Monday, October 9, 2006
By Jerome Michaels
When the schedules are presented to the teams at the beginning of the season, players sometimes take notice of all of the dates for the divisional games. Those match ups have a lot of meaning in the standings no matter what the teams overall record maybe. In a Tri-County Conference Classic Division, the Pennsville Eagles traveled to Gloucester to take on the Lions in a classic boys' soccer game. Pennsville has struggled a bit this season picking up wins but was focused on one objective and that was to come away with that all important division victory. It took two overtime sessions for it to occur, but the Eagles' Phil Cornman scored the game winning goal as time was expiring giving Pennsville the 2-1 win.
When these two teams met about a month ago, that game also had to be decided in the overtime. Gloucester won that game by a 2-1 score at Pennsville and both teams knew that it would be another close competition on the field. After goals by Cody Gorman for the Lions and one by Netilio for Pennsville eventually sent this game into overtime, both teams had several chances of ending this game during the first extra session. But the defenses would highlight both overtime periods and this game would have been settled as a draw if it wasn't for Cornman's goal with four seconds remaining in this game.