Alana Barry, a senior goalkeeper for the Voorhees (New Jersey) Eastern High School field hockey team, set a national record on October 11 when she earned her 68th career shutout in Eastern’s 10-0 victory over Marlton (New Jersey) Cherokee High School.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations’ National High School Sports Record Book, the former record of 67 career shutouts was set by Haley Exner of San Diego (California) Scripps Ranch High School from 2000 to 2003.
In a television interview with the The Philadelphia Inquirer, Barry said, “I’m completely, like, surprised and amazed by this. I never thought it would ever happen, to be honest.”
The win also marked Barry’s 10th shutout of the season and improved Eastern’s record to 13-0. The Vikings have won 12 consecutive New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Group 4 state titles.
A four-year starter for the Vikings who was a second-team all-stater as a junior, Barry plans to attend the University of Iowa. Her older sister, Nicole, who was Eastern’s starting goalie in 2007 and 2008, inspired Alana to follow in her footsteps. Nicole Barry currently is the starting goalie for Boston (Massachusetts) College.