By LESLEY GRAHAMThe Ocean City High School girls soccer team has had a stellar season thus far. But that’s not surprising to head coach Kelly Halliday.Halliday, who has been a part of Ocean City girls soccer for the past seven seasons, is proud of what the players have accomplished this season but has her sights set on more.“This is a special group of young ladies. Their passion and determination to compete every day at practice has directly led to their success on the field,” Halliday said in an interview.The Red Raiders are 16-1 on the season, including a perfect 12-0 record in conference play. Led by a talented group of seniors, the Red Raiders captured the 2019 Cape-Atlantic League title this past week with a victory over previously undefeated Millville.“We have great leadership, in addition to great soccer players,” Halliday said. “That combination has allowed us to elevate our level of play as well as continue the rich tradition that is Ocean City girls soccer.”The Red Raiders previously won the CAL title in 2016 and 2017.Halliday credits the team-first mentality that her group of “fab five seniors” has brought to the table.“I have never had a group so bought-in before. It really positively affects the team dynamic,” she said.The Red Raiders are 16-1 on the season, including a perfect 12-0 record in conference play.In addition, Ocean City has a strong leadership contingent with four uniquely qualified captains. Three seniors and one junior comprise the leadership of the Red Raiders.Senior goalie Abbey Fenton sets the tone for the squad, pushing her teammates every day to be better, according to Halliday.Delaney Lappin, a senior bound for Drexel University next season to continue her soccer career, is the utility player for her team.“She will do anything from any position, whatever her team needs from her,” Halliday said.Carly Reighard, the final senior captain who will continue her career at Jefferson University next year, is the heart and soul of the team.“She is a difference maker out there on the field,” Halliday said.Faith Slimmer, the lone junior captain, is a force to be reckoned with on the pitch. Slimmer, who has verbally committed to Rutgers University, leads the team with 26 goals and 17 assists on the season so far.“She elevates the play of those around her,” Halliday said.The Red Raiders are participating in the South Jersey Coaches Association Tournament, receiving the No. 3 seed. The tournament invites the top 16 teams in South Jersey, regardless of group size, as a tune-up for the state playoffs.Ocean City will host conference foe and the 14th seeded Egg Harbor Township Eagles 10 a.m. Saturday at Carey Stadium. From left, seniors Carly Reighard, Delaney Lappin, Abbey Fenton, Hannah Keane and Katie Mazzitelli provide experience and talent.
The 1933 book ‘The Mighty Kick: Romance, History and Humor of Football’already pointed out that Wanderers “They were the first Englishmen to play in most major European cities, although their exceptional task was to visit small towns, where their name was barely known.” A milestone coming from the country where football was invented. They were so superior to most of their rivals that, in their beginnings, they established the norm of stopping if they scored nine goals; in case someone marked the tenth, he paid “drinks and evening entertainment.” And yet, they lost against him Spanish. And for a 5-0 that this Thursday would be worth the parakeets to work the miracle of accessing the round of 16 of the Europa League. A hopeful precedent of not being because those Wanderers were not of Wolverhamptonbut of Middlesex, just 200 kilometers away. Disciple of ‘Staples’, as Gibert was famous, Ricardo Zamora It was precisely one of the highlights in that double confrontation between the parrots and the Wanderers that was lived on May 23 and 24, 1925 in Sarrià. Espanyol was coming from a horrific year at the game level, but in the first of the commitments he was already imposed by a lonely 1-0, who scored three minutes from the end Martí Ventolrà, in one of his initial appearances with the parakeet club, and taking advantage of a goalkeeper’s rejection Roberts. At five in the afternoon of the next day, and with popular prices of one and two pesetas, exactly the same alignments met again. But this time the Espanyol had taken the registration to the Wanderers, until turning the equality of the first day into an absolute overflow. And in a blunt 5-0 that opened Ventolrà again, to the center of Crescent Olariaga, who gained weight with a hat-trick (one of them, on penalty) José Luis Zabala and that culminated Theodore Mauri, in a collective play with Pere Colls and the aforementioned Olariaga. A 5-0 from another era against a wandering team, the other Wanderers. Proof of this is what happened on April 17, 1914. 11 years before measuring with Espanyol, the Wanderers visited the Barcelona, in a series of four friendlies in 14 days. In the third of them, the whole team was short of troops because three of their players, who were students, did not receive permission from their teachers. So the Barça with three Espanyol players: Santiago Massana, Emili Sampere Y Pere Gibert. The latter was tried to sign after the game, but he replied like this: “No. in Espanyol I started and in Espanyol I will finish”. Founded in 1905 in a town that was located northwest of London and that decades later it was already absorbed by the big city, it was an exhibition team, of an ‘amateur’ character in a time, not in vain, where professionalism was not abundant but the trade, experience and sport simply for love .