After coming close to claiming championship titles in the past, the girls’ soccer team was able to finally get over the hump this year and win the Mountain Division title for their first championship in 11 years. It also marked the first time Gill has claimed the Mountain Division in program history.
“It’s great for the school and the program to get our first-ever Skyland Conference title,” reflected head coach Mike Williams. “It shows the progress this program has been making over the last few years and we hope to continue it forward. Defending a title is not easy, so our focus now swings to responding to the target on our back every game next season.”
The Knights ended their season with an impressive overall record of 14-3-2 and went 12-2 within the division. It was a very close race for the title as Rutgers Prep only finished half a game behind Gill. Williams credits a strong senior class for keeping the team focused throughout the battle in the standings.
“I can’t say enough good things about our senior group this year. They were a key component in helping keep the squad motivated the entire season and also getting the whole squad to buy into what we wanted to achieve this year. They did this with their professionalism off the field but also led by example on the field when we needed it most.”
The dream season came to an end a little earlier than hoped as Gill fell to Morris Catholic by a score of 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the extremely competitive North, Non-Public B sectional tournament. Many players, however, earned all-conference recognition throughout the season and will be back to build off this year’s historic success.
“The future is very bright for the program and I’m excited by what we have coming through,” said Williams. “We had many freshmen play key roles in most of our games so we hope they will become even more important next year and beyond. The quality of incoming student-athletes is a major plus for us and it will hopefully give us the platform to keep moving the program forward. We also have a great Middle School program that will also help keep the flow coming for years to come.”
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.