The much anticipated rematch between Cinnaminson and Maple Shade in field hockey ended in a 1-1 draw on Friday afternoon. Here is our recap.
“We’ve really had a lot of tight games with them,” head coach Gina Quaranta said.
“A couple years ago we won one and then they tied with us. They have good stick skills and are always ready to put up a block tackle and make a stop.”
The Pirates came into today riding a three game win streak that featured wins over Delran, Pemberton and New Egypt.
“It felt really good to get to that point because I knew that they could be there,” Quaranta said. “They played really well today.”
Cinnaminson and Maple Shade met just two weeks ago, with the Wildcats prevailing 1-0.
The Pirates dominated play the majority of that game despite the loss.
It was much of the same on Friday, except the result was different.
“Coach wanted me to cover Makayla Muse today. Me and Serafina (Kennedy) switched positions,” Hope Addlesberger said.
“I was up a little bit, I was out of my comfort zone, but Coach wanted me to deny her the ball so they wouldn’t be able to get it up the field.”
Cinnaminson is now 6-4-1 overall and 4-2-1 (second place) in the Patriot Division.
The Wildcats scored within the first two minutes of the contest today to take a 1-0 lead.
From that point on, the Wildcats barely moved the ball out of their defensive zone.
“I’m glad that they answered back after Maple Shade scored first today,” Quaranta said. “It’s great to see that this team will not give up.”
“They will finish out and play the full 60 minutes. They know that anything can happen in the game. They’re always willing to put everything they have in that full 60 minutes.”
Cinnaminson responded roughly seven minutes later when Kennedy slipped one past keeper Dana Sheply.
The goal was Kennedy’s seventh of the season to lead the team.
“They (Maple Shade) stepped it up this year,” Addlesberger said. “They’re pretty good. We just have to finish on corners.”
Sheply single-handedly kept the Wildcats in the game, making spectacular saves in the second half and in overtime.
The Pirates had multiple chances to win the game in overtime, but could not find the back of the cage.
“They just couldn’t put it into the goal when they needed to to seal the win,” Quaranta said. “It’s unfortunate because the score does not tell how the game went.”
Field hockey returns to the field on Monday, October 10 for an away game against Patriot rival Bordentown at 6:30pm.
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