And even though Seneca is now 5-7-2, the Golden Eagles showed that they could be a handful in the coming South Jersey Group 3 tournament. Seneca won't be favored, but the Golden Eagles will benefit from playing one of the most difficult schedules in South Jersey.
Washington Township senior midfielder Brittany Bollendorf jump-started the offense by assisting on the first two goals of the game.
Bollendorf sent a cross from the right flank that freshman Cathryn McCarry tapped in during the sixth minute.
In the 12th minute, Bollendorf fed junior midfielder Katie Buoni, who converted from close range.
"This is a team that works well together," Bollendorf said.
In addition to scoring the second goal, Buoni was a force while controlling play from her center midfield position.
Seneca made it 2-1 when senior Molly Garthwaite drilled a laser from 20 yards out to the far post in the 18th minute. Garthwaite, who has been hampered by a quadriceps injury this season, left the game for good in the 66th minute when she aggravated the injury.
Township extended the lead to 3-1 on a 20-yard blast by Claire Midili in the 42d minute. It was her 15th goal of the season.
"I saw there was an opening, and I shot it on net," said Midili, who showed her versatility late in the game when coach George Hobbins had her play in the back. "We knew we would need more goals against this team."
She was right.
Seneca wouldn't go away. The Golden Eagles kept applying pressure, and Township keeper Kylie Gorman had to come up big on a point-blank shot by dangerous Seneca forward Shelby Lyon.
Shortly after, the Golden Eagles cut the margin to 3-2 when Ashley Forcinito scored on a scramble in front in the 71st minute, but Township got insurance when Alicia Galiano deposited a goal from close range in the 75th minute.
So Township moves on in the Coaches Tournament while also preparing for the South Jersey Group 4 tourney. In both cases, the Minutemaids won't be the favorite, but nobody will relish facing them either, especially with such a deep squad.
"We have so many players on this team capable of scoring," Midili said. "We proved it today."
Seneca 1 1 – 2
Washington Twp. 2 2 – 4
Goals: W–Cathryn McCarry, Katie Buoni, Claire Midili, Alicia Galiano. S–Molly Garthwaite, Ashley Forcinito.
Saves: W–Kylie Gorman 9. S–Taylor Donia 7.
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