November 8, 2014 |
Cherokee's offense came to life Thursday afternoon. After scoring only twice to edge 14th-seeded Shawnee on Monday, the third-seeded Chiefs netted five goals at home to power past No. 11 Lenape, 5-0, in a South Jersey Group 4 boys' soccer quarterfinal. Danny Hampton had a hat trick. Joe Dikmak and William Green also scored. Robert Gillin recorded a pair of assists. Rei Nozawa and Michael Olejnik contributed one assist apiece. Eamon McCarren, Jimmy Sanford, and Phillip D'Andrea combined for a six-save shutout.
November 6, 2014 |
Cherokee's Sam Rubin made 20 saves and stopped four penalty strokes Tuesday, and the No. 4 Chiefs advanced to the Central Jersey Group 4 field hockey final by defeating top-seeded host Freehold Boro. Cherokee won the penalty strokes, 2-1, after the teams tied, 1-1, through regulation and two overtimes. Joelle Wash scored the decisive stroke. C.J. Group 3 Field Hockey Semifinal Alex O'Donnell had a hat trick in top-seeded Moorestown's 7-0 home shutout of No. 5 Burlington Township.
November 2, 2014 |
Red and white balloons floated above the entrance to Rancocas Valley's new football stadium as Principal Emily Capella told the crowd over the public address that the field belonged to the students. That was the goal, but on the stadium's opening Saturday, Cherokee owned it. The Chiefs, who have already lost to three of The Inquirer's top five teams in South Jersey, needed a win and got one by knocking off previously unbeaten RV, 24-6. "It's always been about us," Cherokee's Ryan Vallen said.
October 31, 2014 |
It took a half, but the Cherokee offense came alive Wednesday. Cristian Ognibene and Mike Olejnik each scored second-half goals and the host Chiefs beat Shawnee, 2-0, in an Olympic American soccer game. Also in division play, Pete Monti and Jarrod Skole scored to give host Lenape a 2-1 victory over Cherry Hill West. Olympic National. Andreas Papadourakis scored twice, and Bishop Eustace downed visiting Paul VI, 3-0. Brian Keller also scored. Chrizian Duclos tallied two goals and Timber Creek rolled past visiting Winslow Township, 5-1. Brendan Atkinson, Nick DiEttore and Joe Dovell had the other goals.
October 31, 2014 |
To a seasoned soccer eye, the two quickly stand out. There's something harmonious in the way Danny Hampton and Robert Gillin play the sport. They are technically savvy, thoughtful in their moves, quick with their touches - they are two of the calmest players on the field, and yet they are two of the most dangerous. High school soccer sometimes gets a bad rap for being overly physical, too hard-nosed, not controlled enough. Gillin and Hampton - offensive juggernauts for the Cherokee boys' soccer team - are at the opposite end of that spectrum.
October 28, 2014 |
What stood out most was Lou Vilotti's composure. It had been 98 minutes of frustrating soccer, of bad luck and missed opportunities. But with 1 minute, 14 seconds left in double overtime, Vilotti squared up and buried a shot from 36 yards out into the top-right corner of the net. It sealed a 1-0 win for top-seeded Washington Township (17-1) over fifth-seeded Eastern (10-5-2) in Sunday's boys' soccer Coaches Tournament semifinals at Paul VI. Washington Township, the reigning Coaches Tournament champion, advanced to the title game against Cherokee on Saturday night, also at Paul VI. "I wanted the ball.
October 26, 2014 |
It has been sort of a running joke on the Shawnee football team. Dave Smith had talked about it for weeks. If the opportunity ever presented itself, Smith would take it. It was a promise Smith's coaches seemed to take half seriously. And with his team huddled around him after the win, Shawnee coach Tim Gushue laughed and made it clear: "I want everyone to know - we did not call that fake punt. " After Cherokee tied the game in the third quarter, Smith took matters into his own hands on fourth and 7 with his team in punt formation.
October 19, 2014 |
Ben Hunt knew where to rank this victory. "This goes right to the top," Hunt said after leading Lenape to a 24-16 victory over Cherokee in a West Jersey Football League clash of Top 10 teams on Friday night. Hunt, a senior two-way back, scored two touchdowns and made two interceptions as Lenape, the No. 10 team in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, improved to 5-0. The victory over Cherokee was the Indians' first over their school-district rival since 2007. "Four years, we've been waiting for this," Hunt said.
October 18, 2014 |
Here's a closer look at seven South Jersey football games on Friday night, with predictions. All the games will start at 7 o'clock, except for Glassboro-Camden, which will kick off at 6. No. 13 Glassboro (5-0) at No. 6 Camden (5-0). Glassboro has won 10 in a row, dating to last season's surge from a 2-5 record to the South Jersey Group 1 title. Senior running back Ronnie James, a Rutgers recruit who picked up a scholarship offer from Ohio State this week, leads the Bulldogs with 15 touchdowns.