High Powered First Half Sparks 3-0 Win over New York Magic
Barbour and the Wildcats are looking for one more win this season
West Windsor, N.J. (Saturday, July 18, 2009) – The New Jersey Wildcats hit the ground running tonight at Mercer County Community College, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of the match to trigger an eventual 3-0 victory over the New York Magic. With only a 4:00 p.m. Sunday hosting of the Connecticut Passion left on their 2009 slate, New Jersey is now just a single win away from finishing the year with a winning record.
“Tonight, we were very sharp,” Wildcats head coach Dave Barbour reflected. “You could tell the girls really wanted it from the opening whistle, and I am very happy with how effective we played. Once we scored those two early goals, we never looked back.”
The two early goals that Barbour mentioned occurred in just the first five minutes of the game. New Jersey had an aggressive demeanor early and earned a corner kick in the fourth minute of the contest. With midfielder Amy Hoyer on top of the ball, the 2007 NEC Player of the Year delivered a well-placed cross to the center of the box that saw forward Kristin Hextall strike the ball into the back of the net for an early 1-0 advantage. After only 30 seconds of play had elapsed, the Wildcats stretched the gap to 2-0 when defender Beth Troutman set up a Marguerite Ferrell tally.
New Jersey then added an insurance goal in the 25th minute to increase their lead to 3-0. Goalkeeper Robyn Jones snatched a cross out of the air with New York on the attack, and she quickly distributed the ball to a wide-open Ferrell on the left wing. The Rahway native then aired out a feed to striker Rachel Breton on the right flank, and Breton then shook Magic netminder Nicole McClure and walked the ball into the goal. New York nearly got on the board in first half stoppage time, but a brilliant leaping save by Jones sent the Wildcats into intermission with a three goal advantage.
In the second 45 minutes of the evening, New Jersey did well to protect their end of the field and secured their fourth shutout of the year. Jones played 77 nearly perfect minutes in net before Barbour brought on Ashley Lewis to close out the win. Lewis was actively tested in her 13 minutes on the pitch, recording four saves in that short amount of time.
Tomorrow marks the final match-up of the W-League season for the Wildcats, and the team is in position to take a fourth season series on the year. When they squared off against the Connecticut Passion in early June, the Wildcats traveled north in the fourth contest of a four-game road trip to open the 2009 season and took a 3-1 result over the Passion. New Jersey will look for strong play at the friendly confines of Mercer County Community College in this season finale and ask all of the fans of the team to come support them in what looks to be a highly contested match.
At the conclusion of that Sunday pairing with Connecticut, the Wildcats invite all of their fans and supporters to join them at City Streets Café for an end-of-season celebration.
“It’s been a successful year, and we look to finish off the season with a great weekend of soccer in front of our fans at Mercer County Community College,” Wildcats President Kevin McDermott commented. “Once we finish up the action on the pitch, we invite everyone to come celebrate a great season with our players and staff at City Streets Café. We encourage everyone to come join us for some great food and a great time!”
The menu at City Streets Café ranges from Mexican to Asian food all the way to Italian and contemporary American dishes. City Streets Cafe is also engulfed within the surrounding community, buying fresh ingredients from nearby grocers and farmers while also having murals in the restaurant that were painted by a local artist. The restaurant has a mahogany walk-around bar as well as areas to enjoy a meal in a comfortable setting or watch the live entertainment that they often have performing. For more information, they can be visited on the web at www.citystreetscafe.com.
Don’t miss your last chance to see the Wildcats this season! Tickets for Sunday’s game are available now by calling (732) 963-9769.