heene-han. "We're not intimi- mmmmm" dated by the environment, by the artificial surface, or the lights. The only thing we had to worry about was Middle-town South and they have a tremendous program." Ramapo (22-1-1) took the lead at 12:33 when Ashley Glaubach's server from 30 yards went over the head of South keeper Kristen Hirt. Toni Benevento ran onto the ball and knocked it past the far post. Glaubach returned to the Ramapo lineup after missing seven games with a broken collarbone. "It's not only her presence, but what she brings to the field," Benevento said of Glaubach's return. "It's amazing what kind of differ ence she makes. I was surprised that cross popped over the keeper's head, but I was going to be there no matter what" Freshman midfielder Lizzie Reed gave the Raiders an insurance goal at 15:45. Natalie Friedman forced the ball through traffic at the top of the 18. Reed ran onto the ball and scored her 29th goal of the season. "I was dribbling and I slid it to Natalie," said Reed. "She shot and it rebounded off their sweeper. Somehow I got around her and got it past the keeper." In the second half, South (15-7) started to find some scoring opportunities, but couldn't catch a break. Tara Froehlich took a restart, Ramapo keeper Kiersten Osterkorn came out to play the ball and slipped on the wet turf. Froehlich took a shot, but it sailed wide to the left Middletown South (15-7) Ramapo (22 1 2) a. n n n Si" ! H'-R 3 j- at S. I. I t v " 1 1, f v li n s v s PETER ACKERMANSuff Pnotograpner , Brick Memorial's Katie Harney celebrates with teammate Kim r .i t Hainzl after scoring the first of her two goals. 1 end but we just worked as hard as we could. We've been the hardest working team at the Shore. Now I guess we're the hardest working team in the state." Shannon Plunkett, to whom coach Billy Caruso refers as "the best sweeper in New Jersey" and stopper Kelly Brady spearheaded a defensive effort that contained the Indians' attack, particularly forward Jillian Marano. "At the beginning of the season, (Caruso) was a little leery about our defense," said Plunkett, a junior. "We had some inexperienced players and we had to teach some people how to play in the back, but we pulled it off." Keeping things tidy in the back, the Mustangs limited the Indians (22-2-1) to three shots. Senior keeper Lori Woolley had to make only three saves to earn her school- record 18th shutout of the season. ' tt" The Mustangs' seniors, who sawi their 1997 and 1998 seasons end at' the hands of Lacey in the South Jersey Group III tournament, finally have some closure. - ' "I couldn't wait to get a hold of that trophy," said midfielder Crystal Petraccoro. "This is just amazing." ,t, "We knew this was our final game and we knew we had to come out with the intensity," said forward Kristina D' Antonio. "I can forget about what happened my freshman, sophomore and junior years we finally did it." , . CROUP IV FINAL , " Bricfc Memorial 2, Waynt Valley 0 , Brick Memorial (24-1) 2 O 2 Wayne Valley (23-l-l) GoalsAssists: Harney (T. Brady) 26:52; Hamey 27:48; Saves: (B) Woolley 3; (W) Rabcow 10; Shots: Brick Memorial 18-3. .,' Midway through the half, Lauren Krzan took a through ball from Froehlich, but her left-footed blast banged off the crossbar. "In the second half, we moved Tara to center forward and Maureen McLaughlin to stopper," said Eagles coach Kris Kurzynowski. "In the last 20 minutes, we went to a three back, four midfielder, three striker situation and that seemed to put a lot of pressure on them. Our girls showed a tremendous amount of heart They worked really hard all season long. They tried as hard as they could and they never gave up." CROUP II FINAL Ramapo 2, Middtetown South 0 oo o -20 2 ,1 Mil i PETER ACKERMANStaff Photographer GoaHAssists: Benevento (Glaubach) 12:33: Reed (Friedman) 15 45; Saves: (M) Hrt 5. (R) Ov terkom 2 Middletown South's Courtney Bongiolatti (left) battles with Ra- ' mapo's Katie KJeinert for control of the ball yesterday. . 1- -ArlJSc W.Ui:iin' i mmm mk mmm Ami

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