EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – Though summer's heat and humidity is hanging on, the fall high school sports season debuted crisp and clear Tuesday at Egg Harbor Township High School.
Three EHT varsity teams were in action and, while only one was victorious, all competed with outstanding effort.
The boys soccer team fell behind 4-1 to Delsea Regional in the first half before losing, 6-3. EHT graduated 14 players from a team that advanced to the South Jersey Group IV semifinals a year ago, so head coach Pete Lambert couldn't judge his young team too harshly.
"It's just being young. It's just lacking a little bit of varsity experience," Lambert said. "I think today, a lot of boys got their first varsity experience and now they know what to expect with the physicality and speed of the game. We'll learn from it and hopefully be better tomorrow."
EHT got goals from freshman Brandon Berrio and junior Nathan DeCosta.
The Eagles next face Atlantic City at home on Friday, Sept. 8. They face ACIT and Vineland next week before a big game against St. Augustine Prep on Sept. 20.
The EHT field hockey team didn't fare any better on Tuesday, losing to Clearview, 9-0.
Meanwhile, the EHT girls tennis team got its season off to a good start, beating rival Mainland Regional 5-0. Emily Manzo, Sarah Phung and Tiffany Trivers won singles matches in straight sets, while the doubles teams of Gaby Guimapang and Sam Phung and Christine Vu and Asha Lackland also captured hard-fought matches.