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High School Soccer:
West Deptford Hands Sterling Their First Loss of Season

Friday, October 4, 2002

By Art Redd
SJSports Staff Writer

All it took was one goal to go into the net to end their eight game unbeaten streak. The Sterling Silver Knight's boys soccer team were the ones putting the pressure on West Deptford's goal keeper Jim Wiltsee most of the game. Today, Bill Prinz was in the right place at the right time to score the lone goal half way through the first half to give West Deptford (4-2-2) the victory over their Colonial Conference Liberty Division opponents.

Sterling had started out their season winning important games on the road. When they met up with the division leading Bulldogs from Haddonfield, they played to a scoreless tie proving they could compete with anyone. Their junior varsity squad has been winning as well, unbeaten in 24 straight games, giving the Knights a deep bench for any game on their schedule.

When West Deptford took the field, they were well aware how good this team was but that didn't faze them. After watching Sterling get a quick start with two good shots from Opperman and Buckingham, West Deptford finally settled down to put their first shot on goal with 33:34 remaining in the half. Amburg was able to move the ball in deep alone but Tim Giacobbe saved that shot attempt. Throughout the first half, Giacobbe was a man alone on an island as most of the play was at the West Deptford side of the field. But when it counted, Bill Prinz lined a shot through traffic and off of a player to score with 21:00 showing on the half time clock.

That lead seemed safe until late in the game when Sterling began putting serious pressure on Wiltsee. The Knights in their haste were not able to settle the ball enough to get a good shot on numerous chances to tie the game. Jim Wiltsee finished the game with 16 saves while Tim Giacobbe stopped 7 shots. Next up for Sterling is another home game with Pitman while West Deptford travels to Lindenwold.

Photos by Frank Crescenti

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