The Middle Township and Ocean City high school boys soccer teams each won South Jersey titles on Friday.

Middle, the No. 2 seed, won the Group II title by defeating top seed West Deptford on penalty kicks. The game was tied 0-0 after regulation and overtime and the Panthers won 6-5 on penalties.

Middle Township advances to a state Group II semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Augustine Prep against Central Jersey champion Delran.

Ocean City, the top seed, avenged an earlier loss to No. 3 seed Timber Creek 2-0 to win the Group III title. Aaron King scored both goals for the Red Raiders.

Ocean City will play Central Jersey champion Allentown at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Toms River East High School.


Started at The Press in 1993 as an Ocean County reporter. Moved to the copy desk in 1994 until taking over as editor of At The Shore in 1995. Became deputy sports editor in 2004 and was promoted to sports editor in 2007.