DeSumma Hits a Pair in Divisional Win
Ewing, N.J. (Sunday, June 27, 2010) – The humid conditions at the College of New Jersey today made fitness a key component to success on the pitch, and the New Jersey Wildcats (4-1-1, 13 points) proved to have reserve energy in defeating the New York Magic (1-7-3, 3 points) by a count of 2-1. Both of the Wildcat goals came off the foot of midfielder Angela DeSumma, a young rising star who will be entering her junior year at Marshall University this fall.
“Angela gave us a great performance today,” Wildcats head coach Kevin McDermott stated. “She has a knack for putting the ball into the back of the net, and her fitness level is second to none. It can be really tough as a player to be successful under the hot conditions we faced today, and that’s what makes her performance even more impressive.”
While DeSumma’s individual stat line was quite impressive, she was quick to change the direction of a post-game conversation from herself to the team-first philosophy which the entire Wildcats team employs.
“It was definitely a team effort today,” she said. “It was extremely hot out there, but we as a team overcame that and didn’t use it as an excuse. We knew coming into this game that we had to support each other for the entire 90 minutes, and we did that as a team. That is why we were able to win today.”
After a scoreless first half, DeSumma gave the Wildcats a one-goal advantage in the 64th minute. Striker Kylee Rossi started the scoring play by finding a crease on the Magic back line, and that is when she dished a feed over to DeSumma. The Pennsylvania native then put a hard strike onto the ball and watched it sail into the back of the net. The second tally of this match came just three minutes later when defender Ann Anders set up DeSumma for a left-footed shot. Much like her first notch, it was clear that the ball was headed into the goal as soon as it was hit.
The Magic did make things interesting in the 72nd minute when forward Becky Brown used some fancy footwork to bring the visiting side within a goal, 2-1. However, McDermott had his team buckle down on defense the rest of the way to preserve the win.
“We emphasized keeping possession today, and the fact that we have such a deep roster gave us the ability to keep fresh legs on the field,” McDermott remarked. “We have a very committed team that trains very hard and works to remain fit, and that helped us a great deal today playing under these types of conditions.”
Next up for the Wildcats is a Thursday pairing with the New Jersey Rangers at Morris Catholic High School. The Wildcats will play the final home match of its 2010 regular season on Thursday, July 7th, when the team hosts the North Jersey Valkyries at Saint John Vianney High School in Holmdel.