FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Group IV Champion Hunterdon Central Girls Soccer Team was honored Monday by the board of education for its second state title in the last four years.
The team defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 4-0, at the group IV finals at Kean University in November.
The team also won the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Championship Tournament, with a 2-1 win over North Hunterdon.
"It was amazing to watch how well you work as a team," said acting principal Edward Brandt. "There are three First Team All State athletes among them, but you couldn't tell because of how well they all worked together as a team."
Each member of the team was introduced and brought up on stage to shake hands with the members of the board of education.
Jesse Spencer, supervisor of athletics, praised the team and the coaching staff.
"Jeannine Calhoun and her entire coaching staff, what they are able to do year in and year out, putting fine young women in a position to be successful year in and year out, it's never easy because you lose players year to year, but it's what this team did to step up," he said. "The thing I took away from this group and the class and coaching staff is they do this together and for each other."
Calhoun, the head coach of the team, was also recognized for being named the New Jersey Girls Coaches Association Coach of the Year in the section and the state.
"It's overall a great year for our soccer team," Spencer said of the team that was 21-1-1 overall.
The boys soccer team was also recognized for winning the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament, with a 5-0 win over Delaware Valley, as well as making it to the final round of the NJSIAA Group IV tournament against Clifton. The team ended the season 18-4-1 overall.
"The team was group IV sectional state champs, and runner up in the group state championships, and it came down to a penalty kick in overtime," Spencer said.
Spencer recognized coach Anson Smith for his work with the team, as well as being named the United Soccer and New Jersey Coaches Association Coach of the Year for boys soccer.
"Congratulations to him on what he has done for the program, and to the team," Spencer said. "He is dedicated to the craft and the sport, and also to the student athletes. He is dedicated to doing it the right way."