NJ Wildcats Open Season on Saturday

Kylee Rossi and the Wildcats look to start the season on a winning note.

Club Travels to Iona College to Face the New York Magic

The New Jersey Wildcats will open its 17th season of play on Saturday afternoon, traveling to Iona College to face the New York Magic. Kickoff for the match is slated for 4:00 p.m., with the Wildcats seeking a win before hosting its first home match of the year next Wednesday at The College of New Jersey.

“It’s a challenge for all teams going into the season due to player availability,” Wildcats head coach Jim Gabarra said of early season obstacles that W-League clubs face. “Teams can have what appears to be a very good roster but do not have their college players available. Also, there are youth national programs going on right now.”

However, the Wildcats have a roster of players who have seen success at both the college and W-League level, something that should provide good leadership for those new players who are joining the club.

“The group we have is an experienced one,” Gabarra remarked. “For the most part, we have a very good core that has been around for quite a few years. That will help us greatly in the early going. My approach is we are going to focus on getting better every game and try to get in the playoffs to win a championship.”

With the bulk of the Wildcats roster having been in place for the past few seasons, Gabarra feels that the team will definitely benefit from that fact, and it will also make getting everyone on the same page a more quickly accomplishable task.

“It is a huge asset to have players who are already familiar with each other, and it will pay us a lot of early dividends,” he continued. “It will certainly make my job a lot easier as well. I do not look at it as a matter of the players integrating into my system. Rather, it is much easier for me to integrate into what they are comfortable doing.”

After concluding the match on Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats will open its 2012 home slate on Wednesday evening at The College of New Jersey when it hosts the North Jersey Valkyries at 8:15 p.m. Tickets for that match are available now and can be attained by calling 732-720-9163. Individual game tickets as well as team and family packages are available, and more information about the Wildcats can be found at www.njwildcats.com.

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