South Jersey Soccer Championship Roundup

South Jersey Soccer Championship Roundup
Six teams from South Jersey won high school boys’ soccer sectional titles. This year due to the pandemic, the NJSIAA didn’t hold state championships so the highest a team could achieve would be a sectional champion.
 
Here is a look at the champions:
 
Southwest A (Group 1 A)
Haddon Township 4, Schalick 0
Top seeded Haddon Township was dominant in the final, receiving a hattrick from senior midfielder Jacob Chatten. Among the top midfielders in South Jersey, Chatten took his game up in the postseason. He also had two goals in the Hawks’ 4-2 semifinal win over Palmyra. The Hawks were the top seed and earned their first sectional title since 2016. Haddon Township finished 12-1-3 and won the highly competitive Colonial Conference Liberty Division.
 
South West B (Group 1 B) 
Florence 7, Riverside 2
This was a battle between long-time Burlington County Freedom Division schools. Junior Kevin Krall contributed three goals and two assists as Florence won its first ever South Jersey soccer title. 
 
South West C (Group 2)
West Deptford 2, Cedar Creek 1
The Eagles overcame a 1-0 deficit to win their first sectional title since claiming SJ Group 2 in 2012. West Deptford received goals from Nate Schultes Justin McCullen. The Eagles finished the season with six consecutive wins. 
 
Southwest D (Group 3)
Moorestown 2, Mainland 0
Moorestown got goals from Cade McGrath and Christian Tzeciak and Wyatt Atkinson earned the shutout as the Quakers ended their season 11-1-3. After losing 4-1 in its opener to Rancocas Valley, Moorestown went unbeaten in its final 14 games. Included during that span was a 2-1 win in a rematch against Rancocas Valley. Moorestown’s Atkinson starred in the South Jersey semifinal win over Northern Burlington. The teams played to a scoreless draw through regulation and overtime and Mooretown, with Atkinson making two saves, won the penalty kick shootout, 3-1.
 
South West E (Group 4) 
Shawnee 2, Cherry Hill East 0
Shawnee began its season with a 2-1 win over Cherry Hill East and ended the year with the 2-0 victory over the Cougars in the sectional final. In the title game, the Renegades received goals by Matthew Longshaw and Andrew Johnston. Junior keeper Daniel Ferrer made 13 saves, including one on a penalty kick. One of South Jersey’s historic programs, it was Shawnee’s first sectional title since winning South Jersey Group 3 in 2006. 
 
South West (Non Public)
St. Augustine 3, Paul VI 0

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The winning Hermits received goals from Brian Sharkey, Declan Davis and Michael Whiteman, while Gavin Brown was forced to make one save in earning the shutout. The Hermits (15-1-1) were dominant in the postseason, beating Holy Spirit, Camden Catholic and Paul VI by a combined 13-0 score. 

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