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South Jersey Soccer:
Hurricanes Revenge Loss With Shutout

Saturday, October 27, 2001

By Bob Stuart
SJSports Staff Writer

In the first game of the soccer season, the Berlin Township Hurricanes were beaten by the Washington Township Charge 2-0. The score did not reflect who dominated in the game. The Hurricanes out shot the Charge 12 to 4, but just could not put the ball into the back of the net. This week's game had a different ending. The Hurricanes started the game down one player when some of the team didn't show up on time. Coach Williams was not happy about this, but had to get his players ready.

The Hurricanes jumped out to dominate the Charge again. This time, M. Sparks scored in the first 3 minutes of the game on a pass from B. Gadzia. Still down a player, M. Sparks scored again from a pass from M. Williams. She went in to the left, pulled the ball back to her right as the defenders ran by, and put the ball into the back of the net.

Just before the restart, 2 more players showed up for the Hurricanes. With the score 2-0, the Hurricanes kept playing tough. The defense, lead by B. Wash, B. Gadzia, M. Williams, E. Cochran, M. Sparks and T. Beaver didn't let the Charge get a shot on goalie A. Perri in the first half. B. Gadzia scored the next goal as she dribbled down the left wing and took a shot from just outside the six-yard box to the near post. This gave the Hurricanes a 3-0 lead. The final goal for the Hurricanes was scored by E. Cochran. It was the first year player's first goal. The goal was assisted by another newcomer to the game, T. Biesiada. The half ended with the score 4-0.

In the second half, M. Sparks moved to play goalie. She came up with three great saves to keep the game scoreless for the Charge. The 4-0 shutout win now gives the Hurricanes a 3-2-2 record which is already better then last year's 1-7-2 record.

Photos by Boog Williams

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