Wed. S.J. girls’ roundup: Big win for Small

Posted: September 15, 2010

On the verge of a personal milestone, Gloucester field hockey coach Erin Small maintained a business-as-usual approach.

Not until after her Lions had upended visiting Schalick, 2-1, on Wednesday in a Tri-County Conference match, did Small informed her players that the win was her 100th at the school.

"It's exciting to reach 100 [wins], but I never told the girls," Small said. "I wanted their focus to be on the game. It was a big game for us [because] a lot of people were picking Schalick to win the [Classic] division."

Small has forged a 100-33-27 career record over nine seasons - all at Gloucester.

Emily Bucher scored the go-ahead goal on a penalty stroke with 14 minutes, 2 seconds remaining in regulation, and Lions netminder Brittney Dolson made 14 saves to preserve the lead - and touch off the post-game celebration.

"Emily Bucher, our center-mid, really stepped up today," Small said. "And the rest of the girls were really hungry and wanted this one. I was proud of them."

Angela Harris had the Lions other goal, off an assist by Johanna James. Joyce Perry scored for Schalick.

Gloucester improved to 3-0, while Schalick slipped to 2-1.

In other Tri-County action:

Dani Walker picked up a loose ball in front of the cage and deposited the go-ahead goal with one minute remaining in regulation, giving host Woodstown a 2-1 triumph over Glassboro. Karlee Henderson, who had the other goal for the Wolverines, assisted on Walker's game-winner.

Jessie Coffin and fellow senior Rachel Crescitelli scored two goals each, and sophomore goalie Kelsey DiBenedetto turned aside 15 shots to help 10th-ranked Delsea double up host Cumberland, 4-2.

Nicole Bertoldi scored twice in a seven-minute span in the first half - both off passes from Rachel Cressman - helping host Pitman seize control early in downing Salem, 4-1.

Williamstown keeper Felicia McKenna was credited with 26 saves, but host Clearview and Courtney Branco (three goals, one assist) came out on top, 4-0. Pioneers goalie Alyssa Wileczek (six saves) recorded her third shutout.

Emily Lewis and Alexa McIntyre had two goals apiece while Danielle Higgins and Emily Poole each chipped in a pair of assists, as host Kingsway cleared Highland, 5-0.

Colonial. Third-ranked West Deptford employed a balanced attack in leveling visiting Lindenwold, 9-0. Rachel Krott (three goals, two assists), Jenna Grady (two goals, three assists), Jamie Robinson (two goals, two assists), and Lauren Boegly (two goals) paved the way.

Senior forward Alex Marshall got off to a strong start, scoring twice in the first half en route to a three-goal, one-assist performance as host Haddonfield handled Gateway, 6-0.

Burlington County. Brynn Gitt, who found the back of the cage with a penalty stroke, posted three goals and one assist to highlight Rancocas Valley's 7-1 romp at Northern Burlington.

McKenna Reynolds controlled play from her left midfield position in the second half, scoring twice down the stretch to help Delran finish off host Holy Cross, 3-0.


Timber Creek jumped on top on Jenny Mosley's goal just two minutes into the match, and Melissa Arnold came through with the game-winner in overtime, as the visiting Chargers shocked third-ranked Shawnee, 2-1, in the Olympic Conference.

Timber Creek (2-1-1) snapped a two-game winless streak, while the Renegades (1-2) suffered their second loss in three days. Shannon Nugent's score pulled Shawnee even midway through the second half.

In another Olympic clash, Emily Knetch poked home a loose ball in the box with four minutes to go as host Cherry Hill East outlasted Cherry Hill West, 3-2. East's Taylor Beatty had a pair of assists in support of goalie Lauren Minkoff (16 saves).

Tri-County. Staci Clendening and Alyssa Faia combined for two goals and two assists in leading host Clearview past Kingsway, 4-0.

Faia opened the scoring midway through the first half by netting a feed from Clendening, and Clendening provided the Pioneers some breathing room by burying a direct free kick five minutes after intermission. Dominique Dorris made seven saves in posting the shutout.

Shea Levi knocked in a crossing pass from Jade Bonder in the first half, and Ashley Winkelspecht (five saves) made the lead stand up in Williamstown's 1-0 win at Cumberland.

Junior striker Melissa Mackey capped off her hat trick with a pair of second-half goals, enabling host Gloucester to put away Wildwood, 4-1. Lions keeper Rachel Cowgill stopped 13 shots and shut down the Warriors after yielding Anna Nguyen's first-half goal.

Rachel Copare scored twice and set up three goals to key Schalick's 5-0 win at Salem.

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