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High School Soccer:
Gloucester Catholic Holds State Title up High

Thursday, November 17, 2005

By Susan Hall
SJSports Special Correspondent

There were eleven girls on the soccer field who just couldn't wait until the final moments for their state championship game to end. With a three goal lead in the Non-Public B state finals, Gloucester Catholic had to wait before they could really celebrate their successful undefeated season. When the remaining seconds did tick away, the players and coaches from the bench all met together to let their emotions express their feelings about defeating Villa Walsh 3-0 for the state championship. This game would be played under the lights at The College of New Jersey and it was a nice place to finalize their 22-0 record.

In every competitive sport played, it is always emphasized how important it is to start a game as if it was the final moments. Freshman Nicki Stone took care of that task very early in the game to give the Rams a lead that motivated the entire team. Those fans that made the trip to North Jersey got in on the celebrations as a way to keep warm on a brisk cold night. But it would be the defense and keeper June Maloney who would highlight this game during both halves. Stone would score her second goal and Sarah Schaffer added the third goal for Gloucester Catholic.

Photos by Hugh Tsung

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