Varsity Boys’ Soccer
The Varsity Boys’ Soccer team finished the 2014 season in 5th place in the Tri-State Christian Athletic Conference. The 15-member team faced cross-town rival Pilgrim Academy in the quarter finals of the TSCAC playoffs, where they lost 2-1. This was the sixth consecutive season in which ACS advanced to the league playoffs. The team was led by Coach Gregg Laskow, in his sixth year as head coach, and senior co-captains #7 Bobby Boggs, goalie Sam Karabashian, and #18 Jonathan Pennella. Three ACS players were named to the 2014 TSCAC All-Star team – on defense Jonathan Pennella, and on offense Bobby Boggs and Jiesen Zhao. Boggs, who was a leading attacker in the league, was team MVP and made it into the ACS record books scoring 104 goals over his high school career.
Varsity Girls’ Soccer
The Varsity Girls’ Soccer team advanced to the first round of the TSCAC playoffs, where they lost 5-2 to The Christian Academy. The young team finished the regular 2014 season as the number 5 seed in the league. Coach Carly Witherow, a 2008 ACS alumnus, was in her first year as head coach, moving up from her position last year as head coach of the Middle School Girls’ team. Defender Ola Oguntuase, DJ Hitchner (midfield), Shannon Murphy (goalie), and Tola Oguntuase (forward) were named to the TSCAC All-Star team. Oguntuase and Hitchner, who scored 16 goals in the season, led the team as co-captains. Goalie Murphy played a key role on defense, making over 200 saves.
Middle School Soccer
The Middle School Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer teams competed in the Atlantic Cape Junior High League. The 11-member Boys’ team posted a winning season, finishing with a 9-8 record, a significant turn-around from the prior season. Alex Kelly and Ben Noble led the team offensively, and Solomon Griffith made a strong defensive contribution as goalkeeper. ACS alumnus Paul Greeley (‘09) served in his fourth year as head coach.
The Middle School Girls’ team posted a 10-10-1 season, with Casey Harper in her first year as head coach. The 18-member team was led by five strong 8th grade players – midfielders Lindsey Ash, Rebekah Darragh, and Lola Oguntuase, Emily Loeb on defense, and goalkeeper Caroline Winkel, who made 188 saves. Midfielder Serena D’Anna led the team on offense, scoring 14 goals, and Jessa Ordile and Sydney Pearson led a strong defense. Season highlights included wins over Northfield Community School and the Jordan Road School in Somers Point, where ACS scored the winning goal with less than two minutes left on the clock.