November 21, 2014 |
NEPTUNE, N.J. - A penalty kick banked off the post. Open looks sailed just wide or over the crossbar. On the opposite end of the field, shots were flying toward the back of the net as if they were being pulled in by a magnet. For the Lenape girls' soccer team, it was just another night in Neptune. For the third straight year, the Indians stepped onto the Summerfield Elementary School soccer field for the state Group 4 semifinal and suffered a frustrating loss on the frigid turf.
November 19, 2014 |
This has been a season of great accomplishments for the Audubon girls' soccer team, one that has included a school record for wins, the 200th career victory for its head coach and the first sectional title in the 16-year history of the program. One has to wonder: What would have happened if the Green Wave had better health? Despite various injuries along the way, Audubon (19-3) will meet Shore (17-5-1) Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the state Group 1 semifinal at Eastern. One Audubon player who has overcome adversity is Maria Granato, who scored the winning goal with 12 seconds left in a 1-0 South Jersey Group 1 championship win over Haddon Heights.
November 17, 2014 |
A WEEK after Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz pledged the club would develop the optimal management structure for its first team and youth academy, chairman/owner Jay Sugarman unveiled a key detail in that plan. The Union plans to hire a permanent sporting director to "oversee and elevate all our soccer operations," Sugarman revealed yesterday. The sporting director will report directly to ownership and feature someone "with deep experience in player development, player evaluation and player performance at both the youth and championship levels," Sugarman said.
November 12, 2014 |
His team needed a big goal. Derek MacKinnon supplied two of them. MacKinnon scored two second-half goals Monday to rally the Washington Township boys' soccer team to a 2-1 victory over visiting Cherokee in the semifinals of the South Jersey Group 4 tournament. "I just happened to be the lucky one to be on the end of the goals," MacKinnon said. "My teammates did a great job of setting me up. " The victory advanced Washington Township (23-1), the No. 2 seed and No. 1 team in The Inquirer Top 10, to Thursday's 2 p.m. sectional final at home against fifth-seeded Toms River North.
November 8, 2014 |
Title-clinching goal last year? Check. This year's championship-winning assist? Check. Back-to-back Friends Schools League boys' soccer titles for Michael Burns and the Shipley Gators? Check, check. Burns, a junior forward, served a 40-yard diagonal cross to Konrad Bulanowski for the game-winner for the No. 1 seeded Gators as they rolled past No. 3 Westtown, 4-1, in the Friends Schools League final Friday afternoon. The win clinched the hosts' seventh title in 10 seasons. Burns had scored the winner in last year's 1-0 title-game triumph, also against Westtown.
November 8, 2014 |
Jorge "George" Severini, 67, of Havertown, a soccer lifer who coached boys at Haverford High School for 22 years and ran youth camps for a quarter-century, died of a heart attack Wednesday, Oct. 29. Mr. Severini was Haverford's head coach from 1989 to 2010, winning the Central League championship in 1994. He was named the league's coach of the year both that season and in 2002. He spent the last four seasons at Lower Merion, where he assisted head coach Nico Severini, one of his two sons.
November 7, 2014 |
SUNDAY MARKED the last regular-season game for senior forward Kelsey Haycook, the most prolific goal scorer in La Salle women's soccer history. Haycook, a native of Point Pleasant, N.J., is the school recordholder in both career goals (58) and points (138). She and the fellow members of the team's senior class have revitalized coach Paul Royal's program, as the No. 1-seeded Explorers begin their quest for a third straight Atlantic 10 championship at 11 a.m. today against eighth-seeded Massachusetts in the conference tournament at Dayton, Ohio.
November 6, 2014 |
Imani Gaines stopped shots from the second, fourth, and fifth shooters in penalty kicks, and the Millville girls' soccer team advanced past host Clearview in the first round of the South Jersey Group 4 playoffs Tuesday. The score was tied, 1-1, after two overtimes. Gaines made 17 saves for the Thunderbolts, who were seeded ninth. Brooke Muhlbaier tied the game for Millville with 3 minutes, 53 seconds left in regulation. Victoria Flynn had the goal for the No. 8 Pioneers. In other first-round games: Williamstown 3, Vineland 0 - MaryKate Ulmer knocked in two goals during the top-seeded Minutemaids' home win over the No. 16 Fighting Clan.
October 31, 2014 |
At the start of the season, Haddon Heights coach Brad Kent set a few goals. At the completion of Wednesday's home soccer game, the Garnets accomplished one of them. Haddon Heights (14-4-0 overall) clinched the program's first Colonial Conference Patriot Division championship with a 2-0 victory over division rival Haddon Township. Alex Pease started the scoring in the first half and assisted Sara Roselle on her second-half goal. Kacie Pisani made four saves. "We are very pleased," Kent said.
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.