OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City High School girls soccer team by no means dominated Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Thursday afternoon’s South Jersey Group III quarterfinal game.
But the Raiders were certainly good enough. And at this time of year, that’s all that matters.
Faith Slimmer continued her amazing freshman season by posting two goals as Ocean City recorded a 2-0 victory over the pesky Cheetahs to advance in the tournament. The win sends the top-seeded Raiders into the sectional semifinal round, where they’ll face No. 4 Lacey Township on Monday at 2 p.m. at Carey Stadium. Lacey beat No. 5 Deptford, 2-0, in its quarterfinal game Thursday.
Slimmer scored early in the first half and then was credited with a second goal when her crossing pass deflected off of a GCIT back and into the left corner of goal with 10 minutes to play to put the game away.
Slimmer exited the game with 20 goals for the season.
A compact and on point Raider defense limited eighth-seeded GCIT’s chances throughout, although goalkeeper Abbey Fenton had to be alert to flick a redirected cross at the right post out of harm’s way early in the second half.
Ocean City, which won its fifth straight, improved to 18-3 with the win. GCIT finished at 12-8-2.
— Brian Cunniff