Damiah Kahng rises to troubles for River Dell. She has 9 PAT this season and ten in her profession.
Greg Tartaglia, Team Author, @NJTags13

ORADELL — Damiah Kahng embraces troubles.

In 2017, when the lifelong soccer participant heard a person of her close friends advise that she attempt out for the River Dell soccer crew, Kahng picked up the gauntlet.

“Mike Rizik, he was a senior [defensive lineman] final yr, and he was like, ‘Why not?’” the Golden Hawks placekicker recalled at Tuesday’s apply. “So I just did it.”

Last Friday, Kahng converted the extra issue subsequent River Dell’s remaining touchdown in a 42-six acquire more than Pascack Valley in the team’s North one, Group 3 opener. The senior is thought to be the first Bergen County female to rating a issue in the NJSIAA soccer playoffs.

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The up coming obstacle for the Golden Hawks (seven-two) is a sectional semifinal conference with Paramus (ten-) at six p.m. Friday.

Kahng collected her first profession PAT in a victory more than Ridgefield Park final season. She alternated extra-issue tries with Jack Gillies in an Oct. five video game at Dwight Morrow, and when Gillies was unable to kick against Pascack Valley the subsequent 7 days because of to injuries, she dealt with all the tries.

“She kicked against PV [in the common season] and experienced five extra factors in that video game,” River Dell mentor D.J. Nimphius stated.

Then arrived the Oct. 19 common-season conference with Paramus. The Golden Hawks fell brief, twenty-thirteen, but have been driving to attempt and tie the contest prior to dropping a fumble in the remaining minute.

Experienced they arrived at the stop zone, Kahng may have gotten the chance to mail the video game to additional time.

“I truly missed the second [PAT], which would have been main,” she stated. “But if or when I do kick this 7 days, then I’ll make all of them. I’ll make sure of that.”

Her tenacity led the Golden Hawks to embrace the five-foot-9 correct-footer from the begin. Nimphius observed that she matches in very well with the boys for that pretty purpose, and, “She’s on the crew since she’s a great kicker.”

“It’s entertaining, they are like brothers,” Kahng stated of her teammates. “I’ve in no way experienced a sibling, so that is actually cool. … I search out for some of them, but primarily, they search out for me.”

About the earlier two many years, women participating in soccer has become more than a just novelty in North Jersey.

Lisa Welch performed offensive line for the Midland Park JV in the late nineteen nineties. Twins Jenna and Paige Goldsack have been on the line for the Rutherford freshman crew in 2007, and Wallington experienced a pair of women on its varsity roster the earlier two seasons.

Down at Pink Lender Regional, a women soccer participant be a part of the crew as a kicker this drop. Liva Helt got into the Bucs’ scorebook with a PAT against Toms River East on Oct. five and was a visitor on the Usa Currently Network New Jersey’s Pink Zone Street clearly show this 7 days.

Kahng is the first female to play for River Dell for the duration of Nimphius’ 15-yr tenure and is the only female ever to tally a issue for a program that began in 1957. Her long run, although, lies beyond the gridiron.

“I’m truly pondering of finding out pre-med,” she stated. “Right now, I’m getting 3 faculty [amount] classes. I like anatomy, psychology and sociology … difficult factors.”

In other words, whatever supplies her with a solid obstacle.

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