Girl’s Soccer Opens SJSCA Tourney with a Win Over Deptford

Girl’s Soccer Opens SJSCA Tourney with a Win Over Deptford

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Girl’s soccer took down Deptford 3-0 on Friday afternoon in the first round of the SJSCA Tourney.

“After winning the division (Liberty) yesterday, we just wanted to get out all the jitters and hype from that and play with the confidence we’ve had all season and move on in this tournament,” Fiona Flynn said.

#4 Cinnaminson will play #5 Haddonfield on Monday at home at 2pm in the second round.

“We wanted to put Deptford under a lot of pressure,” head coach Matt Digney said. “We want to make things uncomfortable for them. We did a good job. We were trying to do the right things.”

The Pirates (14-1-1) opened the scoring with 8:33 left in the first half when Flynn corralled a bouncing ball in the box and clanged it off the post for a 1-0 lead.

“Emma Karch had the ball and she kicked it overhead and it’s bouncing in the box,” Flynn said.

“No one’s going for it so I waited for the perfect moment. I didn’t think it was going in until it was actually in the back of the net.”

Cinnaminson added a second goal two minutes later off the foot of Hailey Gutowski.

“Deptford surprised me,” Digney said. “They were a better team than I expected. The second we got that goal, you could feel the wind go out of their sails. By the second half, it was a much different game.”

A 2-0 lead at the break put the Pirates in good position to play a game of possession in the second half.

The Pirates added a third and final goal with 13 minutes to play when Emma Karch scored her team-leading 12th goal.

The majority of the second half, save for two shots for the Spartans, was played in the Deptford (14-2-1) defensive zone.

The win was the 11th shutout of the season for Cinnaminson.

“It’s good,” Digney said. “I’ve always liked to coach defense. It’s tough because defense is not a one or two player thing.”

“It’s an eight, nine or 10 player thing. When you get all the girls doing the same thing, it’s pretty fun to watch. Lately, a few games, we’ve been leaking a little bit, but we learn from them and move forward.”

This was the first appearance for the Spartans in the SJSCA Tournament. They entered as the 13-seed.

The second round of the SJSCA will be played on Monday at 2pm at Cinnaminson against Haddonfield.

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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