Dominic DosSantos scored the game-winning goal in the first overtime for sixth-seeded Pinelands Regional High School (9-4-1) to upset No. 3 Mainland Regional 3-2 in the quarterfinals of the South Jersey Group III playoffs.
DosSantos was assisted by Kieran Sundermann, who scored the first goal for the Wildcats who were down 2-0 in the second half. Tony Aguilar scored with 10 minutes left in regulation to send the game into overtime.
“It’s a good feeling, and we were confident going into the game,” Pinelands coach Nino Scotto di Carlo said.
Last year, Pinelands lost to Mainland in the semifinals 5-2. Mainland went on to win the S.J. Group III title with a 2-1 victory against Ocean City.
“It was disappointing going down two-nothing, but our resolve was impressive today,” Scott di Carlo said. “To win the game after being down with only 20 minutes left, and to score in the ways that we did while also having a chance to win in regulation was impressive. The guys are happy. We’re all pretty elated right now.
“We executed our game plan and had a solid performance all around the field.”
Pinelands will host No. 7 Cherry Hill West in the semifinals Monday. The Lions upset No. 2 Ocean City in the other quarterfinal.
“I know Cherry Hill is a good team,” said Scott di Carlo. “We’ll see. We’re confident. If they beat Ocean City, they must be a good team, but we just beat the former South Jersey Group III champs so we’re feeling good.”
Jack Sarkos scored both second-half goals for the Mustangs (14-6), the No. 6 team in The Press Elite 11.
“We’re disappointed,” Mainland coach Chris Meade said. “When it’s a home game with a 2-0 lead, the last thing that would ever come out of our mouths would be to protect a lead. We didn’t answer when they started to pressure us. At that point in the game, when you’re battling, you want to answer back, but we were over-playing our midfield.”