Rancocas Valley’s season-long reign as the top-ranked boys’ soccer team in The Inquirer’s South Jersey ratings may be in jeopardy after Delran knocked off the visiting Red Devils, 1-0, Wednesday.
The Burlington County League Liberty Division rivals were locked in a defensive struggle until the Bears’ Ali Gocmez scored off an assist from Jackson Machado with 4 minutes, 8 seconds left in the second half.
Brad Schmidt made four saves and protected the goal for the Bears (8-2), ranked No. 9 in South Jersey. The loss was the first for Rancocas (8-2), which built an 11-8 edge in shots, since a 3-2 setback at Salesianum (Del.) on Sept. 19.
Also in Burlington County, visiting Burlington Township (2-5-3) held No. 8 Cinnaminson (5-2-2) to a 1-1 standoff. The Pirates’ Eric Tricocci scored in the fifth minute, and Township knotted the score on Kwincy Brown’s goal with 11 minutes left before halftime.
Matt Peak managed an unassisted goal in the seventh minute, and Holy Cross’ defense made it stand up for a 1-0 win over visiting Northern Burlington. Goalie Mario DeClerico made 14 saves.
Florence also won by 1-0, clipping host Maple Shade on Chris Green’s unassisted goal with 25 minutes left. Goalie Kristian Ramos made seven saves for the Flashes.
After a 2-2 first half, Burak Ozdemir, who scored Burlington City’s first two goals unassisted, assisted on Enis Ozgurel’s goal with 32 minutes to play, securing a 3-2 win over visiting Riverside.
Myer Cooper scored a goal and assisted on Trey Callendar’s goal, fueling Willingboro’s 5-1 triumph over visiting Westampton Tech.
Pemberton goalie Rhyan Kinslon made four saves for a shutout, and Devon Garner, Tyler Pikunis and Cory Rellstab scored goals en route to a 3-0 win at Medford Tech.
Haddon Township took another step toward the Patriot Division title with a 6-2 win at Gateway in which Jay Casey scored three times, including a pair of header goals.
Vineland needed second-half goals by Josh Edgar and Andrew Turner to salvage a 2-2 draw with host Hammonton. For the Blue Devils, Shane Galligan scored an early goal and Joe Auleta netted a penalty kick with 30 minutes left for the tying goal.
Two goals by William Benosthene and two own goals propelled Absegami’s 8-2 victory at Atlantic City.
Paul VI’s second win was a 1-0 effort against visiting Moorestown Friends. Eric Romanowski scored the goal on a 15-yard shot in the second half.
Single goals by Andrew Ale, Sam Falzone, Clarence McCormick and Tommy Morris sent Cumberland (3-6-1) to a 4-1 upset at Millville (7-3). McCormick and Morris also had an assist apiece.