The Wildcats fought for the full 90 minutes tonight.
Highly Contested Match Provides Entertaining Night of Soccer
Ewing, N.J. (Thursday, June 17, 2010) – Fans at the College of New Jersey were treated to a very entertaining game of women’s soccer tonight, with a tight battle occurring between two of the top teams in the Northeast Division of the USL W-League’s Eastern Conference. Once the final whistle blew to record 90 minutes of play into the books, the first place Hudson Valley Quickstrikeg Lady Blues (5-0-0, 15 points) remained atop the division charts by defeating the hometown New Jersey Wildcats (2-1-1, 7 points), 2-0.
“Hudson Valley is a great team and proved tonight that they are a team worthy of their 5-0 record,” Wildcats head coach Kevin McDermott stated. “That being said, I am very proud of the effort that our girls gave tonight. They played with a lot of energy and heart, and we will definitely be ready for our second match with Hudson Valley later this season.”
After starting tonight’s match in a 4-3-3 formation, McDermott moved one of his forwards back to put the Wildcats into a 4-4-2. The move proved to be the correct decision as his team quickly adjusted and began to play with a higher level of intensity.
“We started just a little bit slow in the beginning tonight, so we decided to switch our formation in a 4-4-2 to counter attack Hudson Valley’s efforts,” McDermott continued. “As the game continued, we gained more confidence and creativity, and we certainly developed our fair share of chances off that momentum.”
The Wildcats made the change following a first half goal by Quickstrike midfielder Gabriel Demoner in the 24th minute. Demoner received a feed in the center arc and immediately turned her body upfield with the ball at her feet. After cutting through the New Jersey defense, she found her opening and delivered a powerful attempt towards her target. The shot would sail just beyond the reach of Wildcat goalkeeper Caroline Williams to give her team a 1-0 advantage, and that tally would stand all the way until these two sides broke for intermission.
Hudson Valley would again strike in the 47th minute when forward Jackie Acevedo cleaned up a ball from defender Kristen Edmonds to gain a 2-0 edge, and the remainder of this contest became a highly contested duel. New Jersey created a handful of great chances, but luck was clearly not on the side of the home team. Wildcat forward Kylee Rossi put a screamer off the crossbar in the 66th minute, and the New Jersey attack saw additional attempts go just wide of the frame.
Not for a minute tonight did the Wildcats back down from its opponent, and the team clearly has a strong foundation to take into the next match with Quickstrike on Wednesday, July 7th.
Next up for the Wildcats is a home contest on Thursday, June 24th, against the New Jersey Rangers (3-3-0, 9 points). Soccer fans throughout the Garden State are encouraged to come check out this new inner-state rivalry, and tickets for that game are available today by calling (732) 963-9769.
CLICK HERE for a post-game interview with Wildcats head coach Kevin McDermott.