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VIDEO, PHOTO GALLERY: Raiders see off GCIT, move into semifinal round

  • Ocean City's Carly Reighard closes down on a GCIT player
  • Ocean City's Natalie Stinson defends in the midfield
  • Ocean City's Delaney Lappin pushes the ball through the midfield
  • The Raiders' Haley Harper shields off a GCIT player at midfield
  • Ocean City's Natalie Stinson battles a GCIT player for a ball in the air.
  • Pagie Panico allows the ball to fall to her feet
  • Faith Slimmer, who scored both Raider goals, races a GCIT player to the ball
  • Ocean City's Tanis McDonnell sends the ball forward
  • Paige Panico beats a GCIT player down the right flank
  • Defender Anna Devlin provides security as Raider goalkeeper Abbey Fenton gathers the ball
  • Haley Harper holds possession on the wing
  • Natalie Stinson looks to pass after receiving a pass in the penalty area
  • Ocean City's Delaney Lappin turns past a GCIT player
  • Ocean City's Faith Slimmer looks to get off a shot

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