By TOM WILLIAMS
The 2nd Decade of the 21st Century ended with the greatest season in the history of girls soccer at Ocean City High School. In fact, it was one of the greatest seasons in any OCHS sport. Kelly Halliday’s Raiders won a state championship and set many individual records. They were nationally ranked and finished as No. 5 in the state. The Raiders had also won another South Jersey title and six Cape-Atlantic League championships during the decade.
Results like that indicate there were many good players during those 10 seasons but the best clearly was Faith Slimmer, who is still walking halls of OCHS and will be for one more school year. Yet she has already set school records for goals and assists. This season she was tied for sixth in New Jersey in goals and was third in the state in assists.
Joining Slimmer on the forward line are a pair of two-time scoring leaders – Devon Terwilliger and Tori Rolls – plus Summer Reimet, the player who was tied with Slimmer for sixth in the state in goals this season.
At midfield is a lineup of all stars – Ashley Edgell, Karissa Bourbeau, Dara Hennessy, Anna Devlin, Carly Reighard and Hope Slimmer.
The defense features Jill Baltz, Olivia Briggs, Veronica Garcia and Delaney Lappin.
The goalkeeper on the team is another school record-holder, Abbey Fenton, who made 82 saves this year, fashioned 19 shutouts and allowed only nine goals, second fewest in the state.
An impressive team, to be sure, but just as impressive is the fact that three of them will be back next year and two of those three have another season at OCHS after that.
More about OCHS girls soccer is available here.
This all-decade team is a talented group, certainly one that would be impressive if they could be out on the field together. But the best of them all in the 2nd Decade was Faith Slimmer, who joins Katie Ruiz (1st Decade) and Lauren McHale (1990s) as Ocean City High School Girls Soccer Players of the Decade.
This is the 12th of 21 OCHS All-Decade teams. You can review the previous 2010-19 Ocean City All-Decade teams here.
Up next will be the Boys Cross Country Team of the Decade.
OCHS Girls Soccer in the 2nd Decade
2011…….. 6-8-3……Bill Pesda
2012…….. 4-11-1……Bill Pesda
2015…….. 6-10-2…..Kelly Halliday
The 2nd Decade Raider Girls Soccer Team
Forward – Devon Terwilliger (2014)
Forward – Tori Rolls (2018)
Forward – Faith Slimmer (2020)
Forward – Summer Reimet (2021)
Midfield – Ashley Edgell (2014)
Midfield – Karissa Bourbeau (2014)
Midfield – Dara Hennessy (2015)
Midfield – Anna Devlin (2018)
Midfield – Carly Reighard (2019)
Midfield – Hope Slimmer (2021)
Defense – Jill Baltz (2010)
Defense – Olivia Briggs (2014)
Defense – Veronica Garcia (2015)
Defense – Delaney Lappin (2019)
Goal – Abbey Fenton (2019)