Two Cape May County high school girls soccer teams advanced and two others had their seasons ended with losses as the state playoffs began Tuesday afternoon.
Middle Township pulled off a seed upset in South Jersey Group II. The Lady Panthers, seeded ninth, won 1-0 at No. 8 Oakcrest on a Nadine Coyle second-half goal, which was assisted by Kira Sides. Brynn Bock made nine saves for the shutout in goal. It was the third time this season the two teams met; Middle had beaten and drew with the Falcons in those two previous contests. The playoff win gives Middle (9-8-2) a date with top-seeded Delsea on Friday.
Ocean City, the fifth seed in the South Jersey Group III Tournament, handed No. 12 Absegami a 6-1 defeat. Faith Slimmer scored twice and Delaney Lappin, Anna Devlin, Summer Reimet and Tori Rolls each added goals for the Raiders (14-5-2). Ocean City will get another home game on Thursday against No. 13 Toms River East, which upset No. 4 GCIT, 3-0, on Thursday.
Wildwood Catholic endured a bitter defeat in South Jersey Non-Public B. The Crusaders, seeded eighth, held a 1-0 lead thanks to Ivy Bolle’s opener, but No. 9 Gloucester Catholic rallied with two goals in the final 12 minutes to stun the Crusaders, 2-1. The game winner was scored with less than two minutes remaining. The Crusaders, who project to bring back nine starters next fall, finished at 10-3-3.
Lower Cape May, the 15th seed in South Jersey Group II, lost 6-0 at No. 2 Haddonfield. The Lady Tigers finished at 2-17.