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South Jersey Soccer:
Delaware Wizards Won't Let South Jersey Barons Clinch (2-0)!

Friday, July 31, 1998

By Forrest Robleto
SJSports Staff Writer

Paul Wimbelton, a key player for the South Jersey Barons, watched from the sidelines as the Delaware Wizards easily held the Barons from clinching their first ever Mid-Atlantic division title. Wimbelton was serving a suspension for having received six yellow cards over the season. He may or may not have made a difference but without him they didn't have much of an offense. Even the usual fine play of Paul Royal wasn't enough to keep them in the game.

In the 28th minute of the first half, Matt Tirchman got a free kick, which he slipped just under the bar to beat the Barons keeper, Paul Royal. At the 43rd minute Raul Ovalie bounced the ball over to Josh Quinter who put it home from eight yards out.

The partisan crowd of 1,454 fans had hoped to see the Barons take the division but instead saw them outshot nine to four in a disappointing effort. The Barons are now 11-6 (12-9 overall) and the Wizards are 13-3 in league play with 37 points in the standings. They could possibly clinch this weekend anyway if the second place New Jersey Stallions and the fourth place Reading Rage come through the weekend without a point.

The Barons last game of the regular season will be home next Saturday, August 8, at Carey Stadium in Ocean City, NJ against the Vermont Voltage. The game could decide the division championship.

In other news...

The Barons hosted a soccer competition for area youth before Friday night's game at Carey Stadium in Ocean City, NJ. Each age group (four players to a team) played to two finalists before the game between the Wizards and the Barons. At half time, before a crowd of over 1400, they played to determine champions. In the under 10 group, the Hamilton Knights defeated the Linwood Blue and in the under 14 group, UTS lost to Impact.

Hamilton Nights (U9 - U10)
Michael Mausaw, Steven Shincarick, Rich Mursheno, Leonard O'Koth
Impact (U13 - U14)
Paul Walownick, Sean Hansbury, Adam Williamson, Rob Spike

Photos by Forrest Robleto

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