|High School Soccer:
Cherry Hill East Blanks Camden Catholic
Friday, October 6, 2000
By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer
When Camden Catholic visited Cherry Hill East on Friday, it was their chance to move up in the standings and beat a well respected Cougar's soccer team. After winning an easy game against Gloucester Township Tech, the Irish boy's soccer team had their sites set on East. But, you don't become a well respected team until you beat those good teams as Cherry Hill East did against Camden Catholic. In a very defensive and physical game, the Cougar's posted a 1-0 victory to increase their undefeated record to 6-0-1.
Both these teams started out the game playing aggressive soccer trying to take advantage of any mistakes that would be handed to them. The Cougars have been deadly lately with making their opponents pay for any opportunities that are given to them. In their previous game against Eastern, the Cougars recorded another shutout with their defense and scored three goals in their win. So with that much success, Camden Catholic knew they would have to play a solid game and not give East any opportunities to score.
During the first half, the mid-field play kept both teams from allowing only a few shots on goal. Each had a chance within the 18-yard line but came up short with either a shot out of bounds or the defense clearing the ball out of the zone. East would gain a slight edge with the most opportunities to score. The half ended with a viscous cut and a few bruises but no goals on the scoreboard.
The Cougar's were arguably considered the best team in South Jersey and was playing a tough game against the Irish. Successful teams always find a way to come away with the victory. Today, the Cougars would be the team gaining the edge against the Irish. Finally midway through the second half, a determined Dan Morse found that one opportunity and make good on his shot to give Cherry Hill East a 1-0 lead. Sean Dallas remained solid in goal and recorded the teams fifth shutout.
Photos by Art Redd