Cape May County Gazette Leader Sports

Lady Tigers stunned in Group II opener

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, November 07, 2014 05:57 pm

ERMA – The wind and a very talented and perhaps underseeded Delran side put an abrupt end to the Lower Cape May Regional High School girls soccer team’s season Friday afternoon.

The eighth-seeded Lady Bears, helped by having a stiff wind at their back, peppered the Lower Cape May defense for the opening 40 minutes and raced to a 3-0 advantage in the South Jersey Group II quarterfinal contest.

The opening goal came via penalty kick, the second came from a hard, high shot from, 20 yards and the third came on a wonderful header off a crossing pass from the flank.

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Middle advances into semifinal round

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Written by Brian Cunniff Friday, November 07, 2014 05:33 pm

Middle's Emma Stanford gets ahead of the Deptford defense prior to scoring her team's third goal Middle's Emma Stanford gets ahead of the Deptford defense prior to scoring her team's third goal CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township High School girls soccer team will be playing into the second week of the state playoffs, thanks to an excellent all-around performance Friday afternoon.

The Lady Panthers, the third seed in the South Jersey Group II Tournament, shut out No. 6 Deptford, 3-0, to advance to the sectional semifinal round. They’ll play at home Tuesday afternoon at 3 against No. 7 Sterling, thanks to the Silver Knights’ 2-0 upset win over No. 2 West Deptford.

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Lower, Middle hope to meet again

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 05, 2014 07:19 pm

When the Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school girls soccer teams played to a 1-1 draw in mid October that led to the teams sharing the Cape-Atlantic National Conference title, many fans commented that they wished the teams could somehow play again.

If they both perform well enough in the state tournament, those fans will get their wish.

Lower and Middle are on different sides of the South Jersey Group II Tournament bracket and would meet again if both win their first two tournament games. The stakes in a potential second Lower-Middle matchup would be much higher; if the teams do meet, it will be in the sectional championship game.

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Terry needs just 110 games to win 100

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 05, 2014 07:12 pm

CORY TERRY Cory Terry’s high school field hockey coaching career has gotten off to a brilliant start.

Terry, in just her fifth season as the head coach at Ocean City, her alma mater, earned her 100th career victory in Tuesday’s 13-0 whitewashing of Central Regional in a South Jersey Group 3 semifinal.

Terry reached the century mark in wins in just her 110th game. She led the Raiders to back-to-back state Group 3 championships over the last two seasons. The team also won a South Jersey title during her rookie season as head coach in 2010 and has captured the Cape-Atlantic American Conference crown during each of her five seasons as coach.

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Playoff win leads to date with powerful Pingry

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 05, 2014 07:08 pm

ANTHONY ZAMPIRRI The Wildwood Catholic High School boys soccer team’s effort on Monday has given it a great opportunity.

The Crusaders, 6-0 winners over Timothy Christian in the opening round of the South Jersey Non-Public B Tournament on Monday, have earned the right to play one of the state’s best teams this afternoon (Thursday, Nov. 6), weather permitting.

Wildwood Catholic, the ninth seed in the tournament, will take on powerful Pingry Prep, the top-seeded team in the bracket and seventh-ranked team in the state by the Newark Star-Ledger. Pingry (14-3-2), which was nationally ranked earlier this season in some online polls, enjoyed a first-round bye in the tournament. In its last game, Pingry beat Gill St. Bernard’s – the 16th-ranked team in the state in the same poll – by a score of 2-0 in the Somerset County Tournament title game.

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Middle shuts out P'ville in playoff

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, November 05, 2014 07:01 pm

Trent Canter: goal and two assists CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – The South Jersey Group II high school boys soccer semifinal games will be played early next week.

As usual, Middle Township will be one of the four participants.

The Panthers, the fourth seed in the tournament, landed in the semifinal round for the fourth straight season thanks to a dominating performance in Wednesday afternoon’s 3-0 win over Pleasantville at the Boyd Street Field.

Middle will host the semifinal game Monday afternoon, thanks to ninth-seeded Audubon’s shocking victory in penalty kicks over top-seeded Sterling. Audubon had lost to Sterling twice during the regular season.

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OCHS field hockey reaches SJ final, girls soccer advances

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Written by Tom Williams Tuesday, November 04, 2014 06:27 am

The big week for Ocean City High School's fall sports teams continued Tuesday with two more victories.

Cory Terry’s field hockey team defeated Central, 13-0, on Tuesday at Trish LeFever Field to advance to the South Jersey Group 3 championship game for seventh straight year and for the 16th time in the last 18 years.

And, a few blocks away at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex, the Raider girls soccer team used two goals by Veronica Garcia to defeat Seneca, 2-0, and advance to the second round of the NJSIAA Tournament for the first time since 2011.

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Boys soccer starts big week for OCHS teams with a win

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Written by Tom Williams Monday, November 03, 2014 06:43 pm

A big week for Ocean City High School's fall sports teams began on Monday afternoon when the boys soccer team, the defending South Jersey Group 3 champions, defeated Timber Creek, 2-0, in the first round of this year's tournament.

Zach Zellers and Don Van Meter scored for the Raiders, both off assists from Aaron King. The Raiders will now host Pinelands on Thursday at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex in the South Jersey quarterfinals.

On Tuesday, both the girls soccer and field hockey teams will play in the NJSIAA Tournament. The girls soccer team, winners of the Cape-Atlantic League's American Conference, will host Seneca at Tennessee Avenue in a first round game. And the field hockey team, two-time defending state champions and winners of the American Conference for the 18th straight year, will host Central at Trish LeFever Field in a South Jersey semifinal.

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State playoffs next for Lower, Middle

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 06:11 pm

The Lower Cape May Regional and Middle Township high school field hockey teams are set to begin state tournament play after finishing their respective regular seasons last week.

Lower Cape May, which finished the regular season at 9-6, earned the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the South Jersey Group II Tournament. The Lady Tigers will play No. 11 Barnegat (3-15) on Monday at 2 p.m. at home. Barnegat upset No. 6 Deptford in a first-round game on Tuesday to advance.

Lower Cape May has had success behind its solid defense. The Lady Tigers conceded no more than one goal in 10 of their 15 games this season. Led by goalie Kemlyn Pearson, Lower has posted six shutouts.

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Major win for aspiring Olympian

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 05:59 pm

JOE MALOY Wildwood Catholic High School graduate Joe Maloy earned a major victory in professional triathlon racing over the weekend when he placed first at the Life Time Tri Oceanside in Oceanside, Cailf.

Maloy, 28, who currently resides in San Diego, finished with a time of 1 hour, 45 minutes, 48 seconds to beat the field by almost 20 seconds. The race consisted of a 1,500-meter swim, 38.1K bike and 10K run course.

Maloy, who is bidding to make the U.S. national team for the 2016 Olympics, finished ahead of several past Olympians at the race. He was third after the swim and fourth after the bike but passed the leaders during the run, which he completed 25 seconds faster than any other competitor.

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Warriors exit rough stretch with chance to compete

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 05:54 pm

WILDWOOD – It’s been a rough stretch for the Wildwood High School football team.

The Warriors’ 48-2 loss to Salem on Friday was the team’s fifth in succession against teams with winning records.

For a program that has dressed less than 20 players in every game this season, it’s a wonder Wildwood (0-7) even survived.

But even though the team was outscored 235-46 over those five games, there does seem to be some light at the end of the long, dark tunnel. The team’s next two games – this Saturday against Maple Shade and next weekend against Pitman – will be played against programs that have combined for only one victory thus far this season.

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Small steps for Caper Tigers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 05:47 pm

ERMA – The results on the scoreboard aren’t necessarily showing it, save for the team’s lone win earlier this season over Pleasantville, but those in the know say they’re seeing improvement in the Lower Cape May Regional High School football team.

Lower had a decent start against powerful Cedar Creek on Saturday, preventing big plays and stopping the Pirates on their first possession. But after trailing by just 7-0 after one quarter, turnovers and short punts became an issue for the Caper Tigers, who conceded 26 second-period points en route to a 46-0 loss.

The defeat dropped Lower Cape May to 1-5, with all five losses coming via shutout.

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Middle QB racks up the numbers

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 05:42 pm

JOE DURSO Ever since Joe Durso began playing football, he’s been told he’s too small to be a quarterback.

A lot of that talk has stopped now that Durso is a senior at Middle Township High School.

Durso tossed two more touchdowns in Friday’s 41-27 loss at Oakcrest – the second loss this season by the Panthers (2-4) in which they held a lead in the fourth quarter.

Durso now has 12 touchdown passes, tops in the Cape-Atlantic League regardless of conference.

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‘Bean’ busts out of sister’s shadow

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Written by Brian Cunniff Wednesday, October 29, 2014 05:35 pm

Jillian Freeman WILDWOOD – In her first two years of participating in high school athletics, Jillian Freeman often toiled in the shadow of her older sister, Jess.

Jess, who graduated last spring, was one of the best girls basketball players in Wildwood High School history and a standout for the girls soccer team. So it was no surprise that Jillian, affectionately called “Bean” by her family and friends, often was reduced to background status in those two sports.

But with her sister now out of the school’s athletic program, Jillian is beginning to shine.

On Tuesday, she scored a goal and assisted on another as the Lady Warriors topped Cape May Tech, 2-0, in a girls soccer game between the two local rivals.

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