David Hicks scored the game-winner 19 minutes into the second half as the third-seeded Middle Township High School boys soccer team edged 14th-seeded Manchester Township 1-0 in a South Jersey Group II first-round playoff game Tuesday.
Alijah Broadnax had the assist. Goalies Steven Hand and Tanner Kerr combined for the Panthers’ 11th shutout of the season.
Middle, No. 11 in The Press Elite 11, will play 11th-seeded Atlantic County Institute of Technology in the quarterfinals on a date to be determined.
Manchester Township 0 0—0
Middle Township 0 1—1
Goalies—Hand (1)/Kerr (1) MID; Mcatier (12) MAN.
Records—Middle 16-3; Manchester 5-15.
S.J. Group III first round
(9) Lacey Township 4,
(8) Central Regional 0
Kevin Tonkovich led Lacey with two goals and an assist. Matt Opacity also scored and had an assist. Anthony Palino also had a goal for the Lions.
Lacey goalie Paul Lynch made 12 saves in the shutout.
Lacey Township 0 4—4
Central Regional 0 0—0
Goals—Tonkovich (2), Palino, Opacity LT.
Goalies—Lynch (12) LT.
Records—Lacey 8-10; Central 10-7.
(10) Burlington Township 1,
(7) Ocean City 0, OT
Further details were unavailable.
Burlington Township 0 0 1—1
Ocean City 0 0 0—0
Goalies—McCardell (6) OC.
S.J. Group II first round
(10) Atlantic County Institute of Technology 3,
(7) Cedar Creek 1
Nate Henry scored two goals and assisted on the third as Atlantic County Institute of Technology won its first playoff game in the school’s first varsity season. Henry’s brother Andrew also scored for the Redhawks. ACIT goalie Chris Vargas had nine saves and an asisst on Nate Henry’s first goal.
The Redhawks advance to play at No. 2 seed Middle Township in the quarterfinals at a date to be determined.
ACIT 0 3—3
Cedar Creek 0 1—1
Goals—A. Henry, N. Henry (2) ACIT. Crane CC.
Goalies—Vargas (9) ACIT. Boney (9).
Records—ACIT 10-8-1, CC 10-6-3.