WEST ORANGE, NJ - Golda Och Academy senior forward Ilana Schimmel scored a record 27 goals this season for the Girls Varsity Soccer team, shattering the team’s previously held record of 18. Prior to the start of the season, the tri-captain had scored a total of 25 goals. Her career total of 52, along with 14 assists, ranks her third on the school’s all-time scoring list.
“It was phenomenal that Ilana scored in every game except one,” said Robert Cohen, coach of the Girls Varsity Soccer team. “She really matured since her freshman year, worked hard in practice and applied that in the games.” Cohen also added that even when Schimmel was on the sidelines, she was a cheerleader for the team.
Following an injury from the team’s second starting forward, Schimmel stepped up to the plate and helped the team procure its second best season in the school’s history with ten wins, four losses and one tie. “I just always played my hardest, and the ball found its way into the back of the net,” said Schimmel. “Even though it counts as individual statistics, I would not have been able to do any of this without my teammates.”
Schimmel, a Bergenfield resident, has been playing soccer since fourth grade. She is also very active in the Arts program at Golda Och and will have the lead in this year’s production of Legally Blonde. Schimmel is also involved in the school’s choir and dance team and plans to major in Musical Theater in college.