On Wednesday, Sept. 21, The Inquirer’s top two South Jersey girls’ soccer teams will square off and more than just area supremacy will be on the line.
When Paul VI hosts Lenape 7 p.m. on Wednesday the two teams will be part of a fundraising event for cancer awareness.
It’s part of a soccer doubleheader, that includes three of the top four teams in South Jersey.
While one shouldn’t put too much into the results of a scrimmage, Haddonfield’s girls’ soccer team showed recently against Paul VI that the Bulldogs are likely to enjoy a banner season.
Saying Haddonfield should be strong in girls’ soccer is not exactly going out on a limb. This is one of South Jersey’s top programs, one that went 19-2-2 last season, finishing runnerup to West Deptford in the Colonial Conference Liberty and falling to Middle Township by penalty kicks in the South Jersey Group 2 final.
Actually, the scrimmage confirmed that both Paul VI and Haddonfield should be Top 10 teams. That also is no revelation.
Mentioned: Haddonfield Memorial High School
It was a testament to the strength of the Lenape girls’ soccer program that the Indians were able to win a fourth straight state Group 4 title last year with the services of Katie: Rigby.
Now a senior, Rigby missed last soccer season after having knee surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament. She hurt the knee while playing in a tournament in Las Vegas in March of 2010.
“I am feeling great,” Rigby said.
Mentioned: Lenape High School
The magicJack soccer team will have a chance to prove how good it is Saturday night when it takes the field against host Philadelphia Independence in a Women's Professional Soccer League game.
The Jack has temporarily lost its top goalkeeper and a reserve to the National team. Philadelphia has scored one goal in two games.
Coach Jeff Eppright talked a mile a minute after his Haddon Heights boys' soccer team did what hadn't been done in 36 years: advance to the state final.
In an intermittent downpour Tuesday night at Washington Township, the Garnets won the Group 2 state semifinal over North PLainfield on penalty kicks. They're scheduled to play Cliffside Park for the crown on Nov. 21 at the College of New Jersey.
"It's been a long time coming," Eppright said. "It was a battle-tested game, a war. We started practicing [penalty kicks] from day one. The penalty kicks added to the whole dramatization.
Mentioned: Haddon Heights
Haddonfield coach Glenn Gess and his players stayed with a good game plan Nov. 12 in the South Jersey Group 2 girls' soccer final with Middle Township.
As a result, the Bulldogs had plenty of chances to score in regulation and in two overtimes. However, Township beat them in penalty kicks, 3-1.
"We got everything we wanted," Gess said. "We probably had about 20 long throws and eight or so corner kicks and that's what our game plan was. We just didn't attack the pipes as well as we usually do."
Senior George Gans scored one goal and set up the other as Haddon Heights beat two-time state champion Delran, 2-1, Thursday in the South Jersey Group 2 title game in boys' soccer.
Gans scored his 30th goals to tie the score at 1-1 early in the second half. He unleashed a great shot with arouns 21 minutes left, and senjior Don lang cleaned up the rebound for the go-ahead goal.
Goalie John Weaver made 12 saves for Haddon Heights, which won its first South Jersey title since 1975.
Mentioned: Haddon Heights
Senior Pablo Zegarra scored in the 59th minute to lift Moorestown to a 1-0 victory over Cherry Hill West Thursday in a second-round game of the South Jersey Group 3 tournament in boys' soccer.
The game was played in heavy rain on Cherry Hill West's artificial-turf field off Chapel Avenue.
Moorestown controlled play in the second half but managed just Zegarra's goal on a blast from around 18 yards away that hit off a Cherry Hill West player and ricocheted into the net.
Mentioned: Moorestown High School