Thursday, November 9, 2006
By Stephanie Wright
During the state finals, every team participating in their quest to reach the title game has the talent to claim the state trophy for their school. Haddonfield, with a loss so far with a record of 19-0-2, is another team with players that can completely take over a game. Against Rumson Fair Haven, the Bulldogs found themselves back on their heals during the early moments of this Group II semi-finals game played at Bishop Eustace. Haddonfield would regroup and post a three goal lead during the second half and found themselves defending their chance to advance to the finals. The defense, led by goalie Christina Puggi, would survive a late rally by Rumson and advance to the finals with their 3-2 victory.
Rumson's early momentum was a wake up call letting Haddonfield know that they would have to earn this game. Late in the first half, Haddonfield's Allie Clark scored the game's first goal when she knocked in her rebound giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage. Starting off the second half appeared as if Haddonfield would have an easy time winning this game. Kristin Snyder and Meredith Sabatini each scored goals off of a penalty corner and the Bulldogs built a three goal lead. Rumson would score midway through the half on a goal by Courtney Bergin and later Katie Potter reduced their deficit to just a goal with five minutes remaining in the game. Rumson picked up their intensity pressuring Haddonfield's defense. The Bulldogs were able to keep their opponent from scoring securing their position in the upcoming state finals.