And then there were four.
The list of Times-area women’s soccer teams with perfect records is small, and it’s set to get even smaller this week with some key Colonial Valley Conference contests involving two 5-0 teams: Highstown and Steinert. The Rams have a tough game with Princeton earlier in the week, then host the Spartans on Saturday in what is shaping up to be CVC’s best matchup of the season.
The only other unblemished team right now is Pennington, and the nationally ranked Red Hawks could stay that way for quite some time thanks to what could be the best ninth-grade class in the nation. Oh, and Pennington has a junior forward line of Morgan Kotch (nine goals) and Hailey Adamsky (three goals), with a defense that has stopped opposition attacks. Pennington outscored their four opponents 15-1 in the first 40 minutes of their four games, but the Red Hawks also performed well in the second half, with a 10-2 advantage.
The two Skyland Conference teams, Montgomery and South Hunterdon, are still looking for their first wins, while the Burlington County Scholastic League teams are led by New Egypt, the region’s last undefeated team.
What will happen this week?
BACK TO THE BEST GAMES OF WEEK 2
Hightstown 3-0 Laurent: The Rams’ turnover continued in Week 2 with more impressive wins. Hightstown scored three goals in the second half and are one of two undefeated CVC teams.
Allentown 2-1 Princeton: the Redbirds got two second-half goals from Bella Conti, including a late winner, to eliminate the previously state-ranked Little Tigers. Allentown now controls the Valley Division.
Hamilton West 6-4 Nottingham: the Hornets (1-4) got four first-half goals from Morgan Bressler, then held on late to win their first game of the season.
North of Burlington 7-2 Bordentown: Greyhounds’ first win of the season (1-2) came at the expense of the Scotties (1-4). Six players scored for Northern Burlington, with Charlotte Burke scoring twice.
New Egypt 4-0 Pennsauken: The Warriors (2-0) got their campaign off to a successful start, as Gillian Horvath netted two goals and an assist to lead the way.
Pennington 5-0 Lawrenceville: for teams in the area, the last thing they needed to see was one of the nation’s top ninth-grade classes coming to Pennington to make this nationally ranked team even stronger. Mariah Lynch scored two goals and was one of four scorers: the Red Hawks (4-0) have already seen 10 different players find the net.
Pennington 6-0 Germantown Academy: in a week the PDS was scratched by Team INTERAC, the Red Hawks toppled GA. It was 5-0 at halftime for Pennington, who got goals from five different players, including two from the region’s leading scorer, Morgan Kotch.
Hun 7-0 Friends of Moorestown: the Raiders saw five players score goals, including two from Tessa Falcone and Julia Espinosa.
Episcopal 6-0 Hun: one of the most stunning results of the season, as the Raiders fall from the undefeated ranks at the hands of the INTERAC team.
A LOOK AT THE BEST GAMES OF WEEK 3
Princeton (4-1) at Hightstown (5-0), 4 p.m.: massive game for both teams in terms of CVC ranking and power points. Princeton already has one conference loss, and a second, with Steinert still to play, could see the Group 4 finalists exit the race early.
Peddie (0-1) at Pennington (4-0), 6:30 p.m.: for every game in the zone it becomes now, which Pennington player is going to step in and find the net this game? With Morgan Kotch, of course.
WW-P North (2-3) at Ewing (1-4), 4 p.m.: How many goals will Aditi Singh score for the Knights? She’s currently tied with Charlotte Garcia for the CVC lead (seven), and can pick up a handful more this week.
Steinert (5-0) at Hightstown (5-0), 10 a.m.: The CVC Game of the Year and Colonial Division Game of the Year come in a massive week for the Rams. Are they real? We will know very soon.
TIMES AREA BIG EIGHT RANKINGS
1. Pennington (4-0)
2. Chun (3-1)
3. Steinert (5-0)
4. Hightstown (5-0)
5. Allentown (4-1)
6. Princeton Day School (3-1)
7. Princeton (4-1)
8. Lawrence (3-1-1)
PLAYER OF THE WEEK AREA
Charlotte Garcia, F, Hightstown, Jr: seven goals already for the CVC co-chief, and they were important. She won two last weekend against Hopewell Valley, then scored a hat trick as the Rams beat Notre Dame 4-1. She also had three assists this week.
WATCH THE ZONE’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: WEEK 2
1. Morgan Kotch, F, Pennington, Jr.
2. Riley Hayes, F, Hun, Sr.
3. Reagan Amberson, BC, Pennington, Sr.
4. Hailey Adamsky, F, Pennington, Jr.
REGION TEAM OF THE WEEK
STEINERT (3-0, 5-0 on aggregate): The Spartans passed their first real test of the season with a 1-0 win over previously unbeaten Allentown. Steinert kept two clean sheets this week and outscored five opponents 22-3.
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