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State Champs –
March 20, 2006

Jersey Shore Boca wins N.J. amateur title

Published on
March 20, 2006

Jersey Shore Boca captured the New Jersey Amateur Cup, defeating the German American Kickers, 2-1, in the championship game at the Eastern Soccer Complex in Berkeley Township, N.J. on Sunday night.

Kenny Masuhr broke a 1-1 tie in the 83rd minute.

Boca advances to the United States Adult Soccer Association regional amateur tournament later this spring for a chance to compete in the 2006 USASA National Amateur Cup this summer in Frisco, Texas.

Boca took a 1-0 lead mid-way through the first half when former Monmouth University and Central Regional High School standout John Carozza (Bayville, N.J.) won a 50-50 ball about 30 yards out, side-stepped a defender and ripped a left-footed shot past the goalkeeper.

GAK evened the score 1-1 in the 55th minute off a 20-yard free kick on the left side that deflected off several Boca defenders before finding its way into the back of the net.

In the 83rd minute, Boca’s Donny Gray (Toms River, N.J.) received a ball out of the back on the right side. The former Rutgers University and Toms River South High School midfielder moved into the middle third of the field then played a 40-yard ball to Masuhr (Island Heights, N.J.) streaking to the far post.

The former Monsignor Donovan HS and Richard Stockton College star and current Kean University Assistant coach collected the cross and buried the game winner to the near post to end the scoring for the match.

Boca’s experienced back three of Eddie Decker (Toms River East – East Stroudsburg University), Christian Treney (Toms River East – Methodist University) and Guy Lockwood (Southern Regional – Monmouth University) held the GAK to minimum scoring opportunities for the final six minutes.

Boca improved its overall record this year to 5-4-1. The team awaits its seeding and opponent in the USASA Regional Amateur Tournament.

The team is in fifth place out of ten teams in South Group of the Garden State Soccer League’s Semi-Pro Elite Division.

Treney along with former shore area player Ryan Applegate (Central Regional – Rowan University) are player-coaches of the team.

Published on
March 20, 2006