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Spartans Sports News

Boys Soccer defeated United Christian, 6-0

Spartan Player Highlight: Goals were scored by Warren Vanard, Michael Weaver, Ibrahim Faye, Ryan Halasa, Chazz Wells, and Nick St, Juste.

Girls Soccer Defeated Foundations Collegiate, 3-1

Spartan Player Highlight: Tomi Oluwaseun-Apo scored 2 goals and Samantha Akre also added a goal.

Cross Country finishes 1st at Villa Victoria

Both the Girls Cross Country team and Boys Cross Country team won first place at the Villa Victoria Meet. The Boy Spartans finished 1st through 5th during the meet, while the Girl Spartans finished 1st, 2nd, and 5th.

Boys Soccer Highlighted as the Game of the Week

Boys Soccer Highlighted as the Game of the Week


  • Photo courtesy of The Burlington County Times, Nancy Rokos: New boys head coach Ryan Smales

BURLINGTON — Nick St. Juste demonstrated where he's improved. Two goals less than three minutes apart in the second half didn't just serve to rescue Doane Academy from a slowly developing disaster, they served to demonstrate the accuracy of first-year coach Ryan Smales' take on his game.

"He won't mind me saying this," Smales said. "I sometimes wish he was a little more effective off the ball than he was on the ball, but he, in all fairness, has improved that part of his game, even in the short time we've had together."

Twice on Wednesday, he saw lackadaisical play in front of the Morrisville net. Twice he pounced on poor clearances and pumped them in, as the Spartans defeated Morrisville 8-4 in their nonleague boys soccer game.

The goals were the third and fourth of the game for St. Juste, who scored twice in the first half as Doane put together a 4-0 lead.

The first came after a sprint down the left side in pursuit of Jayson O'Connell's long clearance. St. Juste overtook the ball just inside the 18, turned and fired a hard, low shot into the left side of the net. The other came after he ran onto Brian Pollard's through ball, beat everyone down the middle of the pitch and side-footed his finish just inside the left post.

"Nick is a tremendous athlete," Smales said. "He's got that tremendous ability to change a game. His effect on the pitch and off the pitch is something we've very lucky to have. Great guy."

The leadership part is something new for St. Juste, who already has nine goals this season, but it was part of his plan, coming into his final year at Doane.

"I needed to be a better leader, because I'm a senior now," he said. "And I want to help my team, being in a comeback – changing the name of Doane soccer. It means playing hard, giving everything you've got, 110 percent, and just playing together as a family."

Doane got an 18-yard chip from Warren Vanard into the left side of the net after just 75 seconds of play. Levy Menjivar-Sanchez scored the third goal on a penalty kick after he collided with Morrisville keeper Owen Sorrentino.

It looked like it was going to be easy. It wasn't.

Jerry Kpehe scored for Morrisville on a second ball off a corner early in the second half. Luis Beletzuy made it 4-2 on a determined run through the midfield, and then 4-3 on a direct kick from 25 yards away.

"In the second half, it was a brand new team," Morrisville coach Kelly Mott said. "The hustle was up, the intensity was up and they were believing in themselves. We just had minor breakdowns, and we only have a certain amount of players (they dressed 13), so players do get fatigued a little bit earlier, but each game, it's progressing."

Fatigue may have accounted for the bad clearance. The Bulldogs tried to go wide to the left flank after a Doane chance, St. Juste was lurking. He stole the clearance and put his shot across the front and into the far-side netting.

"I just told myself I can't let my team lose," he said. "We've been working hard, from not having good seasons at all to now having a winning season, we have to win this game. I just tried to get it on goal. Get a shot and get my team back."

The fourth goal was similar, except St. Juste got to line it up. This time the bad touch came on the flank and he was the first to the ball in the middle. Then it was his turn to go top bins from 25 yards out.

"The goalie was trying to stay away and keep closer to where his defender was keeping me," St. Juste said. "I just needed to turn around and shoot it right to the far side."

It was over as a contest after that. Menjivar-Sanchez made it 7-3 with a curling strike from the right corner and O'Connell headed in Michael Weaver's cross for the final goal.

Those two came sandwiched around another long-distance strike by the Bulldogs, who made it 7-4 when Dave Jn'Pierre's restart from beyond the right corner of the box got just over Ryan Halasa and just inside the far post.

"We started really well," Smales said. "We came out of the box fast, which was our objective, and it went well, but the second half, we just took our foot off the gas, and I was disappointed with that. But the boys know, and we'll learn from that going forward."

Girls Soccer defeated Philadelphia Montgomery Christian, 4-3

Spartan Player Highlights: Tomi Oluwaseun-Apo scored 2 goals and Erin Doran and Elissa Frederique both added goals. Goalie, Maddy Rios recorded 25 saves.

Cross Country finishes 2nd in the Philmont Academy meet

Spartan Player Highlight: Connor McHugh led all Spartans with a 7th place finish

Girls Soccer Defeated by Barrack Hebrew, 4-1

Spartan Player Highlight: Erin Doran scored the lone goal for the Spartans

Boys Soccer Defeats Solebury, 2-0

Spartan Player Highlights: Goals were scored by Nick St. Juste and Chazz Wells. Goalie, Ryan Halasa recorded 8 saves in the shutout.

Cross Country Wins the Solebury Invitational

Cross Country won the invitational at Solebury, coming in 1st place as a team. Connor McHugh was the lead runner on Doane finishing 2nd overall, Trent Post 3rd, and Sean Congleton 4th. The boys overall score was 34.

Boys Soccer Defeats Community Academy 11-0

Spartan Highlight: Nick St. Juste scored four goals

Girls Softball - 18, Timothy Christian - 1

Spartan Team Highlights: Spartans move on to the 2nd round of the New Jersey State Playoffs

Girls Softball - 18, New Foundations - 3 (Penn-Jersey Championship Game)

Doane Softball defeats New Foundations by a score of 18-3. Doane wins the Penn-Jersey Championship! Congratulations, Spartans!

Spartan Player Highlight: Amelia Strenchos was 3 for 3 and drove in 2 runs

Girls Softball advances past Girard College, 21-0

Spartans Team Highlight: Girls Softball advances to the Penn-Jersey Championship verses New Foundations. First pitch scheduled for 4 PM at Cairn University.

Girls Softball defeated by Morristown-Beard, 6-3

Spartan Player Highlight: Diana Fine drove in 2 runs

Girls Softball advances past Montclair Kimberly, 7-3

Breaking News: Doane Academy Softball advances to the NJSIAA Prep B State Championship Game

Boys Baseball defeated by New Foundations, 7-0

Spartan Player Highlight: Ben Marchesani pitched a complete game and added a single

Boys Baseball advances past Solebury, 6-4

Spartan Player Highlight: Ben Marchesani tallied 4 hits

Girls Softball advances past Wardlaw-Hartridge, 18-2

Spartan Player Highlight: Elissa Frederique drove in 4 runs

Girls Softball routs Villa Victoria, 17-2

Spartan Team Highlight: Doane concludes the regular season with a 10-4 record. Prep Playoffs begin 5/10 at home vs Wardlaw Hartridge.

Girls Softball routs Atlantic Christian, 10-2

Spartan Player Highlight: Sarah Marchesani went 2 for 2, drove in 2 runs, and walked twice