Wednesday, September 20, 2006
By Jerome Michaels
Field position is extremely important in any sport especially if a team wishes to score against their opposition. But when Mother Nature decides to add a good strong wind, a team needs to take full advantage of their possessions. Paulsboro, traveling to Woodbury to take on the Herd in a Colonial Conference boys' soccer game, went against the norm when they scored the only goal of the first half against the wind. Both teams would adjust during the second half and this game had to be decided in double overtime. That's when the hard fought battle for both teams would finally end when Keith Davis gave the home team the 4-3 win when his shot found the net right at the start of the second extra period.
No team likes to loss and the Thundering Herd were trying to avoid losing their fourth straight game after starting out the season winning their first two games. The schedule had them playing six of their eight games at home and the Red Raiders were their next opponent invading their territory. Paulsboro would fight through the wind and score the first goal when Geoff Burke’s header off of a corner gave them a 1-0 lead that stood up for the first half. But during the second half, the scoring picked up as Kennon McMahon scored twice and Eric Ulmer’s goal pushed Woodbury’s total to three. Matt Giordano and Niko Lopez also scored during the second half which sent this game into overtime. After neither team was able to score during the first extra session, Davis would waste little time scoring the winning goal during the initial seconds of the second overtime period.