Wildcats Win Thriller over Western Mass

The Wildcat fans were in full force for their team tonight
Fans Help Set New Jersey State Juggling Record at Halftime

West Windsor, N.J. (Friday, June 12, 2009) – It was an evening of remembrance and celebration at Mercer County Community College tonight, with the New Jersey Wildcats (4-2-0) taking a 2-1 victory in a battle with the Western Mass Lady Pioneers (0-7-0). In addition to 90 minutes of spectacular soccer, the Wildcats honored the memory of Graeme Preston with the foundation that was started by his family after his untimely passing last year while also bringing 275 members of their dedicated fan base to the field at halftime to set the New Jersey state record for most people juggling a soccer ball at one time.

“We started a little slow, but it didn’t take long for the girls to start heating up,” Wildcats head coach Dave Barbour commented. “We were pretty effective once things started coming together. The fans got to see a good one tonight, that’s for sure.”

Another thing that was evident tonight is that Barbour and his staff did a great job of focusing on tactical development this past week at training, and their team put on a tactical display during this match. The whole Wildcat roster displayed great vision and created multiple opportunities tonight by unselfishly one-touching a ball either to space or an open teammate throughout the entire contest, and their strong efforts were rewarded with three points.

While New Jersey maintained control of possession during the majority of the first half of action, the Lady Pioneers did well to keep the slate clean for most of the opening 45. With three minutes left until stoppage time in the opening half, the Wildcats would make the right connection when defender Ali Kliment found forward Jess Fuccello to give the home team a 1-0 advantage. That count would stand until intermission.

After the record breaker at halftime, New Jersey came out on the attack as soon as the whistle sounded to start the second half. In the 46th minute, the forever-hustling Alli D’Amico hooked up with defender Marguerite Ferrell to stretch the gap to 2-0. Midfielder Shanna Musser brought the Lady Pioneers back into the game with a tally seven minutes later, but a tight-knit Wildcat defense buckled down to eventually send the fans home with smiles on their faces.

Taking the win in net tonight for New Jersey was goalkeeper Robyn Jones.

The Wildcats have little time to enjoy this win, as the team heads to Brooklyn tomorrow to face the New York Magic (1-3-1) at 4:00 p.m. The Wildcats will return home to Mercer County Community College on Friday, June 26th, to host a pair in two days. They will play the Hudson Valley Quickstrike (5-0-0) that Friday evening before hosting the Long Island Rough Riders the next night at 7:00 p.m.

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