Girl’s Soccer Rebounds with 1-0 Win Over Holy Cross

Girl’s Soccer Rebounds with 1-0 Win Over Holy Cross

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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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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