Gloucester's sudden exit from the Central Jersey Group 1 semifinal Friday is still hard to believe.
The No. 1 seeded Lions (18-1-1) had been undefeated in the regular season and had won a quarterfinal game against Haddon Heights when a goal by Marissa DePativo gave Holy Cross a 1-0 victory.
The goal was the only shot by Holy Cross in the second half.
Gloucester remained unbeaten and locked up the Classic Division crown by beating host Glassboro, 4-1, in a Tri-County Conference clash.
Angela Harris had two goals while Melanie Carpenter and Erika Mecchella each contributed a goal and an assist for the 10th-ranked Lions (11-0-1, 8-0).
Lexi Smith’s second-half goal made Florence a 1-0 winner at New Egypt, and left the teams tied atop the Freedom Division.
Colonial. Kim Flacco’s second goal of the day, on a breakaway with two minutes left in overtime, gave Haddon Township a 2-1 triumph at Haddon Heights.
Gloucester Catholic and host Glassboro battled through 98 scoreless minutes before the Catholic boys’ soccer team finally squeezed out a 1-0 double-overtime triumph the Tri-County Conference.
Ryan Casey scored the goal off a corner kick with two minutes left in the second overtime period, and the Rams earned their sixth shutout of the season.
Also in the Tri-County, Kevin Calloway scored a goal and assisted on goals by Max Crisman and Bill Tompkins, steering Clearview past host Kingsway, 3-0. Goalie Steve Keane made seven saves for the Pioneers (10-0-1).
Salem used Zach Costroff’s nine-save goaltending to collect a 2-0 shutout at Wildwood. Rob Lindenmuth and Michka Tosan scored the Rams’ goals.
Mentioned: Clearview Regional High School | Camden Catholic High School | Lenape High School | Lower Cape May Regional High School | Cherry Hill High School West | Pitman High School | Kingsway Regional High School | Pennsauken High School | Buena | Gloucester | Gloucester Catholic | Middle Township | Pemberton | Salem | Timber Creek | Wildwood | Wildwood Catholic | Willingboro | Washington Twp.
Host Kingsway avenged a season-opening setback and gained a share of the Royal Division lead by handing sixth-ranked Clearview its first loss, 2-0, yesterday in Tri-County Conference field hockey.
The Dragons (8-3 overall, 5-1 conference) prevailed on goals from Stephanie Toomey and Christina Wallace, assists by Emily Poole and Aubrey Coleman, and shutout goaltending by Becca May (14 saves).
Alyssa Wileczek turned aside 21 shots for the Pioneers (10-1, 5-1), who opened the 2009 campaign with a 2-0 defeat of Kingsway on Sept. 14.
In other Tri-County action:
Alyssa Cooper and Emily Bucher each had a goal and an assist for 10th-ranked Gloucester (10-0-1, 7-0), which moved closer to clinching the Classic Division crown with a 3-0 win at Salem.
Mentioned: Clearview Regional High School | Holy Cross High School | Moorestown High School | Mainland Regional High School | Kingsway Regional High School | Absegami | Atlantic City | Delran | Delsea | Egg Harbor Township | Florence | Gloucester | New Egypt | Northern Burlington | Oakcrest | Ocean City | Palmyra | Pemberton | Riverside | Salem | Woodstown
Shannon McAllister scored one goal and assisted on Alex Frank’s game-winner in overtime, as host Shawnee rallied to upend sixth-ranked Eastern, 3-2, yesterday in Olympic Conference girls’ soccer.
First-half goals by Kelsey Long and Sydney Cetrullo staked the Vikings (8-3) to a 2-0 lead. But Shawnee struck back with a pair of goals less than two minutes apart early in the second half, when Shannon Dennehey set up McAllister and then cashed in a feed from Erin Smith.
Dani Buonacore and Julia Brown split time in the nets for the Renegades (8-1-1).
Mentioned: Clearview Regional High School | Deptford Township High School | Cherry Hill High School East | Pitman High School | Cherokee High School | Shawnee High School | Bishop Eustace | Cape May Tech | Clayton | Cumberland | Eastern | Gloucester | Salem | West Deptford | Wildwood Catholic | Williamstown | Winslow Township | Woodbury
Riverside snapped a scoreless tie with 6 minutes, 15 seconds left in the second half as Corryne Crabtree scored off an assist by Liz Bohn, sinking host Pemberton, 1-0. Rams goalie Angela Daigs made seven saves.
Also in Burlington County field hockey action, Tina McGugan and Sam Saber provided assists for Melissa Jones’ two goals as Cinnaminson knocked off visiting Northern Burlington, 2-0.
With Brooke Hullings’ two goals and Chelsea Fitzgerald’s two saves in goal, Delran upended host Burlington Township, 3-0.
Mentioned: Clearview Regional High School | Rancocas Valley Regional High School | Cinnaminson High School | Haddonfield Memorial High School | Mainland Regional High School | Kingsway Regional High School | Audubon Jr./Sr. High School | Atlantic City | Burlington Township | Cumberland | Delran | Delsea | Egg Harbor Township | Gloucester | Gloucester Catholic | Hammonton | Middle Township | Millville | Northern Burlington | Pemberton | Riverside | Schalick | Vineland | Williamstown
Kelly Quinn scored off a penalty corner by Elise DiDonato with 2 minutes, 31 seconds left in overtime, giving fourth-ranked Bishop Eustace a 2-1 triumph over visiting Camden Catholic in an Olympic Conference match.
Moira Penza poked home a rebound to put the Crusaders (7-0-2) ahead in the first half, and Caitlyn Brostrand pulled the Irish (4-4) even with 10 minutes to go in regulation.
Sara Jackson’s four-goal outburst highlighted second-ranked Washington Township’s 6-0 rout at Cherry Hill East. Laura Rose added two goals for the Minutemaids (5-1).
Top-ranked Eastern (8-1) leveled host Lenape, 7-0, on a hat trick by Kelsey Mitchell and two goals from Alyssa McFerren.
Mentioned: Clearview Regional High School | Rancocas Valley Regional High School | Camden Catholic High School | Lenape High School | Cherry Hill High School East | Bishop Eustace | Eastern | Gloucester | Gloucester Catholic | Lindenwold | Pemberton | Woodstown | LEAP Academy Charter | Washington Twp.
Shawnee survived being a player short for the last five minutes of yesterday’s Olympic Conference boys’ soccer game as it battled visiting Cherokee to a 1-1 standoff in a meeting of top 10 teams.
The Renegades (6-1-1), ranked No. 7 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, got on the board first with a 25-yard goal from Jesse Shea.
Ninth-ranked Cherokee (3-2-1) came back and knotted the score with 12 minutes remaining as Brandon Tarzy headed in a cross from Dave Schlatter.
Shawnee lost a player to a red card late in the second half but goalie Mike Hartman kept the Chiefs from scoring again.
Also in the Olympic, Shea McGee’s second goal of the game was a header off a throw-in in overtime that wrapped up Seneca’s 3-2 thriller at Winslow Township. The Eagles tied the game with 10 minutes left in regulation on Pat Nelson’s goal.
Cherry Hill West turned second-half goals by Ramadan Dayyan and Connor Quigley into a 2-0 triumph at Paul VI.
Lenape rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 6-1 win at Triton in which Rocco Gambino and Marc Ruggia contributed two goals apiece.
Mentioned: Holy Cross High School | Cherry Hill High School East | Cherry Hill High School West | Cherokee High School | Kingsway Regional High School | Shawnee High School | Bishop Eustace | Bordentown | Cape May Tech | Clayton | Gloucester | Gloucester Catholic | Highland | Middle Township | Paul VI | Pemberton | Pennsville | Pleasantville | Salem | Schalick | Seneca | Timber Creek | Triton | Wildwood | Wildwood Catholic | Winslow Township