|South Jersey Soccer:
Barons Dent Cape Cods Playoff Chances and Go 6 Points Clear
Saturday, July 3, 2004
By John Thompson
The South Jersey Barons beat the defending national champions Cape Cod at home on Saturday night in a close game between two quality teams. The crowd were entertained with some excellent passing in what was an open game considering these two teams have shown they are solid defensive units.
The Barons struck first when David Daigle beat David Mahoney from 25 yards out on the 25 minute mark. Daigle was getting forward well from his left back role and came close several times prior to his goal.
Cape Cod showed why they don't lose many games as they worked hard to find an equalizer. On 33 mins a left wing cross found Dayton O'Brien unmarked on the back post and he made sure with a towering header.
The Barons had several opportunities to go back in the lead, Dorley Wilson and Ruben Mingo were guilty of missing easy chances.
The second half was end to end and neither team could find the quality final pass or shot to make a difference and it came down to a set piece to settle the game. Ruben Mingo was fouled on the edge of the penalty box. Captain Neil Holloway played the captains role and stepped up to hit an unstoppable shot into the top left corner of the goal with only 16 minutes left.
This win was crucial for the Barons as they keep the momentum going and remain unbeaten in 14 games this season. They are now 11-0-2 in conference play.
On a side note Byron Carmichael scored on his debut for the Utah Blittz D3 pro team this weekend. Byron left the Barons last week for the pro game and is continuing his goal scoring exploits.
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