By TOM WILLIAMS
Faith Slimmer scored twice today and the record-setting Ocean City High School girls soccer team (21-1-1) defeated Toms River South, 5-0, to move into the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championship game for the second time in three years. OCHS won the title in 2017.
And the opponent will be Mainland, giving the schools two full days of competition in important showdowns. The football teams will play Friday night in Linwood in the Group 4 playoffs.
Kelly Halliday’s Raiders defeated Mainland twice during the regular girls soccer season – 5-0 on Sept. 11 and 5-0 again on Oct. 2.
Today, the Raiders built a 3-0 lead at intermission and held on through the second half on Abbey Fenton’s 16th shutout of the season and 40th of her career. She made two saves.
“I was so proud of how we came out today,” Halliday said. “We did not play scared or nervous. We came out and played our game.”
Slimmer, a Rutgers recruit, added an assist to her two goals. She now has 32 goals and 23 assists this year, both school records. Delaney Lappin, a Drexel recruit, and junior Paige Panico both had a goal and an assist. It was Lappin’s seventh goal and Panico’s fifth. Junior Kamryn Chisholm added a goal (her second) and Carly Reighard and Hope Slimmer had assists.
Mainland (15-6) defeated Gloucester Tech, 2-0, in the other South Jersey semifinal. Seniors Sarah Cipkins and Gina Geraci scored the two goals for the Mustangs. It was Geraci’s 10th goal and the sixth for Cipkins. Sophomore Camryn Dirkes has been Mainland’s leading scorer with 23 goals. This will be Mainland’s first appearance in a South Jersey girls soccer final.
“Looking ahead,” Halliday added, “I’m very happy to be in the South Jersey final. It’s been a goal to get back there. Mainland is a familiar opponent but that won’t make it easy. We are going to prepare ourselves for Thursday so we can play the best game that we can.”