By TOM WILLIAMS
The OCHS girls soccer team just keeps adding to its credentials.
First, a state title and a No. 5 ranking in New Jersey. Numerous individual and team school records. Plus a No. 4 regional ranking in USA Today.
Kelly Halliday has been named New Jersey Girls Soccer Coach of the Year. And three of her players have been named All State – Faith Slimmer on the first team, Summer Reimet on the second team and Delaney Lappin on the third team.
Halliday finished her seventh season as head coach with a 104-34-7 record.
“These girls bought into what we are trying to do; every piece of the puzzle was right this year,” Halliday told NJ.com. “It takes leadership to keep the group focused and working together for the long haul. This was definitely a special group.”
Ocean City was outstanding in every single category this fall.
The Raiders featured the state’s highest scoring offense, but Ocean City also leaned on one of the best defenses in the state during their championship journey. The combination made Ocean City one of the hardest teams to beat and in the state playoffs, no one could stop the Raiders.
In its final 23 games, Ocean City went 22-0-1.
Slimmer, NJ.com wrote, might have been the state’s top overall play-maker this fall as she led Ocean City to its first-ever Group 3 championship. The Rutgers commit came through with 35 goals and 28 assists for the state’s No. 1 scoring offense. Slimmer had either a goal or an assist in almost every single game this fall and capped the year off with two assists in the Group 3 final. Ocean City knocked off Ramapo, 3-0, in that championship game and made history. The junior had her biggest game in the South, Group 3 final, however, with three goals and three assists in a 6-0 win over Mainland.
NJ.com said Summer Reimet had an unbelievable season. She teamed up with Faith Slimmer to become the state’s most productive 1-2 offensive combinations. Reimet broke out this fall with 35 goals, including two scores for Ocean City as it beat Ramapo, 3-0, and won the program’s first-ever Group 3 championship. Reimet also scored the winning goals in 1-0 wins over Cherry Hill West and Hopewell Valley during the Group 3 playoffs.
Ocean City had a truly special season, NJ.com wrote, and although the offense stole a lot of the headline, the defense was elite as well. Delaney Lappin led a defense that only gave up nine goals all year and didn’t give up a single score in the state playoffs. The senior also came up on offense and put up seven goals and four assists, including a goal in a win over Millville in the Cape-Atlantic League final. Defense is where Lappin really left her mark though and that unit shut out Ramapo in the Group 3 final as Ocean City won 3-0 and secured its first-ever state championship. Senior goalkeeper Abbey Fenton was also a leader for a defense that pitched 19 shutouts.
Read more about the all state girls soccer teams and Halliday’s selection at NJ.com