It wasn’t the start the Pirates were looking for, but it is still early in the season as Cinnaminson suffered a second straight shutout loss in field hockey on Monday.
Cinnaminson fell to visiting Burlington Township 4-0 (updates from the game’s live coverage can be found in the link above).
The setback came just days after a 1-0 loss to Patriot rival Delran last week to open the schedule.
“We will talk after this game about some things,” head coach Gina Quaranta said. “The scoreboard didn’t reflect how well we followed through on our game plan.”
“Things that happened between the 25-yard lines we were doing some nice things. We were not finishing them into goals and defensively we were not being typical of how we play.”
The Falcons jumped out to a 2-0 lead less than 15 minutes into the game when they scored goals minutes apart.
Burlington Township added its third goal with 8:37 left before halftime.
The second half saw a different Pirates team take the field; one that had multiple scoring chances, but could not convert anything to a goal.
“We need to focus on having the girls have that ball glued to their sticks so there’s no chance for a defender to get that out of our way,” Quaranta said. “We will also have to make sure we are doing the best connect and go around the keeper.”
The Falcons capped the scoring with just under one minute left in the game to take it 4-0.
Keeper Lauren Friedrich had another strong game in the cage, especially in the second half, when she was tested with multiple chances in a row for the Falcons.
“She (Friedrich) did a great job,” Quaranta said. “She had some really nice clears that if she can clear out 16 yards outside the circle, it helped us get past Burlington Township’s first line of attack. I was really proud of her strength in clears and her ability to organize the defense.”
“We just have to do it 100 percent of the time. We can’t make four mistakes that turn into goals.”
Cinnaminson plays again on Friday, September 16 against New Egypt at 3:45pm at home.
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