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VIDEO, PHOTO GALLERY: Middle blanks rival on ‘Salute to Service Night’

Middle Township's Emily Mendel turns upfield as Lower Cape May's Lexi Cremin gives chase.

  • Lower Cape May goalkeeper Kiara Soto watches a Middle Township shot go wide of goal.
  • Middle Township's Kira Sides attempts to cross the ball through the penalty area as Lower Cape May's Jordan Dougherty defends.
  • Middle Township's Maddyn McAnaney advances the ball down the flank.
  • Middle Township's Mia Rafter dribbles as Lower Cape May's Logan McKeown closes.
  • Lower Cape May's Logan McKeown clears the ball away from Middle Township's Kira Sides,
  • Lower Cape May's Hadden Miller (left) and Middle Township's Kira Sides battle for possession.
  • Lowewr Cape May's Molly McGuigan waits for the ball to come out of the air.
  • Lower Cape May's Christina McCann looks to clear as Middle Township's Anna Bond pressures.
  • Middle's Abby Ridgway looks to distribute from out of the back.
  • Middle Township's Emily Mendel turns upfield as Lower Cape May's Lexi Cremin gives chase.
  • Lower Cape May's Chloe Lawler draws the attention of three Middle defenders.

By BRIAN CUNNIFF

CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — The players on the Middle Township and Lower Cape May Regional high school girls soccer teams were either infants or not yet born when the 9/11 tragedy occurred in 2001.

That didn’t stop the teams from participating in a poignant ceremony prior to their game against one another Wednesday evening at the Boyd Street Field.

With Middle coach Tina Prickett serving as emcee, Middle held a “Salute To Service” presentation that honored first responders, while also honoring the memories of the nearly 3,000 people killed on that fateful day. Middle’s girls soccer team sold T-shirts for the occasion, with proceeds going to the World Trade Center NJ Scholarship Fund.

Once the game started, Middle was dominant. The Lady Panthers scored three times in the opening 11 minutes en route to a 7-0 win over one of their biggest rivals.

Kira Sides scored three goals and Anna Bond, Eva Dimitrov, Hannah Price and Elaina Nelson each added tallied for Middle.