Wildcats Rally to Defeat Rangers

Tennessee graduate Kylee Rossi has been extremely effective for the Wildcats this season.

Pair of Second Half Goals Lead Wildcats to 2-1 Victory

Ewing, N.J. (Thursday, June 24, 2010) – The New Jersey Wildcats (3-1-1, 11 points) put forth an impressive performance tonight at the College of New Jersey, maintaining the lion’s share of possession en route to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Rangers (4-4-0, 15 points). The visiting Rangers did strike first in this match with a 5th minute goal, but the Wildcats fought back with a pair of second half tallies to take the critical three points in the Northeast Division Standings.

“The team gave a great effort tonight, and they truly showed impressive character in their fighting back for the win,” Wildcats head coach Kevin McDermott stated. “Our girls have a lot of heart. When we had our backs against the wall, we were able to find a way to overcome the obstacles in front of us to pick up an extremely important three points in our division.”

As previously mentioned, the Rangers got on the board early in this match-up after a turnover on the Wildcats’ back line resulted in a dangerous opportunity for the visiting side. Once Ranger defender Kelly Rozembersky got the loose ball at her feet, she was able to push a pass through to forward Caroline Morse. The Manhattan College product was then able to put a hard strike on the feed, finding the back of the net to give her club a 1-0 advantage in the 5th minute.

With the lead in its possession, the Rangers fell back into a defensive set with four players anchoring the back line. Despite the move, the Wildcats were able to find creases in the defense, but the first half did not provide an equalizer for the host side. However, the Wildcats did maintain a distinct advantage on the pitch in terms of ball possession.

“At halftime, we as a coaching staff challenged the team to truly get after it in the second half,” McDermott reflected. “We knew if we could continue to get some good looks at the goal, one or more of them was bound to fall in our favor.”

The Wildcats did indeed get after it from the opening whistle of the second frame, immediately pressing down on the back line of the opposition. In the 66th minute of the match, its hard work would finally pay off.

Midfielder Angela DeSumma had been hustling throughout the entire evening, and the first conversion tonight for the Wildcats started as a result of her effort. As she sped down the right flank with the ball at her feet, the Pennsylvania native dished a feed into space on the right side of the box. Racing onto the pass was Fairleigh Dickinson graduate Marguerite Ferrell, who sacrificed her body by sliding onto a ball seemingly out of her reach. To the pleasure of the hometown crowd, she timed her dive perfectly and powered an equalizer into the goal to make the match level at one each.

Not satisfied with a single point for its work, the Wildcats battled for the game-winning notch in the 82nd minute. Tennessee product Kylee Rossi streaked down the left wing and turned her momentum towards the goal once she reached the end line. After sending a perfectly touched ball to the top of the box, striker Whitney Weinraub chipped the feed over the head of Ranger goalkeeper Amanda Davis to give her team a one-goal lead.

The Wildcats made that final notch count, holding on through the remaining minutes of this contest to take the three points, 2-1.

Next up for the Wildcats is a Sunday pairing with the New York Magic at the College of New Jersey’s soccer complex. Kickoff for that game will be 1:00 p.m. with ticket information available now at www.njwildcats.com.

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