Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The West Deptford School Board acknowledged the boys' soccer head coach for his many accomplishments during the 2012 season.
Recognition for service has been a common theme at West Deptford school board meetings in the past couple of months. On Dec. 17, long-time board members James Mehaffey and Donald Hicks participated in their final meetings. That same night, board president Chris Strano made sure to recognize other West Deptford staff as well, particularly in the form of one coach who has taken the school community by storm. Steve Jakubowski, a 22-year-old alum of West Deptford High School was given accolades by Strano and the school board for being named the South Jersey Times boys' soccer Coach of the Year. He was acknowledged as the school board approved Jakubowski to return as an assistant coach for the Eagles baseball team. Jakubowski got his coaching …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Zach Bond scored less than two minutes into overtime to give Holmdel a 1-0 win over West Deptford in the Group 2 semifinals.
For the first time all postseason, the dramatic ending didn’t go the Eagles’ way. Zach Bond scored one minute, 55 seconds into overtime to give the Holmdel High School boy's soccer team a 1-0 victory over West Deptford in the NJSIAA Group 2 State semifinals, at Toms River East on Wednesday night. The victory sent Holmdel to its third-consecutive state final, which will be contested Saturday at the College of New Jersey. “It was a long journey getting back to the finals and it started in the preseason,” said Bond. “Five months of hard work and it pays off at this moment. Now we have to get ready to play one of the best games of our lives.” For West Deptford, the loss brings to an end an incredible postseason run that saw the Eagles …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Eagles will play the role of underdog yet again against heavily favored Holmdel.
A long week of waiting will be stretched out one more day for West Deptford boys' soccer. The Eagles' Group 2 state semifinal game against the Central Jersey champions, Holmdel, has been pushed back to Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. With rain and snow in the forecast for Tuesday, weather conditions are expected to be much more ideal on Wednesday for the game. The game will still be held at Toms River East. The Eagles, who won the South Jersey Group 2 championship last Monday in a thriller over Cinnaminson, will be entering the final four of the state tournament as the underdog, much in the same way that they have been throughout the sectional tournament. Holmdel enters the state semifinals as a well-known boys' soccer powerhouse. They have won …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
No. 9 West Deptford takes the 2-2 (4-1) victory at No. 7 Cinnaminson Monday.
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Monday, November 19, 2012
The Eagles boys nab the sectional crown with a 2-2 (4-1) victory in penalty kicks over Cinnaminson Monday.
West Deptford keeper Brendan Gill faced a single penalty kick in regulation against Cinnaminson in the South Jersey, Group 2 title game Monday—a single penalty kick that whipped by him on the right and put the Eagles in a hole with just minutes left in the game. After the Eagles and Pirates battled to a 2-2 tie through two overtimes, though, Gill wasn't about to let that happen again. The Eagles keeper would go on to make two critical saves, and his teammates were perfect on the other side through four shots as No.9-seeded West Deptford won, 4-1, on penalty kicks to capture the sectional crown. Get pictures from the game at Viewfinder: Eagles Boys' Soccer Wins South Jersey, Group 2 Title Far from being shaken after giving up the PK goal in…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
The West Deptford boys' and girls' soccer teams moved on to the Group 2 semifinals.
The West Deptford High School boys’ and girls’ soccer teams rose to the occasion Tuesday afternoon, each winning a South Jersey group 2 playoff game to advance. The boys team will now head to the sectional championship game, while the girls' team advanced to the semifinals. Unfortunately, the field hockey team could not make it a perfect three-for-three, as the Eagles dropped their Group 2 semifinal against Camden Catholic. The girls’ soccer team was led by Megan Sullivan, who scored two goals while assisting on the third goal. Paige Paratore also found the back of the net and Anna Kipp made five saves to preserve the shutout. The Eagles now have a chance to earn their way to the South Jersey finals on their home field after the Group 2 …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
No. 9 West Deptford boys' soccer defeats first-place Haddonfield, 1-0, Saturday in the Group 2 quarterfinals.
There are wins. There are playoff wins. And then there is the type of win the West Deptford High School boys’ soccer team experienced Saturday afternoon. Led by a goal less than two minutes in and a phenomenal defensive performance, the Eagles excised past demons while also keeping their playoff run alive in a 1-0 win over Haddonfield, at Scout Field. Senior Joey Mingrino scored one minute, 38 seconds into the game and Brendan Gill made the goal stand up with several key saves, helping No. 9 West Deptford end a five-game losing streak against No. 1 Haddonfield. “I can’t even describe it,” said Mingrino. “I was probably the happiest kid on earth. It was great. I have never beaten them in my high school career and beating them in the …
Friday, November 2, 2012
West Deptford faces Haddonfield in the quarterfinals of the Group 2 playoffs Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Once they saw the schedule, West Deptford High School boys’ soccer team knew if they were going to make a run in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group 2 playoffs, it would have to do so by getting past a familiar foe. That opportunity arrives tomorrow. No. 8 West Deptford will look to overcome its recent woes against Haddonfield when it travels to Scout Field to take on the No. 1 Bulldawgs, at 2:30 p.m. Haddonfield won both games this season (2-1, 3-2) and has beaten the Eagles in five straight games, dating back to 2010. West Deptford has been close in every game, but with its playoff life on the line, close won’t be good enough to keep the season going. “One thing we will have to do is control the physicality of the game,” West Deptford coach …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Both soccer teams and field hockey are playing the waiting game as they wait to hear when their next playoff games will take place.
As many schools in the area return to class today, focus is shifting to making up NJSIAA state playoff games washed out earlier this week by superstorm Sandy. This has resulted in a major shuffle in the schedule for football, boys' and girls' soccer and field hockey. For West Deptford's teams, it could make for a long wait. The boys' soccer team was able to get in its first round playoff game at Lower Cape May on Saturday morning. They won that match 1-0, allowing them to continue on to play Haddonfield in the second round. The NJSIAA is hoping to complete first round action for boys' soccer by Thursday and the second round by Saturday, according to press release sent out earlier this week. West Deptford athletic director Tim Cammarota …
Friday, October 26, 2012
The West Deptford girls' team got a No. 4 seed, while the boys' team earned a No. 8 seed in the Group 2 playoffs.
The NJSIAA released its playoff brackets for boys’ and girls’ soccer Thursday, giving the teams at West Deptford High School a glimpse of what lies ahead. The West Deptford girls’ team earned a No. 4 seed in the South Jersey group 2 playoffs and opens at home, Tuesday, against No. 13 Atlantic Tech. The Eagles (12-5) have won four-of-five entering today’s contest with Haddon Heights. Atlantic Tech figures to be of little threat, entering the postseason at 5-13-1. With a victory, West Deptford would advance to the quarterfinals and take on the winner of No. 5 Middle Township/No. 12 Buena. While the Eagles cannot afford to look ahead of anyone, they may be hard-pressed not to think about a semifinal matchup with No.1 Haddonfield. The …