In their highest-scoring game of the season, the Pirates triumphed over the Hamilton West Hornets with a score of 16-1, making the boy’s record 3-12 for the season.
The Hornets scored their single goal during the first two minutes of play.
“I don’t think it phased us,” head coach Craig Angelini said about Hamilton West being the first to get points on the board. “I think we knew what we had to do today. We needed to get back in there and establish control.”
Senior Tom Schlindwein answered the Hornets’ point with his own goal, tying the game with a score of 1-1. The Pirates only gained momentum during the remaining minutes of play.
Schlindwein would go on to score three more goals during the first quarter, helping the Pirates achieve a strong lead at the end of the first quarter with a score of 7-1. A total of eight Cinnaminson players scored at least one point today.
Coach Angelini said getting all of the players off the bench was a goal of his going into the game today.
“I wanted them to play a complete game as a team,” Angelini added. “I think they played a really nice game. Most of our goals were assisted which was great and what we were looking for.”
The second quarter was another high-scoring 12 minutes of play for the Pirates. Freshman Zach Artur, today’s top scorer, scored three of his five goals during this quarter.
“Our offense came together today. Usually we are dropping passes but we were making good plays and looking for cutters today,” Artur told Cinn City Sports after the game. “It’s a lot of fun. This game gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”
Avoiding past mistakes was another one of Coach Angelini’s goals for the Pirates’ match-up against the Hornets.
“For every part of the game, the main focus was clean execution offensively and defensively,” he said. “The goal was not to just win. The goal was to win a very clean, well-played and well-executed game.”
With domination in the face-offs, in the midfield and on the defensive end, the Pirates were able to maintain a comfortable lead with a score of 13-1 at the end of the first half. Due to the 12-point lead, it was a running clock for the remaining minutes of play, except in the case of a penalty.
During the second half, the Pirates’ scoring slowed down. They only racked up three points during the 3rd quarter and zero during the final quarter. However, a strong team effort kept the Hornets from netting another goal.
The Pirates’ win today is a nice start to their week in which they’ll play their two final games of the season; one at Moorestown Friends on Wednesday and the other at Mainland on Friday.
“It’s a nice confidence boost. Every game we try and work on improving,” Coach Angelini said about today’s outcome.
Zach Artur – 5
Tom Schlindwein – 5
Mike O’Brien – 2
Chris Jankowski – 1
Nick Cataldi – 1
Ryan Bleistine – 1
Cole Wojkowski – 1
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