Four Second Half Goals Propel Girl’s Soccer to Sweep of Moorestown

Four Second Half Goals Propel Girl’s Soccer to Sweep of Moorestown

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The Pirates scored four second half goals en route to a 4-1 win over Moorestown on Tuesday afternoon to remain unbeaten on the 2016 season.

Cinnaminson is now 10-0-1 overall and 7-0 in the Liberty Division, moving two games ahead of Moorestown.

The Quakers fall to 7-2-1 and 5-2 in the Liberty.

Moorestown grabbed the lead first with 23:53 left in the first half when Quinn Nicolai scored after a Quakers corner kick.

The first half goal would be the only strong scoring chance for the Quakers in the game.

“It was nice to see,” head coach Matt Digney said. “The first 20 minutes was their 20 minutes and then our second 20 minutes.”

“They happened to get a goal and we didn’t. We had to dig this one out. The last 20 minutes in the first half and the second half we did a good job of doing the little things and the soccer took care of itself.”

The score remained 1-0 at the break.

Hailey Gutowski turned the tide of the game with a shot that clanged off the crossbar and out of play with 23 left in regulation.

“I think that we all pumped each other up at halftime,” Gutowski said. “We were real excited to get things going again. I think we all did it together.”

Even though it wasn’t a goal, the momentum shifted greatly into the Pirates favor.

“That was a good opportunity,” Digney said. “We know we are capable of scoring. It wasn’t like we weren’t getting chances. We were fortunate to get momentum. Fortunately for us, we had some good shots.”

Cinnaminson began to swarm and less than two minutes later Emma Karch tied the match with her seventh goal of the season.

“Our speed helped us up top,” Gutowski said. “We have that speed up top with Miranda (Sackner) and Emma and Justyne (Gutowski) and Alex (Keck). We can depend on them up top and our defense always helps us out.”

Not three minutes later, Sackner fed Karch in front of the net for the eventual game winning goal. It was Karch’s eighth of the season, which leads the team.

“We attack hard,” Digney said. “We talk about when we get good possession we’re going for it and we’re going fast.”

“We’re able to get two, three, four girls involved in the offense. We are certainly looking to get them quick at times.”

The Pirates scored two more times with less than 10 minutes left in regulation to secure the victory and the regular season sweep of Moorestown.

“All year we’ve had this thing going where even if one person gets down we stay positive,” Gutowski said. “All the captains enforce staying positive at all times and it helps us.”

The final two goals came from Hailey Gutowski (7) and Miranda Sackner (5).

The first half goal scored by Nicolai was just the third allowed by the Pirates this season. Two of those goals have been scored by Moorestown.

Cinnaminson travels to Liberty opponent Rancocas Valley Thursday, October 13 at 6:30pm.

“We did pretty well against them last time,” Gutowski said of the Pirates 3-0 shutout over the Red Devils. “Hopefully we can pull out another win.”

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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