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West Wins the Battle at Cherry Hill

Saturday, October 15, 2005

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

The month of October has a few indications that things are about to change in our area. The color of the leaves began to switch into fall mode, the temperatures drop a few degrees and the cutoff for making the post season can change a team’s hopes of making their run towards the states. Two teams that not only share the same town name, but also share that winning attitude as the first time they met last month neither team could decide a winner. Cherry Hill West was hosting Cherry Hill West in an Olympic Conference cross city rivalry. With the game tie at one at the start of the second half, Krista Taylor would score off of a corner that eventually gave the Lions the 2-1 victory over Cherry Hill West.

Making the postseason is the first goal the coaching staff puts in front of its players at the start of a season. But when you fast forward to the month of October, the focus is on whether your team will have a five hundred percent record when the cutoff date approaches. That date that’s marched on the calendars is the 21st of this month and West was that team one the bubble. A win against the Cougars and West would be one step closer.

Cherry Hill West had put together an impressive winning streak when they needed to this past week. With wins over Winslow Township, Pennsauken and Paul VI, the Lady Cougars were looking to maintain their stretch for the playoffs by picking up a win against East. West would score the first goal of the game when Kellyn Riley deposited the ball into the cage. It looked as if that’s the way the half would end but East would get a goal from Elise Radziwill as time expired. West would score the go ahead goal early in the second quarter when Taylor scored her goal. The Lions’ defense would be tested near the end of this game and increase their record to 5-4-3.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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