West Deptford advances to state boys' soccer semifinals with win over Cinnaminson

West Deptford's Hunter Holmstrom is mobbed after his kick sealed their 4-1 victory. The Eagles will face Central Jersey champion Holmdel on Wednesday.
West Deptford's Hunter Holmstrom is mobbed after his kick sealed their 4-1 victory. The Eagles will face Central Jersey champion Holmdel on Wednesday. (RON CORTES / Staff Photographer)
Posted: November 20, 2012

West Deptford senior Dan Devine says he wasn't nervous as the young woman on the sideline was counting down the final seconds of the game, the season, and his career.

"I just knew I had to make it," Devine said.

He heard the timer yelling, "Nine, eight, seven . . . " as he put the ball down just outside the 18-yard line. He had one chance to force overtime in the South Jersey Group 2 boys' soccer championship game.

"I knew I had to rush," Devine said. "But I wanted to keep calm."

Devine's kick curled into the left corner of the net with one second remaining in regulation. After 20 minutes of scoreless overtime, West Deptford advanced past Cinnaminson on a 4-1 edge in penalty kicks.

The dramatic victory secured the sectional title for ninth-seeded West Deptford and sent the Eagles into next Wednesday's state semifinals against Central Jersey champion Holmdel.

"We knew we weren't really a No. 9 seed," Devine said. "We knew we could handle ourselves in the tournament."

Devine, Joe Mingrino, Lew Hunter, and Hunter Holmstrom converted penalty kicks for West Deptford (14-5-3), which was playing for the first time since beating Deptford, 3-1, on Nov. 6.

But the key for the Eagles was the work of senior goalie Brendan Gill, who made two saves on penalty kicks.

"I knew it was going to come down to penalty kicks and I would have to make a big save," Gill said. "This team just plays with its heart."

Cinnaminson (11-9-1), the No. 7 seed, took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in the second half on goals by Kevin Sotell and Chris Wiest, the latter on a penalty kick with 4 minutes, 2 seconds left in regulation.

"After we got the [penalty kick], they put a lot of pressure on us," Cinnaminson coach Jason Miele said. "It's tough to lose any game that way."

West Deptford won its fourth tournament game in a row, all on the road.

"We're road warriors," West Deptford coach Steve Jakubowski said.

West Deptford 0 2 0 0 – 2

Cinnaminson 0 2 0 0 – 2

(West Deptford advances on penalty kicks, 4-1)

Goals: WD-Lewis Hunter, Dan Devine. C-Kevin Sotell. Chris Wiest.

Saves: WD-Brendan Gill, 6; C-Luke Garvey, 5.


Contact Phil Anastasia at panastasia@phillynews.com and follow @PhilAnastasia on Twitter. Read his blog, "Jersey Side Sports," at ww.philly.com/jerseysidesports

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