New Jersey Wildcats Roll in Opener

Wildcats midfielder Taylor Reinecke scored the first goal of the match.
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Team Earns a 3-1 Victory over New York Magic

The New Jersey Wildcats (1-0-0, 3 points) kicked off their 2011 USL W-League schedule already in midseason form, rolling to a 3-1 win over the New York Magic (0-1-0, 0 points) at St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel. The team used goals from three different players to solidify the victory, placing the team atop the Northeast Division standings in a two-way tie with the Long Island Rough Riders (1-0-0, 3 points).

The Wildcats wasted little time in getting onto the scoreboard in this match, first striking in just the third minute of action. After earning a third corner kick in the opening minutes, midfielder Angela Desumma stepped over the ball and struck it into play. There awaiting the distribution in front of the frame was fellow midfielder Taylor Reinecke, who was able to fire a shot into the back of the net to give the host side an early 1-0 advantage.

The count was nearly leveled in the 16th minute when Magic midfielder Lisa-Marie Curt found an opening and headed upfield on a breakaway. After New Jersey netminder Caroline Williams came off her line to approach the oncoming attack, Curt side-stepped her and fired a right footed strike towards the open goal. As the ball started to roll towards the end line, Wildcats defender Cristina Barthel was able to close the gap on the attempt and saved the sure notch by clearing it from danger.

With the 1-0 tally holding until halftime, New Jersey was able to stretch the gap to 2-0 in the 63rd minute of play. Midfielder Rachel Breton received a feed on the right flank and began to drive towards the goal until dishing the ball back out to Desumma on the right wing. The Marshall University product then one-touched a hard pass to the front of the frame where forward Erika Duncan was able to slide onto the distribution and bury it into the back of the net. With less than 30 minutes left on the clock, the Wildcats were enjoying a two-goal lead.

The final score of the match for the home team came in the 83rd minute on a play that started at the feet of former Tennessee Lady Vol Kylee Rossi. With the ball on the right flank, the crafty midfielder found some space and served a cross to the center of the field. Striker Jessica Fuccello was there to receive the feed, perfectly timing a header that increased the gap to 3-0.

With the final whistle pending, New York did get itself on the board in the 93rd minute. In what was her seventh shot of the evening, speedy Magic forward Rashidah Sherman struck a ball from 30 yards out that sailed just above the out-stretched arms of New Jersey goalkeeper Emma Simpkins, who checked in for the Wildcats at the half.

Next up for New Jersey is a home game on Wednesday evening, with the team hosting divisional foe DC United at 7:00 p.m. at the College of New Jersey Lions Stadium. Tickets for that game can be purchased at the gate on Wednesday, with Wildcats merchandise also being on sale during the match.

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