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Annechino's Three Goals Lift Blues Past Bergen County Community College

October 12, 2012 by admin

By Mike Ready

Lincroft - Kyle Annechino (Neptune HS) captured soccer's own version of the hat trick, scoring three goals in the Blues 4-0 win, Oct. 4 at Brookdale.

     With Andrew Lyon (Howell HS) out for at least three weeks due to an emergency appendectomy, the Blues needed someone to step up, and Annechino fit the bill.

     Before Annechino's heroics, Justin Gregory (Wall HS) put the Blues in front 1-0, after a Bergen hand ball infraction gave the Blues a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box.

     Gregory buried the line drive shot to the right of the goalkeeper for his fifth goal of the season.

     Captain Pat Holliday (Howell HS) then put on a fabulous display of ball handling. Gaining possession of the ball about five yards outside the 18-yard box and to the right of the goalkeeper, he juked two Bergen defenders before finding Annechino all alone in front of the goal. Annechino calmly slipped the ball past the overmatched Bergen goalkeeper.

     The half ended with Brookdale firmly in control, while holding onto the most precarious lead in soccer, 2-0.

     Ten minutes into the second half, Annechino scored his second goal. Keith Monagham (Red Bank Regional) battled a Bergen defender for possession, gained control, and found Annechino anticipating the play in front of the net for the goal.

     Annechino seemed to be in the right place at the right time all day long, and exept for some timely saves by the Bergen goalkeeper, could have had four or five goals.

     In minute 77 of the contest, Tyler Gilson (Red Bank Regional) bounced one off a defender, and Annechino somehow gained control of the bouncing ball to fire it into the net to complete his hat trick and a 4-0 Brookdale win. It was Brad Bennett's (Middletown South) 11th shutout of the year, which leads all NJCAA DIII goalkeepers.

     Tuesday's home game against Camden County College (6-3-2, 4-2-2) was played in a constant drizzle and sporadic downpours, slowly transforming the field into an unplayable condition. But the two teams didn't allow the weather to dampen their spirits, and the game went on as planned.

     The Cougars came into the game winning five of the last six games, including a 3-0 win against Bergen County, and a 2-1 loss to Union, so the Blues knew they had their work cut out for them.

     Brookdale (10-1-1, 7-0-1) had not given up a goal since their Sept. 2, 2-1 loss to Maryland DI power Anne Arundel Community College (8 straight.) That incredible streak came to an end in minute 47, when GSAC player of the week, Jacob Benton found Charles Scavuzzo for the game's first score.

     Brookdale tied the game in minute 73, when Marco Fernandes (Manalapan HS) netted his third goal of the season. Thomas Vasquez (Middletown HS) found Fernandes alone at the top of the goalie area about 20 yards out. Fernandes beat the goalkeeper to his right into the far corner.

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