BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - So which high school girls soccer conference is the strongest? The debate may be settled this weekend when Skyland Conference teams will meet Shore Conference teams in the inaugural "The Mountains vs. The Seas" girls soccer showcase and fundraising event.
Seven cross-conference matchups are set for Sunday, Sept. 23, at The Pingry School, with the teams fundraising to support Go4theGoal, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping kids with cancer and their families.
The event coincides with the 8th Annual National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day, Friday, Sep. 28.
Admission to the event is free but donations to the cause can be made at https://donate.go4thegoal.org/campaign/the-mountains-vs-the-seas/c195873
Watchung Hills girls soccer head coach Brian Figueiredo said the idea for the event came about from years of debate regarding which conference was stronger in girls high school soccer.
The original goal was to raise $30,000, and as of today, over $44,000 has been raised. “Just incredible what all the teams have done, and I'm extremely proud of everyone's efforts,” said Figueiredo.
The Watchung Hills and the Pingry Girls Soccer teams are running neck and neck as the leading fundraising teams to date with $7827 and $8200 raised.
"What an amazing event organized by our own Coach Fig and graciously hosted by Pingry,” said WHRHS Director of Athletics Dan Root. “ I am incredibly proud of the efforts of our girls soccer team who have raised over 7,800 dollars."
Representing the Skyland Conference are: Bridgewater-Raritan, Hunterdon Central, Mount St. Mary, Pingry, Ridge, Somerville and Watchung Hills.
And representing the Shore Conference are: Freehold Township, Jackson Memorial, Middletown South, St. John Vianney, Shore, Red Bank Catholic and Toms River North.
In addition to raising money for Go4theGoal and settling the debate on the strongest conference, the event will also showcase girls high school soccer.
The schedule is:
Mount St. Mary vs. Shore Regional, 10 a.m., Babbit Field
Somerville vs. St. John Vianney, 10 a.m. Parsons Field
Watchung Hills vs. Middletown South, 12 p.m. Babbit Field
Hunterdon Central vs. Freehold Township, 12 p.m. Parsons Field
Pingry vs. Red Bank Catholic, 12 p.m. Miller A Bugliari ’52 World Cup Field
Ridge vs. Toms River North, 2 p.m. Babbit Field
Bridgewater-Raritan vs. Jackson Memorial, 2 p.m. Parsons Field
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children, yet less than 4% of Federal funding goes toward pediatric cancer research, according to www.Go4theGoal.org
Go4theGoal’s unwavering mission is to improve the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs, funding innovative research, and granting personal wishes. Through our first hand experience with pediatric cancer and our medical background, Go4theGoal provides the best practices to patients, their families, and the hospitals and staff that care for them.
For more information on "The Mountains vs. The Seas", contact Brian Figueiredo at BrianFig73@verizon.net.
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