Saturday, October 24, 2004
By Boog Williams
In the first game of the Coaches Tournament semi-finals, #2 Cinnaminson defeated #10 Ocean City 3-2 on penalty kicks. After the first half ended 0-0, in which Ocean City had the better play of the game, the second half also ended 0-0. Cinnaminson had the better play of the game in the half, as the game went into overtime.
In the first overtime, Ocean City’s keeper, Abbey Hansen, made a great save but could not control the ball as it bounced to Cinnaminson’s Meaghan Reilly. Reilly and Hansen collided, with the ball going behind Hansen, but was cleared by Sweeper Katie Ruiz. Ruiz was one reason why the score was 0-0. She played a great game at sweeper. Some of the Lenape girls, waiting to play the next game, were talking that they hoped they didn’t have to play against her. The second overtime ended just like all the other endings: 0-0. Now, after over 100 minutes, the game came down to penalty kicks. Cinnaminson had a game total of 14 shots and Ocean City ended the overtime with a total of 16.
Cinnaminson’s keeper, Ashley King, came up with two big saves to lead Cinnaminson to the 3-2 win. On the first Ocean City kick, King dove to her left to stop the shot that was ticketed in the lower corner. On Cinnaminson’s first kick, Cary Snyder shot to the same corner, but this time just got past a diving Reilly. Ocean City scored on it’s second kick to the top right corner and Cinnaminson missed wide to the right lower corner. After Ocean City kicked it over the net, Angela Buccigrosse of Cinnaminson scored to make it 2-1. Ocean City scored on it’s fourth kick to make it 2-2. On Cinnaminson’s fourth kick, Jenny Mattenson scored to make it 3-2. With one shooter left for Ocean City, Cinnaminson’s King dove to her right and stopped the penalty kick. After the stop, the Cinnaminson players ran onto the field to hug King and the rest of the players.
Cinnaminson #2 will play Lenape #1 this weekend for the finals of the Coaches Tournament. Lenape advanced to the finals by defeating Washington Twp. 1-0 in the later game.