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E14 C South Jersey www.philly.com THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER Wednesday, November 11, 2009 S fclilla High School Sports iiifeaai hMBMiifcMi i laaaaai Find the latest news, photos and scores at philly comrally Stylish St. Augustine rolls into soccer final Controlling the ball, the Hermits recorded a 3-1 victory over game Bishop Eustace. It's a simple theory but harder to put into practice. In soccer, it's always better to let the ball do the work. That is a style few high school teams are talented enough to employ consis tently. St. Augustine happens to be one of the exceptions. The Hermits used their ball-control style yesterday, ping-ponging pass- Marc Narducci es all over their artificial-turf field in a 3-1 win over Bishop Eustace in a South Jersey Non-Public A semifinal. The Hermits will look to defend their sectional crown with tomorrow's 6 p.m. final against Christian Brothers Academy at Holmdel. "They play soccer the way it should be played," said Bishop Eustace coach Rich Jones, whose young team finished 9-7 and showed a good deal of spunk. "They are athletic, tactical, and have the players to play that style." In soccer, the easiest thing to Spotlight on: Clearview senior Kelley Alpaugh Soccer accomplishments: Among the more versatile players in South Jersey, Alpaugh had six goals and five assists this year for a Clear-view team that went 15-4-2 and is ranked No. 5 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. Soccer roots: Alpaugh recalls beginning around the age of 6. She has always had a nose for the goal and has always played forward. "I have always enjoyed taking defenders on one on one," she said. Future destination: Alpaugh will continue her education and soccer career at Fordham University. "I just loved the school, the coach and the location," she said. A member of the National Honor Society, Alpaugh isn't sure of what her college major will be, but her favorite subject is math. "I enjoy problem-solving," she said. Spotlight on: Pitman senior Steve Schuler Soccer accomplishments: A goalie, Schuler has recorded 11 shutouts entering yesterday's South Jersey Group 1 semifinal against Penns Grove. Schuler helped Pitman win the Tri-County Conference Classic Division as the Panthers went unbeaten in division play. Soccer roots: He began playing soccer at age 5 but hasn't been playing goalie that long. As a sophomore at Pitman, Schuler was a field player before moving to goal as a junior. He has played goalie a little in middle school and some as a freshman. Future destination: Schuler isn't sure of his college choice but is interested in playing baseball. (He is a cen-terfielder.) He is looking into majoring in pharmacy. Best soccer moment: That came Friday when Pitman won a penalty-kick shoot-out with Pennsville after the ELIZABETH ROBERTSON Staff Photographer St. Augustine Prep's Dominic Pernice (left) and Bishop Eustace's Marco Rodis battle for possession. "They play soccer the way it should be played," said Bishop Eustace coach Rich Jones. do is boot the ball out of harm's way. The Hermits have the presence of mind to hold on until a man is open. There is so much movement without the ball, and there are so many decisions to make with it. "When we ticktack it around, you see that it can frustrate teams," said St. Augustine defender Justin Ten-Brook, who is an integral part MICHAEL S. WIRTZ Staff Kelley Alpaugh (10) had six goals this year. Best soccer moment: Alpaugh lists scoring on South Jersey Group 4 finalist Eastern in a 2-1 overtime win on Oct. 2 as her top thrill. "We had never beaten them before and it was really an exciting moment," she said. Clutch scorer: Besides scoring against Eastern, Alpaugh scored in some of Clearview's biggest wins. She had a goal in the Pioneers' 2-1 Coaches Tournament win over Cherokee and another in a 2-1 victory over Tri-County Royal Division champion Williamstown. The final word: I have really enjoyed playing soccer at Clear-view," She said. "I love all the girls and we are like a family, hanging out together all the time." Marc Narducci Steve Schuler had 1 1 shutouts in goal for Pitman entering yesterday's semifinal. teams had played to a scoreless tie. Pitman won the shoot-out, 3-1, with Schuler blocking the first Pennsville penalty kick. "That was so cool, being part of something like that," he said. Did you know? Schuler considered not coming out for soccer as a senior so that he could concentrate on baseball. "I really love baseball," he said. "But this is my senior year, and I'm really happy I played soccer." The final word: "It's been great to be a part of this team," he said. "I have great teammates and wouldn't want to be anywhere else." Marc Narducci of the attack, moving up from the back. "We look for a gap and then go through." St. Augustine (21-1) used that strategy to score in the fourth minute. Midfielder Connor Hurff, whose vision and pinpoint passes make him so dangerous, sent Christian Gill on goal. Gill put on the finishing touches, and the Hermits had a 1-0 lead. Previewing the girls' championships By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER South Jersey girls' soccer championships will be staged tomorrow in the four public and two Non-Public groups. Teams from the seven-county South Jersey area will be involved in seven sectional finals. Here is a look at the championships involving South Jersey teams: South Jersey Group 4 No. 6 seed Eastern (16-5) at No. 1 Lenape (20-1), 2 p.m. tomorrow. Lenape has won the last two state titles and opened its season with a 3-0 win over Eastern. Sophomore Katie Rigby has 11 goals and 14 assists to lead one of South Jersey's best, balanced attacks. Eastern freshman Madison Tiernan has 19 goals, including four in the three postseason wins, while Kelsey Long has added 14. Eastern is vastly improved since that opening game, but then again, so is Lenape. South Jersey Group 3 No. 7 Highland (15-7) at No. 1 Point Pleasant Boro (19-3), 2 p.m. tomorrow. Highland has been the surprise team in the tournament and has won with a balanced scoring attack, led by sophomore Melissa Blevins, who has 10 goals and four assists, and junior Michelle Barbone, who has seven goals and 10 assists. Point Pleasant junior Kelsey Hancock has 42 goals, and her hat trick was the difference in Monday's 3-2 overtime win over Moorestown. South Jersey Group 2 No. 2 Haddonfield (20-1-1) at No. 1 Haddon Township (19-2-1), 2 p.m. tomorrow. Haddonfield won the regular season meeting, 2-1. The Bulldogs are the defending sectional champion. Haddon-field's strength is its balance. Emily Grabiak and Kathleen Jordan both have 11 goals, and Sarah Dudek, who scored in Monday's 1-0 win over West Deptford, has 10. Haddon Township is led by Jess Dochney, who has 16 goals and 11 assists. Sophomore Pa- The goal was typical for Hurff, who has 20 assists this season. "There are not too many players who can hold the ball like him and are so calm with the ball," St. Augustine coach Les Heggan said. "He has the ability to slow the game down." "At lot of us play a high level of club ball, and this is a great style for us," Hurff said. Heggan employs the style for a reason. "I like possession," he said. "I don't like giving up possession, and we work on this every day." Ranked second in South Jersey by The Inquirer, St. Augustine's only defeat was a 1-0 loss to Rancocas Valley in the final of the South Jersey coaches' tournament. That was a game in which the Hermits met a team that also played their style. "I think playing a team like Rancocas Valley really helped," Heggan said. He also knew that Eustace would be a challenge even though the Crusaders entered the game with a 9-6 record. Still, this was a Eustace team that had just two seniors and two juniors, and that appeared to have a bright future. It was also a team with wins over Le-nape and Moorestown, sectional finalists. Eustace has a topflight goalie in junior Tyler Miller, who made a sensational save on a I- CLEM MURRAY Staff Photographer Caroline Huelster and Lenape, the No. 1 seed in South Jersey Group 4, will take on No. 6 Eastern. trice Maro has 14 goals and six assists, and just returned in Monday's 3-1 win over Haddon Heights after missing three weeks with a knee injury. South Jersey Group 1 No. 2 Clayton (17-4-1) at No. 2 Pennsville, (19-3), 2 p.m. tomorrow. This has been a record-setting season for Clayton, which has the most wins in school history and won its first-ever Tri-County Classic title. Senior Val Perretti has 17 shutouts this season and 50 in her career. Senior Felicia Riccelli has 18 goals, while freshman Maxie New has 14. Pennsville junior Alex Smith has five goals in the Eagles' three playoff wins and leads a strong offense. Pennsvile's top scorers are Chelsea Ab-hau (25 goals), Alex Smith (21), and Sarah Nickle (12). Non-Public A No. 1 Paul VI (20-1) vs. No. 2 Red Bank Catholic (19-0), 8 p.m. tomorrow at Holmdel. Red Bank Catholic is ranked No. 2 in the state by the Newark Star-Ledger and has won its two playoff games by a combined 10-0 score. Paul VI is without all-star stopper Becky Sparks, who suffered a knee injury in the Eagles' first tournament game and is out for the season. Sophomore Brittany Ratcliffe has 23 goals, while junior Chelsea Phelps, who scored both ELIZABETH ROBERTSON Staff Photographer St. Augustine's Justin TenBrook (7) goes up for a header as Bishop Eustace goalie Tyler Miller tries to knock the ball away during the Non-Public A boys' soccer semifinal match. blast by Hurff to the short side to keep the score 1-0. After St. Augustine's Martin Murray made the score 2-0 with about 15 minutes left in regulation time, Miller came out of the goal and played offense. Yet the best offense was still being played by Hurff, who blasted a 20-yarder for the Hermits' third goal. Late in the game, Miller scored on a scram Spotlight on Soccer Boys' Soccer Game of the Week South Jersey Group 3 final: Burlington Township at Moorestown, Friday, time to be announced. Moorestown beat its Liberty Division foe twice in the regular season, 1-0, and 2-0. Burlington Township has won three one-goal decisions to advance, while defending sectional champ Moorestown has won two of its three games by one goal. Marc Narducci te Inquirer te Inquirer BOYS' SOCCER Records are through Monday. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1 . Rancocas Valley (1) 18-2-3 2. St. Augustine (2) 20-1 3. West Deptford (3) 18-2-1 4. Delran (5) 16-2-1 5. Lenape (6) 15-4-2 6. Cherry Hill East (4) 11-4-2 7. Cherry Hill West (8) 15-4-1 8. Moorestown (NR) 11-8 9. Eastern (7) 11-5-3 10. Clearview (10) 16-1-3 Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Haddon Township (18-3), Millville (11-7-1), Sacred Heart (15-2) Marc Narducci goals in the 2-0 semifinal win over Notre Dame, has added 12. This is one of the rare times Paul VI will be the underdog. Non-Public B No. 2 Holy Cross (14-3-2) vs. No. 1 Gloucester Catholic (17-1-1), 7 p.m. tomorrow at Eastern. Holy Cross has received inspired play from freshman Claire MacAdams, who has 18 goals, including three in two playoff wins. Gloucester Catholic senior midfielder Chelsea Duffy is among South Jersey's top players, with 18 goals. Junior Korrie Harkins has 16 goals. Gloucester Catholic's postseason experience could be a key. ble in front of the net, but the game was well in hand. For the Hermits, style and substance had prevailed once again. Bishop Eustace 0 1 1 St. Augustine 12 3 Goals: S-Christian Gill, Martin Murray, Connor Hurff. B-Tyler Miller. Saves S-John Richards 4, B-Tyler Miller 6, Vince Maiorino 1 . Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225 or mnarducciphillynews.com. GIRLS' SOCCER Records are through Monday. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1 . Lenape (1) 20-1 2. Paul VI (3) 20-1 3. Washington Twp. (3) 15-7 4. Glou. Catholic. (4) 17-1-1 5. Clearview (5) 15-4-2 6. Eastern (6) 16-5 7. Shawnee (9) 18-4-1 8. Williamstown (7) 16-4 9. Haddonfield (9) 20-1-1 1 0. Moorestown (NR) 12-5-2 Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Cinnaminson (14-4-2), Haddon Township (19-2-1). Marc Narducci Central Jersey Group 2 No. 12 Shore (10-9-1) at No. 2 Cinnaminson (14-4-2), 2 p.m tomorrow. Cinnaminson has a strong defense, led by sweeper Keriann McGettigan. The Pirates have 11 shutouts, including two in their two tournament games. Becky Forcellini has a team-high 21 goals, while Christine Gannon has 16. Shore has played a difficult schedule in the Shore Conference and advanced with a 2-1 overtime win over No. 8 seed Governor Livingston. Contact staff writer Marc Narducci at 856-779-3225 or mnarducciphillynews.com.

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