Thursday, November 3, 2005
By Crystal Parker
Coming into this game, both of these teams knew it wasn’t going to be easy to defeat their neighboring opponent. Experience has told them over and over again to limit giving up the corners and try not to leave any player alone in the box. Bishop Eustace traveling to Camden Catholic in first round action of the South Jersey Group II field hockey tournament were not successful at that task late in the second half. But what the Lady Crusaders were good at was scoring the only goal of this game and holding on to it. Hannah Rodgers’ goal just 48 seconds into the second half proved to be the game winner.
Both schools were well represented along the sidelines providing a lot of verbal support for their teams. What was quite impressive were the number of scoring opportunities Camden Catholic had in the circle, but goal keeper Brooke Weidhaas was able to get a pad on the ball and kick the rebound out of harms way. Clearly, if you had to choose a winner of the first and second half, Camden Catholic would be declared the winners. Luckily the game is decided by the number of goals scored.
Bishop Eustace was that team winding up on the short end whenever they played Camden Catholic during the regular season. Two one goal decisions that went the Irish’s way had to be looming in the back of their minds but getting a lead definitely was a big relief in their quest to advance to the next round. The first half watched most of the play in the Crusaders end of the field with the defense coming up big. But the start of the second half, it would be the offense that applied the pressure. Bishop Eustace’s first shot of the second half almost make its way toward the goal but was stopped by an Irish defender. The ball would rebound right in Rodgers reach whose one timer would result in the game winner