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High School Soccer:
Dean's Penalty Kick Pushes Township Past Cherokee

Tuesday, October 1, 2002

By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer

The Cherokee Chiefs were hosting the high-flying Minutemen from Washington Township in an Olympic Conference American Division matchup under the nighttime lights. This closely battled boy's soccer game came down to a penalty kick that resulted in the winning goal. With the game tie at one apiece, Township's Brad Dean was rewarded a penalty kick that he nailed to give the Minutemen a 2-1 victory. Washington Township (5-2-0), with the win, has extended their winning streak to four games.

Both of these teams are expected to make in far into the playoffs. Cherokee has a team loaded with experienced seniors such as Erik Wyche. Washington Township has an experience crew of their own with seniors Chris Shelton and John Jordan. Tonight's game would be a close one and it was as both teams played smart and controlled just waiting for an opening to win this game.

Washington Township got on the scoreboard first when Casey O'Neill's goal put the Minutemen ahead with 2:58 remaining in the half. That lead was safe until the beginning of the second half. Cherokee finally tied this game ten minutes into the half when Rob Gambino got the ball past the goalkeeper. The game winning goal was set up went Township was rewarded a penalty kick with 18:58 left in the second half. Dean's goal kept the Minutemen in front of their American Division opponent.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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