The girl’s soccer team advanced to the sectional final with a 2-0 shutout of Middle Township on Tuesday afternoon.
#1 Cinnaminson is now 19-2-1 on the season with 16 shutouts. #5 Middle Township falls to 10-6-2.
“I’m pretty comfortable back there now,” keeper Maddie Ogden said. “Also, it helps a lot because the defense makes it so I don’t have to make many tough saves.”
The win is the Pirates fifth straight, all via shutout and by a combined score of 22-0.
Cinnaminson has allowed just nine goals against this season.
The majority of the first half was feeling out period between the two teams, even though the Pirates peppered the Panthers keeper with quite a few shots.
Cinnaminson’s first true scoring chance came with 22 minutes before the half when Emma Karch scorched a defender and rocketed a shot off the far post.
Somehow, the ball trickled in front of the net instead of over the line and the Panthers keeper was able to clear.
With just over 13 minutes left before the break the Pirates broke the scoreless match when Hailey Gutowski booted the ball from just outside the box off a pass from Grace Kenville.
“We just wanted to throw a little wrinkle into our game,” head coach Matt Digney said.
“We hadn’t done it all year and playing three Shore teams in a row, they all shared information on us. We just tried to do something fresh every game to keep them on their toes. We went quick right away and it worked out.”
The game remained at 1-0 well into the second half, which was dominated by the Pirates outside of one chance for the Panthers.
That chance came with less than seven minutes left in regulation.
A Panther forward snuck past the defense and went in on Ogden.
Ogden stepped forward and prevented a shot attempt by playing the ball into the middle of the field.
“I just saw her without a man on her and I could see the ball coming in,” Ogden said. “I knew I had to step to the ball or it would be a breakaway for them.”
“It was awesome. They caught us,” Digney said. “They brought two girls up and it was just enough to keep us off balance. Our backs got caught staring and Maddie was able to see the play clearly and break it up nicely. That’s exactly what she’s been doing all year.”
Just minutes later Kelly Kane wound find paydirt when she followed a Justyne Gutowski shot to the net to give the Pirates a commanding 2-0 lead.
“She (Kane) is that strong, powerful, holding forward that can trap balls for us,” Digney said. “She can be a physical presence on the field and she did that today. Justyne took the corner, got the endline and Kelly put herself in the right spot. It was a good shot and a good finish.”
Cinnaminson advances to their first sectional final since 2012. The Pirates won South, Group 2 that year as the #8 seed.
The Pirates will host #2 Haddonfield this Friday.
Haddonfield defeated #3 Deptford 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday.
“At this point, I’m more worried about us doing the right thing,” Digney said. “If we play the game we’re capable of, teams will have to adjust to us.”
The game is tentatively scheduled for 2pm. Stick with Cinn City News for a definite time.
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