High School Soccer:
Wednesday, September 29, 1999
By Forrest Robleto
It was a hard fought game between two teams that are not used to losing. The 5-1 Cherokee girls were anxious to stop the 3-0 Cougars of Cherry Hill East. The first five minutes were all Cherry Hill as Cherokee's keeper Christie Schillig was tested early and often. This was not a game without offense. Cherry Hill outshot Cherokee 6-4 in the first half. Both teams had to fight their way out of the box over and over. The offenses simply ran into very capable defenses.
Coach Hanna for Cherokee made large substitutions, while Coach Dombrovsky for East used substitutions to give his starters a breather. This difference appeared to favor Cherokee as the game went on as the decided Cherry Hill advantage changed to a Cherokee advantage by the end of the game. The shots for the rest of the game favored Cherokee 6-3. But Mary Daly, who was superb all day on defense, kept the ball for the most part away from Cherry Hill's keepers.
The teams played scoreless through regulation time and through two 10-minute overtimes. There are no shootouts during the regular season, so this one had to end in a 0-0 tie. Carolyn Snyder, who began in goal for Cherry Hill for most of the first half, shared the shutout with sophomore Emily Brenner.
The Cherokee Girls are now 5-1-1 and undefeated Cherry Hill East is now 3-0-1.
Photos by Forrest Robleto
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