By TOM WILLIAMDS
Ocean City High School sports teams were a combined 8-1 last week, improving the record for the seven varsity teams to 33-4-1 going into tomorrow’s soccer games with Middle Township.
The OCHS girls soccer team will host Middle at Carey Stadium at 6pm. The last time these teams met Middle surprised the Raiders by battling them to a scoreless tie. You can watch the live video stream of the game, or watch it later after the game is completed, right here ….
Ocean City girls soccer, ranked #5 in the state, shut out Wildwood Catholic, 8-0, last week in its only game. Summer Reimet had the three-goal hat trick with Faith Slimmer adding two goals and three assists. Reimet and Slimmer, who share the OCHS record for goals in one season, are both among the state’s leading scorers again this year.
The undefeated boys soccer team shut out two opponents last week – Wildwood Catholic 9-0 and Lower Cape May 3-0. John Lindsay scored two of the three goals against the Tigers.
Field hockey, ranked #14 in the state by NJ.com, cancelled its Saturday game with #17 Bishop Eustace because of COVID-19 concerns. But the Raiders defeated Middle Township, 1-0, in their only game last week. And that brings us to Nya Gilchrist.
Queen Nya: It was quite a week for the OCHS senior. On Wednesday, Gilchrist took a pass from Tara McNally in the final minute of the field hockey game with Middle Township at Carey Stadium and scored to produce a 1-0 Raider victory. It was Nya’s team-leading ninth goal and the team-leading eighth assist by McNally. Then, two nights later, Gilchrist was chosen Homecoming Queen by her classmates during halftime of the football game with Millville.
There is a complete list of Ocean City Homecoming Queens – nearly 60 years worth – HERE.
The football team registered its fourth straight win, 36-16, over Millville, probably the best team on its regular schedule. Kevin Smith’s Raiders have a bye this weekend and will return to action on Nov. 6 with Mainland at Carey Stadium.
The RAIDER DIARY, including day-by-day results and schedules of all fall teams, plus links to every team page, is HERE.
Jake’s records: The number 100 has been important in fall sports at OCHS. Gary Degenhardt is the only football coach to win 100 games. Brandon Lashley is the only player to score from more than 100 yards away. Rialee Allen is the only field hockey player to score 100 goals and Chad Severs the only soccer player to reach that level. Jen Frank is the lone girls tennis player to win 100 matches. Add Jake Schneider to that list. Schneider caught four passes Friday night against Millville to break Ryan Taylor’s school record (97) and reach 100 career catches. The previous week, Schneider also set a school record by catching his 17th touchdown pass. But there is one more. There is no OCHS player on record with three interceptions returned for touchdowns. Schneider got No. 3 on Friday night, so we can likely add that record to his trophy case. Schneider lifted his career receiving yardage to 1,564, second only to Hall of Famer Scott Lipford’s 1,710 in school history. Schneider has a total of four interceptions this year. The school record is eight by Josh Grande in 2009.
The sack: Millville looked very good at the start of the game. Junior quarterback Nate Robbins completed eight of 10 passes and moved the Thunderbolts 75 yards to the OCHS eight yard line with a series of quick, no-huddle passes that kept the Ocean City pass rush off him and kept the ball moving. He has an assortment of receivers and used them all. They ran the ball twice at the eight, getting to the four. Then Robbins dropped back to pass and Mike Rhodes changed everything. The 6-5, 233-pound senior grabbed Robbins shirt and spun him to the ground back on the 15 yard line. A fourth down pass into the end zone was incomplete. Nobody will know what would have happened without that sack but everybody knows it stopped the Thunderbolts complete control of the game. And we know it was Rhodes’ seventh career sack, tying him for 11th in OCHS history.
Kickoff TDs: Junior Jacob Wilson made it look easy on Friday. He caught the opening kickoff of the second half on his 10 yard line and sliced, cut and sprinted 90 yards for a touchdown that gave the Raiders a three-score lead and control of the game. It was Wilson’s third touchdown this year and fifth of his career. Jacob recovered a fumble in the final 90 seconds of the Group 4 semifinal last year at Long Branch that sealed the Raider win. Friday’s TD was the first kickoff return for a score since Jared Jones brought one back 78 yards at Absegami in 2014. The school record for the longest is 96 yards by Ray Rogers at Mainland in 1997.
Mr. Automatic: Brendan McGonigle kicked one of two field goals from 22 yards – giving him six for his career – and improved to 22 for 25 with extra points this season. One of his misses was a 35-yard PAT attempt following an OCHS penalty. McGonigle leads all Cape-Atlantic League kickers in extra points and field goals this year. He is 66 for 74 kicking extra points in his career and 6 for 8 on field goal attempts. That works out to 84 kicking points.
The full box score of the Ocean City-Millville game is here.
Video of the game is here.
Ocean City’s four-game stat totals are here.