Game of the weekend, girls' soccer division


By Phil Anastasia

Lenape and Eastern played four times in girls' soccer last season.

They could play four times again this season.

But one of these powerhouse teams will seize the high ground in what has been the best rivalry in South Jersey girls' soccer over the last few years when the Vikings visit the Indians for a 10 a.m. clash on Saturday morning.

Unless they tie again.

Lenape, the six-time SJ Group 4 and SJ Coaches Association tournament champions (and winner of five straight Group 4 state titles from 2007-2011 before losing in the state semifinals last season), is the No. 1 team in The Inquirer Top 10.

Eastern is No. 2.

They were No. 1 and No. 2 last season, too.

The Vikings' veteran coach, Jamie McGroarty, set the SJ record for wins in girls' soccer with his 317th career victory on Thursday.

Eastern will be led by senior Miranda Konstantinides, a top defender.

Lenape features senior Rachelle Ross, a striker who scored the lone goal in the Indians' 1-0 victory over the Vikings in last year's SJ Group 4 title game.

Eastern went 2-1-1 against Lenape last season -- winning both regular-season Olympic American games. The Vikings finished 21-2-1.

The teams tied in the SJ Coaches Association title game, sharing the crown, and Lenape won in the SJ 4 tournament.The Indians finished 20-4-1.

Eastern is 5-0 this season, and 3-0 in Olympic American play. Lenape is 6-0 and 2-0.

The teams could follow a similar scenario this season, as they definitely will play twice in division play and surely will be among the top seeds in both the coaches tournament and in the post-season tournament.

But Saturday morning's late-September clash at Lenape will send both teams on their way to what figures to be more drama in November.

-- Phil Anastasia

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