New Jersey Proves Resiliency in Testing of Quickstrike Lady Blues
The Wildcats gave a great effort tonight at TCNJ
Trenton, N.J. (Wednesday, July 1, 2009) – After lightning caused a postponement of a match between the New Jersey Wildcats (5-4-1) and Hudson Valley Quickstrike Lady Blues (8-0-1) last Friday night, these two clubs faced off tonight in a highly-contested affair at the College of New Jersey. A defensive first half sent this game into halftime with no score, but W-League points-leader Angelika Johannson then provided Hudson Valley with the eventual game-winner in the 56th minute.
“Our girls proved tonight that they have a lot of fight in them, and they are motivated by their desire to win,” Wildcats head coach Dave Barbour commented after this contest. “Our girls continue to show that they won’t quit, and they play until the last whistle every game. I am very proud of that.”
The final score in this game was 3-0 in favor of the Northeast Division leading Lady Blues, but that final tally was not indicative of the action on the pitch. Knowing the quality side that they were hosting, New Jersey came out with an aggressive approach and matched the intensity of their opponents for the majority of this match. Both sides displayed defensive prowess in the first half of this game, and no notches were etched on the scoreboard when these two clubs broke for intermission.
The best opportunity for the Wildcats to hit a go-ahead knock came in the opening minutes of the second half when striker Jessica Fuccello found a slot in the Hudson Valley defense and powered a shot towards their goal. Her attempt shot in the direction of her target, but Lady Blues netminder Erin McNulty did well to turn away the chance.
The first notch of the evening then came off the foot of Johannson in the 56th minute when a crowd in front of the goal shielded the view of Wildcats goalkeeper Robyn Jones. The goal would be enough to keep Hudson Valley unbeaten, but they eventually picked up two late tallies to widen the margin in what was a very competitive match.
“Like I said, the girls gave a great effort tonight,” Barbour added. “We know nothing comes easy in this league, and I assure you that we will continue to work hard and focus on getting better as a team.”
Next up for the Wildcats is a July 11th hosting of the Washington Freedom at Mercer County Community College. Tickets for that match-up are available now by calling (732) 963-9769.