Lenape’s girls’ soccer team, the five-time defending Coaches Tournament champion, has advanced to Sunday’s semifinals.
The Indians defeated visiting Rancocas Valley, 1-0 in a game that Lenape controlled throughout. Lenape continued to put pressure, but the Red Devils defense held up well.
Rancocas Valley had a few effective counter attacks, but for the most part, Lenape was in control.
When the South Jersey Group 3 girls’ soccer tournament began, there weren’t many predictions that had Lower Cape May in the finals.
The Tigers finished third in their division, the Cape National Division I and were seeded fourth in Group 3.
Yet after Monday’s 2-1 upset of top-seeded Timber Creek, Lower Cape May won’t be able to sneak up on anybody, including Moorestown, its opponent in Thursday’s sectional final.
Farewell South Jersey athletes, coaches, parents, fellow writers and others who have made my five years, five months of covering sports full-time in the area a memorable and enriching experience.
After today, I no longer will be a staff writer for The Inquirer. It's time for me to move on. I have a project that will keep me busy for a year or more and it will occupy most of my time.
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Florence forward Lexi Smith had been looking forward to breaking the school's single-season scoring record on Wednesday afternoon at home. However, rain led to postponement of the game until Tuesday.
Smith has 46 goals, the same number recorded by her aunt and volunteer assistant coach, Dianne Carey-Stranko, in 1992. Bill Iezzi
Florence's Lexi Smith closed the week with 42 goals on the season by scoring 5 goals against Palmyra on Friday and 5 against Gloucester Catholic on Saturday. The school's single-season record is 46, set by assistant coach Dianne Carey-Stranko in 1992. Carey-Stranko is Smith's maternal aunt.
Keep your eyes on Alana Barry, Eastern field hockey's goalkeeper. The senior Thursday tied the national record for career shutouts, 67, when the Vikings shut out Triton, 9-0.
Barry has a good chance to set a new record against Cherokee on Oct. 11, when the Vikings will be the visitors.
Eastern blanked visiting Cherokee, 10-0, when the two teams met on Sept. 19. - Bill Iezzi
Have you noticed what the Haddonfield field hockey team has been doing?
The Bulldogs are 11-0 with eight shutouts.
At the start of the season, Haddonfield coach Lindsay Kocher said the strength of the team was a good nucleus that was able to push the younger players.
Mentioned: Haddonfield Memorial High School
Jim Kay has reached 100.
The Haddon Township soccer coach made rthe centennial mark when Kim Gaskill & Co. blasted the Hawks to a 6-0 victory over Lindenwold Thursday
Gaskill scored twice. Kaitlyn Stoltz, Taylor Clarke, Nicky Cutera and Patrice Maro also scored. - Bill Iezzi