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November 25, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - After 80 minutes of lopsided soccer, one question lingered: How did only four shots get past Haddon Township goalie Kieran Burns? In Sunday's Group 1 state title game, the Haddon Township boys' soccer team met a speedy, aggressive, technically sound Harrison team that it could not contain. The Blue Tide pummeled Haddon Township in a 4-0 victory on the turf at Kean University. But for Burns, the team's sophomore keeper, the game was a clear indication of the bright future awaiting the burgeoning star, who allowed four goals but saved 12 shots in an acrobatic, gutsy performance.
SPORTS
November 25, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
UNION, N.J. - Once senior midfielder Zach Burns scored the game's only goal in the 15th minute, the countdown began for the Washington Township boys' soccer team. Sixty-five minutes to go . . . 40 minutes to go . . . 20 minutes to go. "That was the longest second half I've ever been involved in," Washington Township boys' soccer coach Shane Snyder said after his team's 1-0 victory over Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the Group 4 state championship game. But a little after 2 o'clock on a clear, cool Sunday afternoon at Kean University, all the waiting was over for the Minutemen and their fans.
SPORTS
November 21, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
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.
SPORTS
November 21, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
NEPTUNE, N.J. - Instead of huddling for a team meeting, the Washington Township boys' soccer team lined up and faced the scoreboard. "Our coaches told us to look at it. They told us there's no way we could allow ourselves to leave here with that scoreboard saying 2-1, them," Derek MacKinnon said of his team's unorthodox gathering between the first and second overtime periods. Thirty seconds into the second overtime, MacKinnon fulfilled his coaches' wish. He headed in a perfect pass from Dan Marino to give Washington Township a 2-1 win over Manalapan Wednesday in the state Group 4 semifinals at Summerfield Elementary School.
SPORTS
November 21, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
In one sense, Jake Mulroy was the wrong man for the job. "That's not what I do," Mulroy said of scoring winning goals in the state semifinals or in any other match for the Haddon Township boys' soccer team. In another sense, Mulroy was right for the moment. He's a senior. He's a team leader. He's a key part of a deep, talented, and experienced squad that has set its sights on a state title since the summer. "We talked about that," Haddon Township coach Jim Bonder said after his team's 1-0 victory over Shore Regional in the Group 1 state semifinals Wednesday night at Eastern.
SPORTS
November 19, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
November 17, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
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.
SPORTS
November 12, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Paul Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By Lou Rabito, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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