New Jersey Defeats Long Island Rough Riders, 3-0
GK Robyn Jones was stellar in net for the Wildcats
West Windsor, N.J. (Saturday, June 27, 2009) – The New Jersey Wildcats (5-3-1) put forth an outstanding effort tonight at Mercer County Community College, giving their hometown crowd an inspired division victory. Led by a two-goal effort from forward Kristin Hextall and a tremendous game in net by goalkeeper Robyn Jones, the Wildcats were able to defeat the Long Island Rough Riders (5-4-1), 3-0.
“Tonight, the entire team came ready to play,” Jones commented. “There was high pressure by our defense throughout the field, and the early goal by Hextall (in the second minute) gave us a lot of momentum right off the bat. The goal scorers did a great job, and we just had to back them up.”
After undergoing a three-hour delay and eventual postponement of a match on Friday, the Wildcats were greeted with a rainbow overlooking the field at kickoff tonight. It would prove to give the home team a bit of luck early when Hextall struck gold in just the second minute of the match. Rough Rider goalkeeper Brittany Henderson was attempting to clear a loose ball, and Hextall hustled to the action and blocked the kick. Her effort was quickly rewarded as the ball was redirected into the back of the net.
Disaster then nearly struck in the 30th minute when Long Island striker Kelly McConnell got a breakaway, but Jones stepped up and made a stellar save of the 1v1 opportunity for the Rough Riders.
“I have a lot of experience with 1v1 situations, which can be looked at as a good or bad thing,” the Rutgers graduate joked after the game. “I feel very confident when I am faced with them because I believe that all of the pressure is on the attacker to score a goal.”
New Jersey continued to be offensively aggressive in the closing minutes of the first half, and a nice setup by midfielder Alli D’Amico led to a 2-0 advantage when Hextall put a second ball into the back of the net.
The second frame of this contest would run at the same general tone as the opening 45, and the Wildcats would stretch the margin to 3-0 in the 80th minute. After a substitution by head coach Dave Barbour saw Casey Ramirez hit the field for the first time this season, the Syracuse University product needed only 30 seconds to get her first point of the season. After a streaking Rachel Breton called for the ball from 30 yards out, she dished it to Ramirez, who then delivered a cross to the far post. Breton was there right on time for the feed, and she headed the ball home for the third Wildcats tally of the game.
Jones recorded five saves in this contest to take her third clean slate of the season, and the two knocks by Hextall led the offensive attack.