Field Hockey Drops 1-0 Game to Maple Shade Wednesday

Field Hockey Drops 1-0 Game to Maple Shade Wednesday

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Offense has been an issue for the Pirates early in the 2016 season, but that’s the key; it is still early.

Five games into the new campaign the Pirates are 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the Patriot Division following a 1-0 loss to Maple Shade on Wednesday.

“We got caught on a tough day for us in not being in it 100 percent all the time for the full 60 minutes,” head coach Gina Quaranta said. “That’s something we need to do our next game.”

Cinnaminson has now been shutout three times in five games and the loss comes after the Pirates scored seven goals in two games, both victories.

“We want to try and increase our chances as many times as we can get,” Quaranta said. “The defenders need to push the ball hard out of the circle, but we weren’t able to keep the full pressure on at the goal line to be able to get a second chance.”

It was a Patriot contest that pitted a revamped Maple Shade team against a Cinnaminson team with high expectations.

The Wildcats are now 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Patriot.

Maple Shade scored the lone goal of the game with 19:26 left in the first half.

Cinnaminson had plenty of chances throughout the game to tie, but could not finish their shots.

“We gave ourselves a lot of opportunities and did some nice things on the field, but it has been tough for us to get the ball into the cage,” Quaranta said. “That was the challenge for us today. That’s not ultimately one thing that’s going to help you win the game.”

Maple Shade’s defense was able to limit the Pirates second and third attempts on rebounds in front of their own cage to prevent any goals.

“They had great defensive pressure in the circle,” Quaranta said. “They kept a lot of people back there and were willing to do whatever it took to get the ball out. They were not allowing us second and third chances to get the ball in the cage.”

The Wildcats offense was limited by the Pirates after their goal, keeping the game close until the final horn.

Field hockey returns to the field on Friday, September 23 with a Patriot Division contest at Pemberton at 3:45pm.

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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