OCEAN CITY — The precision passing and shooting of the Ocean City High School girls soccer team were a bit too much for Egg Harbor Township on Saturday in their Cape-Atlantic League Tournament semifinal game.

The top-seeded Red Raiders, ranked eighth in The Press Elite 11, scored five first-half goals and beat fourth-seeded EHT 6-0 in near-perfect sunny weather at Carey Stadium. Carly Reighard scored the first goal, then Summer Reimet added consecutive goals, and Faith Slimmer scored the final three.

Ocean City will meet second-seeded Millville, which beat third-seeded Our Lady of Mercy Academy 6-1 in the other semifinal Saturday, for the championship at 4 p.m. Monday at Egg Harbor Township High School.

Ocean City improved to 14-1, losing to Rancocas Valley, No. 7 in The Elite 11, 2-1 on Sept. 16. EHT dropped to 10-4.

“I was very happy with our execution, our plan,” Ocean City coach Kelly Halliday said. “I thought we played really crisp soccer. We looked really pretty out there, and we scored a few goals.”

The Red Raiders lost to Mainland Regional on a shootout in the inaugural CAL Tournament championship game last year at EHT.

“We set high goals, and one of the first is definitely the CAL championship,” Halliday said. “We want to make a statement here, especially losing to Mainland in that big game last year, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Reighard, a senior center midfielder, scored to make it 1-0 in the fifth minute of play, and Hope Slimmer, Faith’s younger sister, assisted.

Reimet added the next two goals, the first from in front off an assist by Suzy Dietrich. Reimet made it 3-0 with an unassisted goal in the 17th minute when she brought the ball toward the net and got it past diving Eagles goalie Grace Baumgartel. Reimet has 23 goals on the year.

“We’re just super excited to play,” said Reimet, a sophomore forward/midfielder and O.C. resident. “We knew what we had to do to beat them. Losing to Mainland was really sad for us last year, so we’re just hoping to win this year. We played EHT in the semifinal last year, just like today.”

Faith Slimmer scored the final two goals of the first half. She upped the lead to 4-0 when she scored on a hard shot from 12 yards out. Kelsey White assisted. Slimmer added a goal from the right side, off Reimet’s assist. Slimmer’s final goal, her 25th of the season, was from three yards out in the second half, and Reichard got the assist.

“We felt awesome,” said Faith Slimmer, a junior forward-midfielder from Petersburg in Upper Township. “It’s always a great experience coming out to the semifinal on a Saturday morning at our home. It was a good atmosphere to play in. We’ve been excited for this game for so long and we stepped up and and we played our best as a team and got it done.”

Baumgartel made some big stops, and finished with 14 saves. O.C.’s Abby Fenton had four saves.

Millville tops

The unbeaten Millville beat OLMA 6-0 on Saturday in the other semifinal. Kelsey Andres scored two goals for the host Thunderbolts (14-0).

Andres opened the scoring in the first half, but OLMA’s Isabella Burhanna tied it and the game was 1-1 at halftime.

Millville dominated the second half and got goals from Jayme Sooy, Olivia Giordano, Julianna Giordano (Olivia’s twin sister), Andres and Karli Jones. Trista Cleaves and Kira Parson combined for three saves for the win. OLMA’s Isabella Testa made five stops.

“OLMA played well and we weren’t playing our team game like we needed to in the first half,” Millville coach Brian Sloan said. “We came right out and scored in the first minute of the second half. We were playing simple soccer and total team soccer. We played much better in the second half and played together.”

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