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High School Soccer:
Shawnee's Second Half Goal Gives Ocean City The Tough Loss

Monday, September 22, 2003

By Crystal Parker
SJSports Staff Writer

It was a scene that expressed how tough this girl’s soccer competition really was for two halves. One team elated that they had won a one-goal game, the other feeling disappointed that this would have been a different game if it weren’t for the crossbar. Shawnee (2-1) would travel to Ocean City to take on the Lady Red Raiders in a non-league game. After neither team would score in the first half, each team picked up the intensity and shots on goal. Katie Royman made good on her opportunity and scored the game’s only goal for the Lady Renegades.

Keepers Alex Rodgers for Shawnee and Kristen Gray for Ocean City only faced a total of ten shots on goal in the first half. But that’s nothing new for this team. Shawnee, after losing their opening game to Bishop Eustace won the next two games that were both decided by one goal. Ocean City (1-1-1) defeated Holy Spirit for their first win of the season and battled to a one-goal tie against Vineland. So both teams knew this game would come down to the team that took advantage of their opportunities.

Midfielder Jessica Davis worked her way to into getting Ocean City on the scoreboard, but Rodgers stood tall in the net. Later, the Renegades would work the ball down field and were rewarded with a corner kick. Emily Krankowski put the ball on net that Royman made good on her shot. Still with over 10 minutes remaining in this game, both teams had time to score another goal. It was the one that got away that would be remembered in this game off the foot of Katie Weiland. The ball made its way toward the net and past Rodgers, but the shot was a bit too hit and bounced back into play after striking the crossbar.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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