High School Soccer:
Tuesday, October 12, 1999
By Forrest Robleto
Jim Price knew it would be a tough game for his Mustangs. The Mustangs (2-6-1) were facing the Cougars (5-1-2). The game was more than lopsided, in the first half Triton didn't get a single shot in on Cherry Hill keeper Sean Dallas. On the other end of the field, keeper Brian Brooks faced thirty-seven shots in the game. To no one's surprise and through no fault on Brook's, six of them counted.
The first goal at 28:18 was officially credited to Randy Shapiro with an assist to Mike Reed. Five minutes later Jay Joyce got his first of two (and very nearly three) with help from Jeff Morse. After 16 more minutes of pounding on the door, John Mozzillo banged in a pass from Jeremy Roseman. It only got worse for Triton as Cherry Hill's offense picked up. Jay Joyce was a constant threat and at one point the Cougars had three hard shots in succession that Brooks handled brilliantly. But the onslaught continued and with 1:33 left in the first half when Dan Butler made a nifty little pass over to Joe Lee who made it 4-0 to end the half.
In the second half the Mustangs looked a little stronger and even got some offense going but the pressure in front of their net continued unabated. At about 38:14 Brooks stopped a hard shot that took him off his feet. Jeff Morse slammed the rebound back in but Brooks got a hand on it. With Brooks still on his knees Jay Joyce got the rebound and dropped it into the net, 5-0. Cherry Hill backed that up with another couple of point blank shots but Sean Brooks held them at bay. Roseman got a corner kick into Jay Joyce who rifled the ball towards the goal with a perfectly timed header, but Brooks got in front of it to make the save.
At 17:31 Nick Scafidi of Triton was awarded a direct kick. He chose his shot wisely and Sean Dallas had no chance, 5-1. But less than three minutes later John Mozillo put in his second of the day to round out the scoring at 6-1.
Overall the shots were 37-3 in favor of the Cougars who move to 6-1-2. The loss the seventh of the season for the struggling Mustangs leaves them at 2-7-1.
Photos by Forrest Robleto
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