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May 11, 1998 | By Brian Miller, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
One of the major upsides to the enthusiasm created by West Chester Henderson's run to the PIAA Class AAA fall girls' soccer championship, and the mythical national championship the Warriors also realized, was that all seven of the team's seniors will be playing college soccer next fall. "And that's the first time that's ever happened," said coach Peter Rohall, whose last three teams have all made it to the state finals. "The most we've ever had gone on in the past was in 1995, and that year two [players]
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April 18, 2001 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As far as builders go, Tim Lenahan has earned the reputation as the Bob Vila of men's college soccer. A 1977 graduate of Overbrook High School, Lenahan has turned struggling programs at Richard Stockton and Lafayette into big winners. He's now about to take on his biggest challenge. Last month, Lenahan was named the head coach at Northwestern. Playing in the Big Ten Conference, which includes perennial NCAA title contender Indiana, Northwestern is coming off an 0-17-1 season and lost to Michigan State, 6-0, in the conference tournament.
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October 18, 1996 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Lenape's Jenica Bridges gets the ball on a soccer field, fear can be seen in defenders' eyes. This 5-foot-3 bundle of energy has a variety of moves, and all a backpedaling defender can hope for is some help from scrambling teammates. "I think Jenica is the best player in South Jersey," Triton soccer coach Bob Mannino said, after he watched her score against the Mustangs in a game Triton won, 3-1. ". . . She is a complete player. " She also has been a member of the Olympic Development Program (ODP)
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November 17, 1993 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Freshman soccer player Rich Wilmot has a critic at Penn State. "I feel the season could have been more productive," the critic said. The critic was Rich Wilmot. The former Harriton High soccer star was in the minority, however, considering the accolades Big Ten Conference coaches tossed his way and the success the Nittany Lions had in the regular season. Conference coaches voted Wilmot the Big Ten's freshman of the year recently. Penn State coach Barry Gorman put Wilmot in the starting lineup at the beginning of the season and watched the freshman score seven goals and dish off for seven assists to rank third on the team in scoring.
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September 30, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
THE HISTORIC football rivalry between Army and Navy continues Dec. 12 at Lincoln Financial Field, but it won't be the only Philly-flavored matchup between the schools in 2015, as their soccer teams will face off 7 p.m. Friday in the Army-Navy Cup IV at PPL Park. Seventh-year Navy head coach Dave Brandt and the Midshipmen (4-4-1, 1-0 Patriot League) lead the Cup matchup with a 2-0-1 record. After the teams played to a scoreless tie in 2012, Navy won the next two meetings; both wins were 1-0, in the second overtime period, with the game-winning goal in the 107th minute each time.
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October 11, 2012
Many of the best college soccer players in the country don't play college soccer. They are still in college, still of college age, but they also are professionals. Several never played a minute of college soccer. A number of Union players are in this category. Full salary-drawing professionals but also college students, taking online courses at schools such as Penn State, Community College of Philadelphia, Delaware County Community College, and UCLA. "It's very similar to actually being in college," Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath said of taking courses online through Penn State.
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October 10, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
As South Jersey soccer recruits go, Tziarra King is a bit against the grain. She isn't an Olympic Development player or even a high-level club player. She isn't on one of the area's perennial powers, and she has never won a conference or state championship. A Winslow resident her entire life, King will tell you her town doesn't exactly have an overwhelming soccer culture. But King started playing the sport when she was 4 years old. And she loved it. And ever since, that's really all that mattered.
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October 2, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Charge traded forward Mandy Clemens to the San Jose CyberRays yesterday for a first-round draft pick. Clemens had a disappointing season. Her offensive production fell off, and she ended up as a reserve after Marinette Pichon emerged as the team's leading scorer. With the acquisition of the pick from San Jose, the Charge have three first-round picks for the draft, which will be held early next year. Clemens, 24, is the Charge's fourth all-time leading scorer with 21 points, trailing Pichon (29)
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March 27, 2002 | By Rich Fisher INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Triton graduate and Stockton senior Jeff Moore signed with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars yesterday, but Moore would hardly call it a dream come true. Only because he never dared dream it. "It's never really been a dream," said Moore, who will be wearing No. 6 in his Major League Soccer debut tonight when the MetroStars host the Columbus Crew at Giants Stadium. "When I played high school soccer, I never even thought I would play college soccer. And when I played college soccer, I never thought I would play pro soccer.
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February 21, 1998 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Delran's Christine Kasprzak, a three-year starting midfielder, will play her college soccer at Drexel. Kasprzak signed a letter of intent with Drexel on Thursday evening. She was a first-team all-Burlington County Liberty Division selection last fall, when the Bears went 17-3-2 and were ranked fifth in South Jersey by The Inquirer. An unsung midfielder also known for her defensive skill, Kasprzak scored six goals as a senior. Kasprzak said she received a partial academic and a partial soccer scholarship.
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November 29, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
There are some South Jersey soccer diehards who still found the moment - however triumphant it was - just a little unsettling when it hit the ears. Earlier this week, Madison Tiernan, a former Eastern great, headed in the winner in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for Rutgers. The goal was set up by a sharp, bending corner kick from Kenie Wright. Yes, that Kenie Wright, the former Inquirer first-team All-South Jersey midfielder from Lenape. The thought of Eastern and Lenape girls' soccer joining forces is akin to Spiderman fighting crime with the Green Goblin.
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October 1, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
In this country, top soccer honchos tend to turn their nose at college soccer. Too many time limits, not enough play. That's no way to become a soccer nation. Yet in the more established soccer nations, talented players look at this country with some mix of wonder and excitement. You can go to school, tuition-free, and play competitive soccer? And pro leagues will scout you? Where's my letter of intent? (And what's a letter of intent?) How do I get on the plane? What's this have to do with Temple emerging this fall as a local power after winning just two games in 2014?
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September 30, 2015 | BY TOM REIFSNYDER, Daily News Staff Writer reifsnt@phillynews.com
THE HISTORIC football rivalry between Army and Navy continues Dec. 12 at Lincoln Financial Field, but it won't be the only Philly-flavored matchup between the schools in 2015, as their soccer teams will face off 7 p.m. Friday in the Army-Navy Cup IV at PPL Park. Seventh-year Navy head coach Dave Brandt and the Midshipmen (4-4-1, 1-0 Patriot League) lead the Cup matchup with a 2-0-1 record. After the teams played to a scoreless tie in 2012, Navy won the next two meetings; both wins were 1-0, in the second overtime period, with the game-winning goal in the 107th minute each time.
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August 9, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
A couple of little guys with some ball skills of their own already traded high fives and fist bumps and hellos with Union players earlier this week as the players strolled off the practice field along the Delaware River. The last Union player off the field, Zach Pfeffer, stopped for a little chat. The little guys sent him toward the locker room with a "Thanks, Mr. Pfeffer. " That may have been the first "Mr. Pfeffer" Zach had received in his life. Pfeffer has always been the young guy, the phenom, a pro as a high school sophomore at age 15. Now he's a seasoned 20, making under six figures in salary but real money.
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November 23, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mario Mandescu has stepped on a soccer field countless times in his career. Sunday will be different. "We can't lose," Mandescu said of the Group 1 state championship game between Haddon Township and Harrison at 3 p.m. Sunday at Kean University. There's no guarantee that Mandescu and his teammates will walk off the field with a victory and a state championship trophy. But this much is a lock: The game will mark the end of the line as high school players for Mandescu and his fellow seniors.
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November 13, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
The line wound around the funeral home, snaked across the front hall past the Pele photo and out the front door, down the sidewalk to the next block, around a corner. Here's the thing: People in that line outside the Stretch Funeral Home in Havertown last week were pleased it was so long, up to 21/2 hours, to honor George Severini. Not just John Chaney paid his respects but grade school girls wearing matching camp T-shirts. An Immaculata University soccer player was there to explain to the family that if it weren't for George, he wouldn't be playing college soccer.
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October 10, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
As South Jersey soccer recruits go, Tziarra King is a bit against the grain. She isn't an Olympic Development player or even a high-level club player. She isn't on one of the area's perennial powers, and she has never won a conference or state championship. A Winslow resident her entire life, King will tell you her town doesn't exactly have an overwhelming soccer culture. But King started playing the sport when she was 4 years old. And she loved it. And ever since, that's really all that mattered.
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December 16, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
This is the type of extended homecoming that Zack Steffen was hoping for. The Maryland goalie will be concluding his freshman soccer season by playing in the College Cup championship game against Notre Dame at 3 p.m. Sunday at PPL Park in Chester. Not only is Steffen a graduate of Downingtown West, but he is a product of the Union youth academy. He estimates that 20 to 30 friends and family members were at the 2-1 semifinal win Friday over rival Virginia. Steffen said even more local supporters will be there Sunday.
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December 14, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Mexico's Kyle Venter had a reaction similar to that of most amateur and professional soccer players seeing PPL Park for the first time. Venter, a senior defender, and his teammates had a walk-through on a chilly Thursday morning in preparation for Friday's College Cup soccer semifinals at the stadium in Chester. In the 5 p.m. game, New Mexico (14-5-2) will face Notre Dame (15-1-6). Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Maryland (16-3-5) and Virginia (13-5-5) will meet in the 7:30 p.m. semifinal.
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September 16, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Columnist
Haddonfield senior Kylie Kirk had rarely spent time on the sidelines, but a series of events last year changed that, gave her a greater appreciation of soccer, and opened her eyes to the business of college athletics. Among the top midfielders in South Jersey, Kirk suffered a badly sprained ankle in late September and didn't return until Haddonfield's final game of the season in the state tournament, a 1-0, second-round defeat to Cinnaminson on Nov. 8. "It was the first time I ever have been hurt, and it really was just a bummer because I love the high school season so much," Kirk said.
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