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High School Boys Soccer:
Edgewood Keeps Up The Pace

Saturday, September 26, 1998

By Boog Williams
SJSports Staff Writer

The first game of the week had 2-0-1 Edgewood Eagles vs. 3-0-0 Williamstown Braves at Williamstown. The teams faced off in a 1-1 tie. The teams played to a 0-0 score at half time. In the second half, Edgewood's Brandon Cohen scored on a pass from Joe Banks with 31:12 left in the half. Cohen scored his 5th goal of the season in 4 games. The Williamstown Braves tied the game up with 12:41 left in the second half. Williamstown's Jason Rose got the tying goal. The goaltenders for the game were, Edgewood's Keith Swingle (4 saves) and Williamstown's Jim Mayo (9 saves). Both teams are still undefeated with Edgewood's record now 2-0-2 and Williamstown's record 3-0-1.

The next match for the Eagles was against the Washington Township Minutemen. The Eagles defeated the Minutemen by the score of 1-0. Brandon Cohen scored Edgewood's goal, on a pass from Ian Simmons (see diagram) with 12:17 left in the first half. Coach Ron Wence said, "Simmons slid the pass through two of Township's defenders to Cohen just inside the 18 yard box. Cohen two-touched the ball and slid it past Township keeper Zack Szczargrski (3 saves for the game)". A strong defensive effort was made by the young Edgewood defense. Edgewood's keeper Keith Swingle came up with his second shutout of the season by making 9 saves.

The third game of the week was against the Cherokee Chiefs, the third ranked team in South Jersey. The Chiefs gave the Eagles their first loss of the season, by a score of 4-0. From this reporter's view of the first half, the Chiefs were bigger and faster then the young Eagles team. They jumped on every opportunity and would not let the Eagles play their style of game. At the end of the first half, the score was Cherokee 2 - Edgewood 0. The score could have been a lot higher, but Edgewood's keeper Keith Swingle came up with some great saves. Edgewood did put some pressure on the Chiefs making keeper Brian Ehrhart make 8 saves. Joe Druding scored two of the Chief 's four goals.

Edgewood's record at the end of the second week is 2-1-2.

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