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NJSIAA soccer: Area teams get seeded for playoffs

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Written by Bill LeConey Wednesday, October 29, 2014 11:54 am

oaksoccer Jenna Sayers, left, and the Oakcrest girls soccer team will host Hammonton in the first round of the South Jersey Group III soccer tournament. The seedings for the NJSIAA high school soccer tournaments, boys and girls, were announced Wednesday at meetings in Robbinsville. Several Current-area teams found out where they are going and who they are playing when the playoffs begin next week.

In South Jersey Group III girls, Oakcrest is the No. 5 seed and will host No. 12 Hammonton in the first round. Also in Group III, No. 13 Mainland will travel to No. 4 Toms River South in the first round.

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NJSIAA soccer: OC boys, LCM girls earn top seeds

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:15 am

The NJSIAA released the pairings Wednesday for the boys and girls soccer state tournaments, which are set to begin early next week. Most high school soccer teams from Cape May County will participate.

In boys soccer, Ocean City is the No. 1 seed in South Jersey Group III. The defending sectional champions will host No. 16 Timber Creek in an opening-round game.

Middle Township has earned the No. 4 seed in South Jersey Group II. The Panthers will host No. 13 Cedar Creek in their first playoff game. Also in Group II, Lower Cape May is the No. 16 seed and will go to top-seeded Sterling in the first round.

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Raider field hockey team loses to USA's best

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, October 28, 2014 11:00 pm

Ocean City High School field hockey team, ranked No. 2 in South Jersey and No. 3 in the state, lost to Eastern, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, 6-1, Tuesday afternoon in Voorhees. Raider junior Maria Farnan scored the game's first goal with an assist from sophomore Alexis Paone to give Ocean City (18-1) a 1-0 lead.

Cory Terry’s team begins its quest for a third straight state championship on Thursday at Trish LeFever Field when it hosts Mainland. The Mustangs defeated Winslow, 9-0, on Monday in the first round of NJSIAA Group 3. OCHS, the No. 2 seeded team, had a bye in the first round. Thursday’s game is a rematch of last season’s South Jersey final.

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10-man Wildwood downs Cape Tech

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Written by Brian Cunniff Tuesday, October 28, 2014 07:52 pm

Jared Iriwn: hat trick vs. Cape Tech WILDWOOD – The Wildwood High School boys soccer team responded well to adversity Tuesday evening.

Powered by Jared Irwin’s hat trick and assist, the Warriors posted a 5-3 victory over Cape May Tech despite playing the last 55 minutes of the match with 10 players after standout midfielder Valentine Rodriguez was given his walking papers with a controversial red card. Rodriguez was booked after he became tangled with a Hawk player, the referee deciding he had seen Rodriguez throw a punch, although many close witnesses claimed not to see such action.

Regardless, the Warriors were forced to play short but responded by netting three successive goals after the interval to turn a 3-2 deficit into a two-goal victory.

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This month in OCHS Sports: October

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Written by Tom Williams Monday, October 27, 2014 11:58 pm

October 1999:

The OCHS field hockey team defeated Millville, 2-1, to hand the Thunderbolts their first loss and hold on to their No. 1 ranking in South Jersey. After Millville opened a 1-0 lead, Jenee Doto scored early in the second half to tie the score and Cory Picketts contributed the game-winner four minutes later. This team, coached by Trish LeFever, finished 20-0-3 and is the only undefeated OCHS field hockey team. Picketts, the current head coach of the Raiders, led South Jersey scoring for the second straight season with 36 goals and the team won its third straight state championship.

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ACHS field hockey registers milestone playoff victory

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Written by Bill LeConey Monday, October 27, 2014 10:57 pm

ACFH1 Bill LeConey/Atlantic City senior Abby Anmuth shoots on goal during Monday's playoff game against Millville. ATLANTIC CITY – Chalk up another first for the Atlantic City High School field hockey team: the Vikings celebrate with silly string.

The party was well deserved, of course, as they had just recorded the first playoff victory in program history, a 4-0 win over Millville Monday in a first-round South Jersey Group IV game at Atlantic City High School.

“It feels really good,” said first-year coach Ali Juliano after her team’s latest victory of a breakthrough season. “We’ve been working towards it the entire season, and we just continue to improve and to work together, and it really shows on the field.”

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Late arrival doesn't stop Cedar Creek

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Written by Brian Cunniff Sunday, October 26, 2014 10:40 am

ERMA – The Cedar Creek High School football team looked very prepared to play its game Saturday at Lower Cape May.

The Pirates just weren’t prepared for the game’s start time.

Cedar Creek, thinking the contest was scheduled for 2 p.m. instead of 1, didn’t arrive to Steven Steger Memorial Field until less than 30 minutes prior to kickoff. But the Pirates quickly warmed up, took the field and ran away from the Caper Tigers.

Leading 7-0 after one quarter, Cedar Creek exploded for 26 second-period points and rolled to a 46-0 victory, its second straight and third in the last four games.

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EHT Eagles net 10th win on wet, windy turf

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:53 pm

John Redding John Redding EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP - The conditions were about what you'd expect from a soccer game played in a driving, windswept rainstorm. But they suited John Redding and the Egg Harbor Township Eagles just fine.

Redding slipped loose to score one of two goals in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Atlantic City on EHT’s artificial turf field.

“I was looking for the through ball,” Redding said of his goal in the 77th minute, his seventh of the season. “No. 18 (Jon Gjyleri) sent me through with a great pass. I took on two defenders and used my speed. The goalie pressed and I toe-poked it in, left corner. My speed and strength are the key for me, and confidence on the ball.”

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Middle boys win county meet, OCHS girls cruise

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Written by Brian Cunniff Thursday, October 23, 2014 06:25 pm

Middle boys win county meet, OCHS girls cruise CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School boys cross country team was going to need top performances from its runners to have a chance to beat Ocean City at Thursday’s Cape May County championship race.

The Panthers got them.

Behind a first-place effort from senior Ryan Herlihy and personal-best times from its four other scorers, Middle Township won its first county cross country title in 19 years by nipping the South Jersey power Raiders, 29-34, in the race held at county park.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way we ran,” said Middle coach Ed Letts, who was a junior in 1995 when the program won its last county title. “Ryan came closing to tying his (personal record) and every single other kid set a (personal record). Every kid ran his best race and that’s what we needed.”

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ACHS field hockey to host Millville in playoffs

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Written by Bill LeConey Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:21 pm

ACHS field hockey The Atlantic City High School field hockey team was rewarded for its breakthrough 12-win season with a South Jersey Group IV home playoff game when the seedings and pairings were announced Thursday.

The downside of success: if the No. 8 Vikings win that first-round game vs. Millville, they will travel to Eastern to face another team named the Vikings - this one the winner of 14 consecutive state championships.

Atlantic City coach Ali Juliano said the game against Millville on the ACHS artificial turf field will likely be scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27. 

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Second straight title for Lady Panther tennis

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 22, 2014 03:54 pm

Close to 20 years ago, the Middle Township High School girls tennis team dominated the Cape-Atlantic National Conference. Players such as Reagan Campbell, Alethea Desroisers and Miranda Campbell paced the Lady Panthers to a state championship in 1996 and multiple National Conference titles.

The seniors on this year’s team restored the glory to the Lady Panther program.

Earlier this week, Middle clinched its second straight CAL National Conference title with a 5-0 win over Bridgeton. The victory improved the team to 17-1 for the season, the lone loss coming in the South Jersey Group II final against Haddonfield. Middle has reached the sectional title match in two straight seasons.

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First conference title for MTHS field hockey

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 22, 2014 03:50 pm

The St. Joseph High School field hockey team has dominated the Cape-Atlantic National Conference for more than a decade.

Maybe now it’s Middle Township’s turn.

The Lady Panthers, a team with only two seniors, shocked St. Joseph to the tune of a 4-0 victory in Hammonton last Wednesday. They followed that effort with a 5-1 result over Holy Spirit on Friday to clinch a share of the National Conference title with St. Joseph.

The conference championship is the first in program history for Middle, which entered this week riding a nine-game winning streak. At 13-3 overall, Middle went into Wednesday’s non-conference game against Oakcrest needing one victory to break the program record for wins in a season.

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Holden golden for LCM

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 22, 2014 03:45 pm

Mike Holden ERMA – Mike Holden couldn’t believe his good fortune.

“It’s definitely a blessing when the ball is played that close to your body and you can make a play with it with no one around you,” the senior from the Lower Cape May Regional High School boys soccer team said.

Holden made that play, and sent the Cape Tigers home winners in extra time Monday evening.

Holden found himself alone eight yards from goal after a fortuitous bounce led the ball to his right foot. He used the outside of his cleat to punch the ball into the left corner of goal eight minutes into extra time as Lower Cape May finally put away a pesky Cape May Tech side, 4-3.

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Absegami, AC drop out from NJSIAA football playoff leaders

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Written by Tom Williams Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:12 pm

ACStJoe Bill LeConey/The Atlantic City Vikings, including quarterback Jamir Prevard, right, and running back Aquan Conaway face a must-win situation the next two weeks (at Ocean City, at Millville) to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Absegami and Atlantic City high school varsity football teams dropped out of the Group V top-eight and Cedar Creek rebounded in the Group II playoff standings after last weekend’s football results were posted.

They join varsity football teams from across South Jersey in a race to qualify for the playoffs before the Nov. 8 deadline.

After losing to St. Joseph last Friday, Atlantic City dropped to No. 10 in Group V.

The eight teams with the highest power ratings in each group qualify for the playoffs.

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