High School Soccer:
Wednesday, November 4, 1998
By Forrest Robleto
It was a cool and sunny afternoon for Moorestown as the 15-0-2 Cherry Hill East Cougars advanced their record with goals by Jeff Morse and Marc Lewis. East won 3-0 in their semi-final action in the South Jersey Coaches Tournament.
Morse opened the scoring with a long shot that apparently fooled the keeper with a late bounce. Mike Sutcliffe, the coach for Moorestown, described it as David Berliner's softest goal all year. Dan DiBruno, the keeper for Cherry Hill East, didn't see the ball much during the game, but he did have to make one spectacular save on the way to his shutout. Moorestown's Daniel Carvalho got the ball in to about eight yards and kicked a hard shot to DiBruno's left and high. He then dove into the air and in Michael Jordan fashion, appeared to hang in the air long enough to fly to the other side of the net and snatch the ball out of the air.
With twenty-seven minutes left in the game, Lewis found the mark on some pretty team passing that allowed him to get the ball in close. Cherry Hill East led 2-0. Thirteen of the sixteen opponents that had faced East before had gone away scoreless, but the Quakers did not give up.
Later in the second half at about the seventeen minute mark, Lewis brought the ball down the left side and lost it to Moorestown's defender Rob Sebastian. He turned into the corner and protected the ball. Lewis somehow stole the ball from in front of him, carried it ten yards toward the goal and slammed it from a severe angle into the top of the far side of the net. This was not a soft goal.
Although they were now down three to zero, Moorestown continued to play as if they were tied. There were at least two yellow cards given out during this very physical but for the most part very cleanly played game.
Moorestown will go onto the State Tournament and Cherry Hill East will go on to meet the winner of the Delsea versus Lenape match in the final game of the Coaches Tournament. After the game Coach Moehlmann said, "The irony is, we scrimmaged them the first game of the season and lost to them one to nothing, that's the irony."
Photos by Forrest Robleto
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