Field Hockey Advances to Sectional Semis with OT Win

Field Hockey Advances to Sectional Semis with OT Win

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Maple shade field hockey win playoffs, slow start

A 1-0 OT win against Maple Shade on Friday sends the Pirates field hockey team to the Central, Group 1 sectional semis.

#5 Cinnaminson will visit #1 Haddonfield on Tuesday, November 1 at 4pm.

The Pirates and Wildcats played a third straight defensive battle on Friday that saw Cinnaminson come out on top for the first time this season.

“I knew that our struggle today was just going to be able to score,” head coach Gina Quaranta said. “I was very happy to see our girls dominating over the offensive 25. I knew it was going to be a close day.”

Rivals in the Patriot Division, these two teams saw Maple Shade win the first meeting 1-0 and the teams play to a 1-1 draw in the second meeting.

“We played a lot of hard teams on the schedule this year,” defender SaraBeth Coyle said. “‘Q’ wanted that so we were ready for hard playoff games. Our schedule definitely prepared us for today.”

Friday was much of the same as the game moved to overtime with a 0-0 score.

“Defense was a really big focus for us so they didn’t get it into our defensive 25,” Coyle said. “The defense was very strong today.”

Cinnaminson dominated possession in the first half, allowing Maple Shade to move the ball across midfield just a couple of times.

“They (defense) have a quiet, focused confidence about them,” Quaranta said. “They have improved a great amount this year in tracking the ball into their stick and pushing it back up to their middies.”

The second half was a much more equally played game, as both teams had multiple chances to score on corners.

With just 10 minutes remaining in regulation the Pirates called a timeout to regroup following an onslaught of corners by the Wildcats.

“It was awesome for us to not have had a goal there,” Quaranta said. “I’m so proud of the defense for keeping it out. I had to take a timeout after that to collect ourselves.”

Cinnaminson had a couple of scoring chances late in the second half, but could not convert, moving the game to overtime at 0-0.

“We were thinking overtime and prepping for strokes this week,” Coyle said. “We were hoping it was going to be done in regular time, but we were prepared for overtime. We were ready, really hyped for this. We’re ready for the next round.”

The clock ticked down to under three minutes left in 7v7 overtime when Cinnaminson moved the ball into the Wildcats circle.

Maple Shade could not clear and a scrum in front of the cage ensued. Maura Tumelty found the ball and sent it past keeper Dana Sheply for the winner with 1:49 left on the clock.

“The ball just came across and it found my stick,” Tumelty said. “I hit it as hard as I could and aimed for the corner of the cage. It just worked out.

The Pirates bench rushed the field to surround Tumelty, who scored the biggest goal of her career in her second season as a varsity starter.

“It was just pure happiness,” Tumelty said. “It felt great. This is huge. I’m just happy we beat them after losing and tying. I felt we really deserved this win against them.”

The Pirates are now 11-5-2. Maple Shade falls to 10-6-1.

Cinnaminson and Haddonfield met in the Central, Group 1 sectional semifinals in 2015 with the Bulldogs coming away 10-0 winners en route to a sectional title.

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Jim is the creator and editor of Cinn City Sports. He also created At the Dish, Life With Tony and Enzo and is the owner of JAVFreelancing. He coached baseball for five years, three at his former high school (Holy Cross in Delran, NJ) and two at prominent Division III program Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. He has worked for the Courier-Post in Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro Networks in Bala Cynwyd, PA; and was the play-by-play announcer for the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League of Professional Baseball for two seasons (2007-2008) on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, the student-run radio station at Rowan University. Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and minor in Journalism from Rowan University in 2008. While in school he was the Assistant Sports Director at WGLS for two years and the Sports Director for one year. He also covered the football, baseball, softball and both basketball teams for the school newspaper 'The Whit.' He is the former Sports Editor for the Cinnaminson and Moorestown Patch websites. Jim lives in New Jersey with his wife Nicole, sons Tony and Enzo and dog Phoebe. He can be reached at jimvassallo@cinncitynews.com