By TOM WILLIAMS
Two defending champions came to Carey Stadium tonight and they both left after defeats.
The Ocean City High School field hockey team dominated Millville, 8-0, in the opener of the doubleheader. And the boys soccer team topped Mainland, 2-0, in the nightcap on a pair of goals by the Paone brothers.
Millville won the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference championship last season, ending Ocean City’s 20-year streak of titles. Both teams lost talent to graduation and Millville’s top scorer is out with an injury. But the Raiders (3-0) dominated this game.
Tara McNally led the scoring with a pair of goals as OCHS scored seven second half goals. Jaclyn Charbonneau scored in the first half to give Ocean City the one-goal lead at intermission. In addition to McNally’s two goals, Molly Reardon, Reese Bloomstead, Courtney Stoerrle, Chloe Prettyman and Liv Schneider each scored once. Reardon, Charbonneau and Bloomstead each had two assists. Maddie Kahn did not have to make a single save to register her second shutout of the season.
Coach Kelsey Mitchell talks about the win, below, in an exclusive video interview.
In the soccer game, Hunter Paone scored halfway through the first half with an assist from Luke Varallo and Trevor Paone added a goal with just under eight minutes remaining in the game with an assist from Matt Brook. Brian Calderon made nine saves to earn the shutout.
Mainland had defeated Ocean City on the same Carey Stadium field last season in the South Jersey Group 3 championship game.
OCHS coach Aaron Bogushefsky discusses the win, below, in an exclusive video interview.
Though the Carey Stadium turf is thought of by many as a plus for the OCHS football team because more people attend those games, tonight’s doubleheader is indicative of the value of the turf. Without it, both games (and a couple others) would have been postponed to back up the schedules of Ocean City teams.
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