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Thompson Girls Soccer Middletown NJ
Dec 04, 2018

Thompson Girls Soccer Posts Winning Season

By Les Pierce

Thompson Girls Soccer Middletown NJ

Thompson Girls Soccer champions are (front row from left) Kirsten Prefer, Alexandra Greco, Nora Thomson, Kate Malvica, Kennedy Seldin, Lauren Ceurvels, Erin Prince, Callaghan Barrett, Gabriella Piscopo, and Jennifer Schuster; (back row from left) Rachel Thompson, Anneliese Esposito, Amanda Paterno, Vienna Alcure, Stephanie Percello, Marisa Seckular, Abigail Doherty, Sydney McDonnell, Keira Lynch, Devyn Drusjack, Deaven Cannon, and Alivia Kulawiak.

The Thompson Middle School girls soccer team closed out the 2018 campaign undefeated with a 12-0 record and were crowned Middle School Shore Conference Champions.

The Lions came off an 8-4 campaign in 2017 and had posted a 7-4-1 mark in 2016. Third-year coach Courtney Kling now holds a 27-8-1 record.

Thompson outpointed opponents by a 41-9 margin over the course of the season. Leading the squad in scoring were Abigail Doherty, Devyn Drusjack, Alivia Kulawiak, Kennedy Seldin, and Rachel Thompson. Anneliese Esposito (39 saves) and Alexandra Greco (42 saves) shared goalie duties and combined for seven shutouts.

The highlight of the season was a clash with powerhouse Matawan – Aberdeen. Matawan came into the match with a 16-game win streak and promptly established a three-goal advantage by halftime. But the Lions roared back in the second half to a 5-3 victory to end the streak and further the squad on the road to the championship title.

Kennedy Seldin led the comeback with two goals. Abigail Doherty, Alivia Kulawiak, and Amanda Paterno also scored to propel Lions to the upset victory.

“I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to coach what, in my opinion, was an incredibly talented, dedicated, and hardworking group of young ladies this season,” Kling said. “The team did an outstanding job navigating tough games, weather cancellations, and playing positions outside of their comfort zone. Our eighth graders were leaders both on and off the field and will be missed.”

Co-captains of the squad were Deaven Cannon, Abigail Doherty, Devyn Drusjack, Gabriella Piscopo and Erin Prince.

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