Wildcats Edged by Boston in Home Opener

The Wildcats gave a great effort today at Mercer County Community College
Renegades Are 2-0 Victors at Mercer County Community College

West Windsor, N.J. (Sunday, June 7, 2009) – The effort was strong today by the host New Jersey Wildcats (3-2-0) in their 2009 home opener, but the Boston Renegades (3-2-1) would be the eventual winners at Mercer County Community College, 2-0. Nevertheless, a vibrant crowd was treated to an exciting match that would be a hard-fought battle for the entirety of the 90 minutes that were played.

“Our girls fought hard out there today and did everything they could against a very good Boston team,” Wildcats head coach Dave Barbour commented. “Unfortunately, Boston was the better team today, but I am pleased with the effort. The girls never stopped fighting.”

Goalkeeper Robyn Jones was very solid in net for the Wildcats, making five athletic saves on the day. She was tested early in this contest, turning away a 1v1 situation in just the second minute of the game. Boston netminder Laurel Peak recorded only one save in this match, but it was a critical one. In the 16th minute, New Jersey was awarded a penalty kick after a takedown in the box. Forward Kristin Hextall struck a well-placed ball to the right side of the frame, but Peak chose correctly and stopped the attempt.

The first notch of the evening came in the 28th minute when Renegade midfielder Tori Huster scored a Katie Vogel feed to give the visiting side a 1-0 advantage, and that score would stand when the whistle was blown for halftime.

The second half of this contest was filled with high energy action from the opening kick, and the Wildcats fought hard to find an equalizer. New Jersey did make some nice runs and created opportunities for themselves, but they would unfortunately see their shot attempts just miss their target. Boston would eventually gain a little breathing room on a Marissa Kazbar goal in the 73rd minute, and the Renegades held on to secure the victory.

The Wildcats will hit the field again this Friday when they will host the Western Mass Lady Pioneers at 7:00 p.m. and will attempt to set the New Jersey state juggling record at halftime of that game. For ticket information, fans can call (732) 963-9769, and more information regarding the Wildcats can be found on the web at www.njwildcats.com.

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