Thursday, October 27, 2005
By Clark Washington
This was the last game of the regular season for Schalick, but it would have been nice to see this game played earlier in the season. In a non-league boy’s soccer game held at Eastern, the Vikings were hosting Schalick in a game that neither team needed to win in order to qualify for the upcoming tournament. Both of these teams have secured their position in the playoff and it would hard to say that each team didn’t give it their all to win this game. Nevertheless, when the Cougars scored the first goal of the game early in the second half, Schalick proved to be the better team on this day. The Vikings would watch Schalick post a 2-0 victory over them and both teams await the start at their run at the title next week.
Schalick had secured the third seed in the South Group 2 bracket and would host Bridgeton on Tuesday. If they advance to the next round, Sterling or Haddon Heights would be the Cougars would be hosting. Eastern, the sixth seed in the South Group 4 bracket hosts Cherry Hill East and if they advance with play against Toms River South or travel to Williamstown. Maybe this game would have turned out a bit different earlier in the season, but it shouldn’t matter when the game is played and it counts in the final standings.
Both teams were hustling on the field trying to place that perfect pass in order to take a good shot on goal. Neither team scored in the first half, but when the second half began the Cougars seem to have bit of the edge in this game. Keeping the play mostly in Eastern’s end of the field, Ryan Dougherty scored the game’s first goal at the 22:53 mark to give Schalick the 1-0 lead. Brent Borton assisted on the play. Exactly eight minutes later Matt Newton scored for the Cougars expanding their lead. Schalick would like to carry that momentum into the upcoming tournament.