Thursday, November 9, 2006
By Joyce Sagerty
Getting that first goal of the game during the group finals always gives that team the edge not only on the scoreboard but also for a team's confidence. Competing for the South Jersey Group IV girls' soccer champion, the Lady Vikings from Eastern had all of the confidence that they could defeat the Minutemaids from Washington Township for the first time this season. Eastern would score the first goal of the game early in the first half but knew that it would take solid defense to maintain their lead. The Vikings would score again during the first half and the defense would preserve their 2-0 lead through the second half. With the win, Eastern were able to successfully pick up their second sectional title in a row.
During the regular season, Washington Township knew what it would take in order to defeat the Vikings. The Minutemaids picked up a win and they were also able to come away with a tie during their last game played at Eastern. This time, the Vikings were able to strike first during the several minutes into this group finals match-up. Jess Edelman scored for Eastern and the Lady Vikings could final get excited about getting that first goal. Eastern would build on that momentum by stopping Washington Township from setting up their offense scheme. The Vikings would score again with 17:50 remaining in the first half when Edelman struck again heading the ball into the net. Eastern would defend their two goal lead throughout the second half only allowing six shots on goal.