November 17, 2015 |
A 10-year-old with sparkling eyes and a brilliant smile, Neilek has a great sense of humor and boundless energy, which he channels into sports. His favorites are football and soccer, followed by swimming. For a breather, he plays video games and watches cartoons on TV. The best days of the year, he says, are his birthday and Christmas, because he feels special and receives gifts. Neilek aspires to be a scientist or a professional football player. Inquisitive and interested in learning, he is an A/B student and proud of it. Math and science are his favorite subjects.
November 16, 2015 |
"Where's our corner-kick taker?" Conestoga coach Dave Zimmerman asked his players, who were assembled in matching sweats in a postgame huddle on the Souderton sideline. Nick Jennings, the man in question, raised his hand. " Yeeeaaah ," his teammates cheered him on. "Hat trick," Zimmerman retorted. Well, not exactly, but it did the job just the same. Conestoga scored goals off three corners - the ball coming off Jennings' foot every time - as the Pioneers beat West Chester Henderson, 4-1, Saturday in the PIAA Class AAA boys' soccer quarterfinals.
November 15, 2015 |
After Washington Township graduated one of the most accomplished classes in South Jersey boys' soccer history, the conventional wisdom was that the Minutemen would take a couple of steps back in 2015. But that line of thinking failed to account for the "fire" inside Mike Roscioli, the grit inside Ryan Logar, and the determination inside most of the team's seniors to create their own legacy. "It lit a fire inside me," Roscioli said after scoring the first goal in top-seeded Washington Township's 2-0 victory over Eastern in the South Jersey Group 4 title game on Friday afternoon.
November 14, 2015 |
The Moorestown Friends' boys' and girls' soccer teams each left Holmdel on Thursday night with a South Jersey Non-Public B championship. Chloe Jones scored the winner for the top-seeded Foxes off a rebound to seal a 3-2 double overtime victory over third-seeded Holy Spirit, earning the girls team their second consecutive title. Chloe Chen and Alyssa Runyan also scored. In the boys' matchup, Chris Grahn and Eric Price scored for the third-seeded Foxes in a 2-0 win over No. 8 Holy Cross.
November 14, 2015 |
Goalie Pietro Berghella's punch gave Germantown Friends a chance on Thursday. A.J. Mowafi's kick provided the knockout blow. After two scoreless overtimes, Berghella dove to his left and used both fists to turn away host Episcopal Academy's third penalty kick. Two shooters later, Mowafi left-footed it past the goalie to complete a perfect round of PKs, and the 10th-seeded Tigers advanced, 5-3, in the first round of the PAISAA state boys' soccer tournament. It was the first state playoff win in program history.
November 12, 2015 |
Niki Clements said she thinks about it every day: A last-minute goal to tie the game. An overtime loss. A promising season cut short. After the Christopher Dock girls' soccer team defeated Conwell-Egan, 3-1, Tuesday night in the PIAA Class A playoffs, it was on the senior's mind again. So, what is it? It is the goal Trinity scored with 30 second left in the state quarterfinals last year, the one that paved the way for the Pioneers' overtime loss. That moment has left its mark on Dock.
November 11, 2015 |
Soccer can frustrate the best of teams because of the degree of difficulty in scoring goals. That's not a problem for the Eastern girls' soccer team these days. The Vikings are focused on playing with an "easy mind-set," according to senior striker Rachel Wood. "Our confidence level is very high but not too high," Wood said after scoring the first goal in Eastern's 2-0 victory over Washington Township in the semifinals of the South Jersey Group 4 tournament. Junior Amirah Ali, who assisted on Wood's goal, added her 36th marker of the season as second-seeded Eastern (22-1-1)
November 6, 2015 |
Growing up in Monrovia, Liberia, Phedel Saye played soccer in the streets of his country's capital. His parents, Wilfred and Helena, encouraged him to play as often as he could, so much so that the forward joked that they "forced him" outside sometimes. When he was 12 years old, Saye and his family left Liberia. But before that, for seven years, he learned how to play the game in much different conditions than those of a grassy yard. After he moved to Philadelphia, he took his talents to Northeast.
November 5, 2015 |
Members of the Atlantic City boys' soccer team have been turning up in some unfamiliar places. With a record number of club players, certain Vikings can be found on the weekends roaming fields as far away as Glassboro. But a 2-0 victory over visiting Toms River North on Tuesday left the Vikings in the most foreign place yet - the second round of the playoffs. It was the first playoff win in program history for fourth-seeded Atlantic City, which has had a team since 1979. Atlantic City, which won its record 14th game, hosts No. 5 Rancocas Valley on Friday in the South Jersey Group 4 quarterfinals.
November 3, 2015 |
For 18 games this season, Stefano Aiello-Pang sat on the bench with the Roman Catholic soccer team in his No. 28 jersey and warm-up sweats knowing he wouldn't get into the contest. Last season, Aiello-Pang was a starting center back for the Cahillites, but he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament Oct. 3 and was out for the remainder of the year. Months of rehabilitation followed, but Aiello-Pang couldn't get back on the soccer field, unable to pass the test in order to get cleared.