The girl’s soccer team rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 1-0 win on the road against Holy Cross on Saturday morning.
Cinnaminson came into this game fresh off a 3-2 setback to Rancocas Valley on Thursday night, their first loss in the Liberty and overall.
“It was a big game,” head coach Matt Digney said. “We talked about that wave crashing and we’re going to start over.”
“We’re going one game at a time at this point. We’re just trying to get better every game. The only focus we have is next Tuesday against Burlington Township. Losing is sometimes a good thing. Tough result, but I think we learned from it.”
The Pirates picked up their 11th (11-1-1, 8-1) win of the season and 8th in the division with a second half goal against the Lancers (8-5, 3-4) Saturday morning.
The team responded to its first loss nicely and coach Digney told his girls after the game that they are learning how to win.
The Pirates and Lancers played a scoreless first half after teams traded one scoring chance apiece.
Cinnaminson got on the board with just over 31 minutes remaining in the second half when Emma Karch beat the defense and deposited her team-leading 10th goal into the net.
“She’s sneaky,” Digney said. “She’ll get the ball and she’ll get the defense going one way and cuts it back real hard.”
“Next thing you know, she’s in. She has a good ability to get her body in front of the defender. She just does a great job. From 20-25 yards out, with the ball on her foot, it’s a scoring chance almost all the time.”
The Pirates defense prevented the Lancers from making a push to tie the game en route to the team’s ninth shutout of the season.
“We just like to put pressure on the ball,” Digney said. “It was a tough field to play on and we just want to keep that ball in front of us. Putting too many passes together on this field might cause too many mistakes.”
The Pirates return to the pitch on Tuesday, October 18 with a home match against Burlington Township at 3:30pm.
“We’re back on our field,” Digney said. “If you let them stay in the game, they’re going to be a good team. We are going to continue to smother teams the best we can.”
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