Washington Gets the Better of the Wildcats
West Windsor, N.J. (Saturday, July 11, 2009) – The New Jersey Wildcats (5-5-1) finished out their season series with the Washington Freedom (10-1-0) today at Mercer County Community College, with the Freedom securing a 3-0 victory. Slowed by a handful of injuries, the Wildcats fought hard in this contest but were unable to catch any lucky bounces in their favor.
“Matches like this are tough to take, but I know that we can bounce back,” Wildcats head coach Dave Barbour commented. “Our effort was decent at times in the first half, but we had a tough second half. I know this team will refocus, and it’s not something that we can’t work out.”
New Jersey did move the ball well throughout the first half, but they would end up on the wrong side of an unfortunate break in the 26th minute when Washington midfielder Jennifer Parson made good on a connection with fellow midfielder Sandra Matute. That 1-0 tally would stand until the referee blew the whistle for intermission.
The Wildcats had their best opportunity of the evening in the 51st minute when a streaking Rachel Breton broke loose on the left flank, and she then delivered a solid push to striker Jess Fuccello. The UPenn product then struck the ball towards the net, but her attempt would go just inches wide of her target. A Washington goal three minutes later and an additional stoppage time score would hang the final count in this match, 3-0.
Next up for New Jersey is a Saturday road pairing with the division leading Hudson Valley Quickstrike (9-0-1) before the Wildcats finish out the season with a pair at home next Saturday and Sunday.
“We head into a very tough environment to play a difficult game this Wednesday,” Barbour stated. “We must remain very focused on our defensive responsibilities, and we have to play aggressive and smart. We must do our best to not allow opportunities, and hopefully we can steal an opportunity ourselves.”
New Jersey will then host the New York Magic at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night and the Connecticut Passion at 4:00 p.m. the following day. Tickets are available now by calling (732) 963-9769.