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High School Soccer:
Eastern Rewards Coach with a Milestone Victory

Monday, October 31, 2005

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

With the early start of the tournament play, most of the student body would be in class learning their lessons. But once the school bell sounded at Eastern High School, fans began to arrive with balloons, a cake and a few signs. The players and fans were in anticipation of head coach Jamie McGroarty picking up this 200th victory. Seven minutes into the Lady Vikings first round girl’s soccer game against Triton, Jeanna Favat’s goal gave Eastern a lead they would not relinquish. Four more goals would be scored and Eastern would advance to the next round with their 5-0 victory in front of their home crowd.

The Lady Vikings from Eastern were awarded the fifth seed in the South Jersey Group IV bracket and were hosting the twelfth seeded Mustangs. On any given day, the team that plays at their highest level can defeat any team even the higher seed. Favat’s goal came at the 33:15 mark of the first half and gave the Vikings the early lead. Four minutes later Rachel Campbell got free past the defense to expand on Eastern’s advantage. The Lady Vikings would cruise to the victory after receiving the remaining three goals scored by Kelliann Doherty, Marissa Cicali and Lindsay Garbowski. Kate Bakanowsky picked up the shutout for Eastern.

Photos by Art Redd

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