By TOM WILLIAMS
According to the calendar, summer ended on September 22nd.
But not in Ocean City – at least for Ocean City High School girls soccer.
With only about half the 2021 season completed, senior Summer Reimet has already rewritten the school’s girls soccer record book.
Reimet has scored 40 goals this season for the 11-0 Raiders, lifting her career total to 109. Both are OCHS records. How impressive is that total? Well, entering this week, she had scored 12 more goals this season than any other girls soccer player in the state of New Jersey.
Soccer fans got a preview of this two years ago in 2019 – the last full season the Raiders played. As a sophomore, Reimet scored 35 that year and, along with Faith Slimmer, set a new school record for one season. Slimmer also set the school record of 100 career goals that Reimet has broken.
Also, on September 29th, Reimet scored six times against Our Lady of Mercy, breaking the school record of five goals in a game set by Lauren McHale in 1996 and tied by Abby Davis in 1999 and Faith Slimmer last year. Then, on October 5th, she did it again, getting the double hat trick against Cedar Creek.
While Reimet has been blowing up school scoring records, senior teammate Hope Slimmer has become the new assist queen. She has 30 assists this season, twice as many as any other player in the state, and totals 67 for her career. Both marks broke school records set by her sister, Faith.
While all of these record-setting soccer stats have been compiled, Ocean City has put together a 44-game unbeaten streak. The only blemishes on their record since mid-September of 2019 were ties against Rancocas Valley later that season and Middle Township last season. The team has won 21 straight games since the tie with Middle.
Lisa Cuneo’s Raiders are ranked No. 2 in the state by NJ.com behind Eastern. They have a game tomorrow afternoon with Mainland at Carey Stadium and they go to Absegami on Thursday. Next week they will be part of a girl-boy soccer doubleheader with Middle Township on Tuesday (Oct. 19) starting at 5 p.m. Weather permitting, the doubleheader will be video streamed live HERE.
Despite being the only undefeated team in South Jersey Group 3, the Raiders entered the week third in power points in the group. The deadline for qualification is October 23rd, so wins in the next three games could see them move up. In its current position at No. 3 in Group 3, Ocean City would host its first two tournament games but might play on the road after that.
Though Summer and Hope are seniors who will graduate in June, the Raiders will continue to count on, among others, juniors Tori Vliet and Riley Fortna; sophomores McKenna Chisholm, Joy Slimmer and Zoey Lappin; and freshmen Coryn McDonnell and Naomi Nnewihe in the future, which seems solid.
The OCHS girls soccer team is not the only fall sports team doing well. Field hockey (12-1) will play at Millville tomorrow and host its annual Pink Day Game for Breast Cancer Awareness on Thursday at Carey Stadium against Mainland. Field hockey, ranked No. 14 in the state, then goes to No. 16 Haddonfield on Saturday. Ocean City is currently the No. 1 seed in the Group 3 power ratings.
Boys soccer (7-2) goes to Mainland on Tuesday, hosts Absegami at Tennessee Avenue on Thursday and goes to Oakcrest Friday. They are sixth in power points in South Jersey Group 3.
Football (6-0) – ranked No. 9 in South Jersey (see rankings HERE) and fourth in the Group 4 South power ratings behind Millville, Long Branch and Winslow Township – travels to Pemberton on Saturday at noon (watch it HERE) to play the winless Hornets.
The cross country teams – the boys are 8-1 and the girls 7-1 – will run at Millville tomorrow and will compete in the Cape May County Meet next week in Cape May Court House.
And girls tennis (13-5) reached the South Jersey semifinals in Group 3 before losing to top-seeded Moorestown. They will play in the CAL Tournament in Vineland starting tomorrow.
A complete summary of OCHS contests, including links to schedules, results and more, is HERE in the Raider Sports Diary.
But for OCHS girls soccer, there is Hope this season and at least another month of Summer.