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High School Soccer:
Delran Wins the Battle of the Undefeated

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

It was a perfect day to hang outdoors and enjoy the wonderful weather we were having in the month of October. There were quite a few people doing just that in Delran watching two very closely matched boy's soccer teams compete in a Burlington County League game. The Bears from Delran were hosting Rancocas Valley and would play out to be an important game for both teams. After the first half had ended in a scoreless tie, Delran would score the only goal of the game when leading scorer Tommy Orr deposited the ball into the net. With the home crowd still buzzing with jubilance, Orr would suffer a leg injured that kept him out of the game. Delran would remain undefeated winning its eleventh game of the season.

The injury to Orr would prove costly as any team losing one of its leaders has an effect on every person on the team. But the team has to continue on with their quest and find a way to overcome a setback. With the clock showing 12:19 when Orr scored, the cheers began to be silent as Orr continued to lie on the ground after scoring. As more news began to come from the medical staff, the injury would be serious enough to believe that Orr might be out for the remainder of the season. From that point on, the game would continue with Delran’s defense holding off any challenges the Red Devils presented.

Photos by Nancy Pope

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