Spracklin's goals lift Rancocas Valley

Rancocas Valley's Hannah Gelfant (top) runs into Moorestown goalkeeper Carly Blessing in the first half of the Red Devils' 2-1 victory. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer
Rancocas Valley's Hannah Gelfant (top) runs into Moorestown goalkeeper Carly Blessing in the first half of the Red Devils' 2-1 victory. ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer
Posted: September 07, 2012

On opening night of the season, the Rancocas Valley girls' soccer team made a big statement, earning a 2-1 road win over Burlington County Liberty Division rival Moorestown on Thursday.

Senior Julie Spracklin netted both goals for the Red Devils.

RV junior goalie Alex Tamashunas was equally instrumental, recording nine saves, including two diving, game-saving stops in the second half.

"It felt like November soccer in September," RV coach Jay Flanagan said. "It was intense, it was highly physical, Moorestown is very good, so to pull out a win, obviously we're very happy."

With 19 minutes, 36 seconds left in the game, RV's Rachel Kolodziejczak headed the ball across the front of the net, where Spracklin was waiting to deposit a wide-open shot that gave her team a 2-1 lead.

Moorestown took an early lead when Nicole Varela netted a direct kick by Marie McCool with 27:29 left in the first half.

Nine minutes later, Spracklin sent a bending direct kick around a wall of defenders and into the net, tying the score with 18:28 left in the first half.

"It was a great game," said Moorestown coach Bill Mulvihill. "First game out, under the lights, it felt like both teams were in midseason form. We played well. RV got one more goal than we did, but we'll see them again."

Nonleague. In her first varsity game, freshman Grace Cryan scored three times as Christian Academy dropped Gloucester Christian, 3-1.

The midfielder did all of her scoring in the second half, including when she beat a pair of defenders for the go-ahead goal.

Boys' Soccer

Haddon Township scored three times in the second half to rally past host Audubon, 3-1, in a Colonial Conference game.

Kyle Wade tied the score at 1 with a goal three minutes into the second half and Bah Moo took the lead six minutes later. Moo caught the Audubon defense out of position as he was left open to finish a cross from the left corner. Pat Burns secured the win with another goal.

Audubon sophomore Mic Manion scored in the first half off a Bobby Tegan corner kick. The Green Wave start a combined eight sophomores and freshmen.

Burlington County. Michael Handlan scored twice in the second half to lead Moorestown over visiting Rancocas Valley, 2-0. Handlan scored 13 minutes into the half and followed with another goal a minute later.

Cape-Atlantic. Jacob Towan scored twice in the first half en route to a hat trick as Middle Township rolled at Pleasantville, 9-0. Towan's third goal came on a header, and he added three assists.

Nonleague. Coach Dennis Hardies picked up his 100th career win as Burlington City dropped visiting Doane Academy, 5-1. Hardies has spent 13 seasons with the Blue Devils.

Field Hockey

Sophomore center forward Skyler Pino scored with one minute left to lead Gloucester over visiting Clearview, 1-0, in a nonleague game.

Pino dribbled into the circle and shot from the right side for the unassisted goal. Junior Carly DeMarco had six saves for the shutout.

In other nonleague action, Annett Palladino scored twice and assisted on three other goals to lead Washington Township past visiting Timber Creek, 8-1. Jill Wanielista and Jessie Hughes also scored twice.

Tara Vittese scored a game-high four goals to help Camden Catholic roll past visiting Cherry Hill East, 7-0.

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