BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer The Mater Dei High School girls soccer team probably would have been content with simply making the state playoffs this year, coming off a two-win campaign a year ago. But then the Seraphs, seeded eighth in the Non-Public South B bracket, found out who their quarterfinal-round opponent would be, top-seeded Cardinal McCarrick, and realized that just making the playoffs wasn’t necessarily enough. With a 2-1 win earlier this year over the Eagles under their belts, the Seraphs went into last Thursday’s game as anything but an underdog, and played that way en route to an impressive 3-0 win. The Seraphs (11-7) dominated play against McCarrick (13-3-1), getting their first goal when Karen Florio knocked in Addison Sargisoff’s corner kick in the 20th minute. Florio found the back of the net again at the 52-minute mark off a pass from freshman Deanna Dini, and assisted on the Seraph’s final goal. The Mater Dei defense was stellar in front of goalie Jamie Coppa, who only needed to make seven saves to register her seventh shutout of the season. With the win, the Seraphs earned a trip to Pennsauken on Monday, to play fourth-seeded Bishop Eustace in the semifinals. Eustace knocked off fifth-seeded St. Rose, 7-0, in their quarterfinal game. The winner will play the winner of the other semifinal between Our Lady of Mercy (Newfield) and Holy Spirit (Absecon) in the sectional final, scheduled for tomorrow. Mater Dei entered Monday’s game with nothing to lose. A win there would create a similar situation tomorrow. Teams exceeding expectations come playoff time can be very dangerous. Just ask Cardinal McCarrick. Elsewhere on the local scene, the Middletown North girls continued their march through the postseason on Thursday with a 2-1 win over a good Jackson team in the Central Jersey Group IV quarterfinals. Jenn Anzivino continued her stellar play, assisting on the first Lion goal when she hit Laura Szatmary with a cross in front of the Jaguar net in the 26th minute, before scoring the game-winner in the 51st minute on a penalty kick. This was a highly competitive game, with shots tied at eight apiece, but in the end, it was the Shore Conference champions Lions (16-1) who found a way to win, as they have done time and again this fall. With the win, the top-seeded Lions moved on to Monday’s semifinals, where they were to host Steinert, a 1-0 winner over Howell in the quarterfinals. In that game, the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie through regulation. Officials called the Steinert field unplayable for the overtime and the two teams returned to Steinert on Friday. This time, the game was decided in regulation, with Steinert coming away with a 1-0 victory. Monday’s winner advanced to the section final, scheduled for tomorrow, against the winner of the East Brunswick-Brick Memorial semifinal. This final should be a classic, regardless of Monday’s winner, when you consider that Middletown North is the Shore Conference champion, East Brunswick is the Greater Middlesex Conference champion, and Brick Memorial is the defending CJ Group IV champion. The Lion’s crosstown rivals from Middletown South lost to Red Bank in their North Jersey Section II, Group IV opener, 4-1, while the Holmdel Hornets beat Voorhees, 4-3 in their opener, before being knocked out by Scotch Plains on Thursday, 5-0. The St. John Vianney Lancers, the second seed in the Non-Public South A bracket, advanced to the second round with a 6-0 win over Notre Dame last week, and was set to take on third-seeded Gloucester Catholic on Monday in the quarterfinals. The finals are scheduled for tomorrow. On the boys side of play, both the CBA Colts and the St. John Vianney Lancers advanced out of the first round of the Non-Public South A tournament, and were scheduled to play their second-round games yesterday. The third-seeded Colts beat No. 6 Monsignor Donovan, 2-0, on Friday, thanks to the continued stellar play of Robbie Larocca (goal and an assist) and goalie Mike Giallombardo (three saves). With the win, the Shore Conference champion Colts earned a game yesterday with No. 7 seed St. Joseph’s of Metuchen, who shocked second-seeded St. Augustine, 2-1, Friday. The Lancers, seeded fourth, knocked off Holy Cross, 2-1, when Rob Hollywood and Rhyan Nelson worked a perfect give-and-go in the overtime session, with Hollywood depositing the game-winner. With the win, the Lancers earned a trip to Lawrenceville yesterday, where top-seeded Notre Dame awaited. The winners of yesterday’s games will meet in the sectional final, scheduled for Friday. Middletown North’s boys beat a good Sayreville team, 4-1, on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the CJ Group IV bracket. The Lions, the top seed, were set to take on Marlboro yesterday, with a trip to the sectional finals on the line. Marlboro, the 13th seed, knocked off fourth-seeded Franklin and Freehold Township to earn its shot at the Lions. The Lions’ crosstown rivals from Middletown South are experiencing similar success in the North II, Group III tourney, having won its first two state games. The Eagles started their run with a 3-1 win over Red Bank Regional on Nov. 2, and then followed that up on Friday with a 2-1 win over top-seeded Montgomery. Thomas Campbell scored both goals for the Eagles on Friday, with the second coming on a penalty kick with four minutes remaining. With the win, the Eagles (13-8-1) earned a home game in the semifinals yesterday, and were set to take on 12th-seeded Ridge, who knocked off fourth-seeded Voorhees, 1-0, on Friday. The winner will play for the sectional title on Friday.