Senior defenseman Brolin Cruz kept Absegami High School's boys soccer season alive with the final goal in a shootout to beat visiting Washington Township 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in the opening round of the South Jersey Group IV tournament Tuesday.

After two scoreless overtime periods, Absegami, the No. 8 seed, won the coin toss and elected to shoot second.

Ninth-seeded Washington Township missed chances to score on its third and fourth attempts, giving the Braves an edge going into the final round.

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Payne Vazquez scored an unassisted goal from inside the 18-yard line in the 23rd minute to put Absegami on the board first.

Washington Township's Eric Jordan answered 10 minutes later to tie the game 1-1.

Absegami's Ryan Taylor recorded six saves in regulation and overtime.

The Braves will play at top-seeded Cherokee in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Washington Township 1 0 0 0-1

Absegami 1 0 0 0-1

Absegami wins 4-3 in shootout

Goals-Jordan WT; Vazquez A.

Goalies-Ditulio (6) WT;Taylor (6) A.

Records-Absegami 13-4-1.

Girls volleyball

Southern Regional 2, Absegami 0

The third-seeded Southern Regional High School girls volleyball team swept No. 14 Absegami in the first round of the South Jersey Group IV playoffs Tuesday. Game scores were 25-14, 25-22.

For Southern, Alex Andriani recorded 16 assists, Alexa Comfort had 14 digs and Allison Lotz pounded 10 kills. The Rams improved to 24-6 and will host sixth-seeded Marlboro on Thursday.

Senior middle hitter Christina Monroe led Absegami (11-11) with eight kills, eight blocks and six digs. Senior setter Hailey Marr recorded 10 assists and five digs for the Braves.

Girls tennis

Egg Harbor Township 4, Absegami 1


Singles-Jenn Swentkowski EHT d. Alyssa Brady 6-0, 6-3; Vida Torres EHT d. Laura Natasi 3-6, 6-2, 6-2; Katie Garthaus EHT d. Melissa Kelley 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Doubles-Maria Ibarra-Sophie Fernandez EHT d. Blair Cournoyer-Golda Mier Valmoria 6-3, 7-5; Olivia Conover-Carolyn Harrison A d. Taylor McHugh-Jackie Dayrit 6-3, 6-0.

Records-Absegami 5-12; EHT 7-9.



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