High School Soccer:
Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997
By Alec Walker
Edgewood came out strong in the first half on Thursday, but fell short in the second half. The scoring led off with a goal by Brian Gambone at 5:32, followed by two goals by Greg Ruttler.
With the score at the half in favor of Edgewood 3 goals to 1, Edgewood looked to be on the road to their fifth win.
But with a questionable call by the referee in the opening minutes that gave Edgewood forward Dave DeBartolomeo a red card, and the Eagles mentality in the second forty minutes, the Crusaders were able to battle back to score four goals and take the much needed win from Edgewood.
"This win is a real pick me up for us." said Bishop Eustace junior Sergio Gamble, who scored two goals, as did teammate Jerry Ellis.
"In the beginning of the season, we just couldn't put the ball in the net, but now we're playing with much more confidence," said Ellis.
"The disqualification isn't why we lost the game," said Edgewood coach Ron Wence, whose team (5-4-1 overall, 3-4-1 league) has lost three straight. "We just wore down in the second half."
This has seemed to be the problem this year for Edgewood. which includes three other second half losses to Triton, Shawnee, and Lenape.
"Yes, we could have won all four of those games, but we just get down on ourselves," said Edgewood midfielder Alec Walker, who has not seemed to have picked up his game this year. "It seems we're not playing with our heads or as a team, and that hurts us in the end."
With a five day break, Edgewood is going to have to find a way to pick up the pieces for their away game next Tuesday at Cherokee.
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