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High School Soccer:
Cumberland Stay One Step Ahead of Deptford

Friday, September 23, 2005

By Clark Washington
SJSports Special Correspondent

For the first half of this boy's soccer game held at Deptford High School, the Colts from Cumberland and the Spartans patiently maneuvered themselves back and forth in each others end of the field looking for that opportunity of putting that soccer ball into their opponents net. Neither team had success scoring during the first forty minutes which left the coaching staff making adjustment during the break. Cumberland would finally break the scoreless tie by scoring two quick goals to pull in front of a determined Spartans squad. The Colts would add one more goal and preserve the shutout as goalie Kyle Bayzick turned away every shot that came his way.

For one half of this Tri-County Conference Royal Division game, both of these teams could not find a way to hold onto their possessions long enough to get a clear shot toward the net. It appeared that the team that could set up their offense long enough inside the attack zone would not only score the game's first goal but also extend both team's unbeaten streak. It wasn't until midway through the second half that Anthony Randazzo and Nick Sheppard scored back to back goals that gave Cumberland the lead. Keeper Matt Dicken would turn away twelve shots in this game, but the three that made it into the net would be enough to win this game for the Colts. Frank Piccioci would score the final goal of the game for Cumberland.

Photos by Art Redd

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