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September 18, 1995 | By Lou Costello, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In a span of 11 seconds, the momentum changed for Oxford in the second quarter of its 20-7 nonleague football loss to visiting Sun Valley on Friday night. The Hornets (1-2) had a 7-0 lead, but they were punting from their 1-yard line. Dave Lee had his back foot against the back line of the end zone as he awaited the snap. Lee was unable to get the punt off, and it was blocked by Jack Starkey. Oxford's Dave Cooper fell on the ball to prevent a touchdown and was smothered by a host of Sun Valley defenders for a safety with 8 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first half.
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April 10, 2012 | BY VINNY VELLA
In soccer, "set piece" is a catch-all term for any situation where the ball is put back in play after a stoppage, usually following a foul. The most common set piece is a free kick, a stationary kick from where the foul occurred. Easy enough, right? But just to vex sports fans on this side of the pond, free kicks come in two flavors. There's the direct free kick, in which the kicker is allowed[] to score a goal . . . directly. And there's the indirect type, where the kicker needs to pass it (with his foot, remember)
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September 13, 2012 | Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The United States rebounded from a loss at Jamaica in World Cup qualifying, beating the Reggae Boyz, 1-0, Tuesday night as Herculez Gomez curled a free kick in the 55th minute. The U.S. scored after Clint Dempsey was fouled by Rodolph Austin. The U.S. is tied with Guatemala (2-1-1) at seven points in Group A of the North and Central American and Caribbean semifinals. Jamaica (2-1-1) also has seven points but trails on goal difference.
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November 26, 1986 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the season started, Bordentown High's soccer team wasn't even rated as a serious Burlington County League Freedom Division contender. But when the season ended at Trenton State College last night, the Scotties owned more than the Burlco Freedom title. They were the newly crowned NJSIAA Group 1 state champions. John Blum scored on a 25-yard free kick - his second goal of the game - with 5 minutes, 17 seconds left in the second overtime, lifting Bordentown to a dramatic 2-1 comeback win over Chatham Township.
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April 21, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a dominating first half, the Union couldn't match the effort in the final 45 minutes Sunday and saw their modest unbeaten string snapped. Allowing players to roam freely near the goal, the Union squandered a 1-0 halftime lead in a 2-1 Major League Soccer loss to the New England Revolution at PPL Park. The Union, 1-0-1 in their previous two games, lowered their record to 1-4-3. "It was a very disappointing result," Union coach Jim Curtin said. "We let a huge opportunity slip through our fingers.
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June 18, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The main problem the Union experienced under former team manager Peter Nowak surfaced in the debut of his successor, John Hackworth. Despite dominating play, the Union's inability to finish cost them in a 1-0 Major League Soccer loss to D.C. United before a sellout crowd of 18,876 Saturday night at PPL Park. "If we play that way every week, we will win a lot of games," said Hackworth, the former assistant coach named interim team manager following Nowak's dismissal on Wednesday.
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June 17, 2012 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The main problem the Union experienced under former team manager Peter Nowak surfaced in the debut of his successor, John Hackworth. Despite dominating play, the Union's inability to finish cost them in a 1-0 Major League Soccer loss to D.C. United before a sellout crowd of 18,876 Saturday night at PPL Park. "If we play that way every week, we will win a lot of games," said Hackworth, the former assistant coach named interim team manager following Nowak's dismissal on Wednesday.
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September 13, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lenape midfielder Kenie Wright heard the instructions of her coach, Kevin Meder, and followed them perfectly. "Get it deep," Meder said before Wright's late-game free kick. The Lenape senior and Rutgers recruit sent a free kick from around 35 yards to the far post, where teammate Lizzie Kinkler found herself free. Kinkler connected with a header in the 79th minute to give Lenape a 2-1 win over host Eastern on Thursday in the season-opening girls' soccer game between The Inquirer's top-ranked South Jersey teams.
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July 11, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
As C.J. Sapong walked slowly off the field Saturday, the Talen Energy Stadium crowd of 18,463 lauded him with an orchestra of cheers. Sapong crossed his fists and greeted his substitute, Fabian Herbers, with a bump of the forearms. He then shook hands with coach Jim Curtin, who didn't say much to him before Sapong sat on the bench. With 11 minutes left in the game, Sapong had already done his part. "C.J. manhandled us," D.C. United coach Ben Olsen said. In his first MLS start since spraining his right ankle on June 1, Sapong helped create offensive chances and had an assist as the Union (8-6-5, 29 points)
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March 13, 2012 | BY JONATHAN TANNENWALD, For the Daily News
PORTLAND, Ore. - In 2011, the Philadelphia Union scored first in just five of 17 regular-season road games. In their 2012 Major League Soccer season opener Monday night, on the road, the Union took an early lead but couldn't hold on to it. The Portland Timbers ran roughshod over the Union after Gabriel Gomez' 51st-minute free-kick goal, dealing the Union a 3-1 defeat. Backed by a raucous sellout crowd of 20,438, Portland controlled most of the possession in a scoreless first half.
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July 11, 2016 | By Paul Schwedelson, STAFF WRITER
As C.J. Sapong walked slowly off the field Saturday, the Talen Energy Stadium crowd of 18,463 lauded him with an orchestra of cheers. Sapong crossed his fists and greeted his substitute, Fabian Herbers, with a bump of the forearms. He then shook hands with coach Jim Curtin, who didn't say much to him before Sapong sat on the bench. With 11 minutes left in the game, Sapong had already done his part. "C.J. manhandled us," D.C. United coach Ben Olsen said. In his first MLS start since spraining his right ankle on June 1, Sapong helped create offensive chances and had an assist as the Union (8-6-5, 29 points)
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April 10, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
C.J. Sapong was admittedly spent, but Union coach Jim Curtin didn't want to take him out of the game and Sapong wasn't volunteering to leave either. Sapong goes hard at both ends of the field and it takes a toll, but it also wears down defenses. While he scored the game's first goal, he also helped set up the second in Friday's 2-1 Major League Soccer win over Orlando City S.C. at Talen Energy Stadium. Late in the second half, Sapong was fouled, giving the Union a free kick from 25 yards out. Tranquillo Barnetta then converted a spectacular free quick to provide the game-winner and help the Union (3-2)
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April 21, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a dominating first half, the Union couldn't match the effort in the final 45 minutes Sunday and saw their modest unbeaten string snapped. Allowing players to roam freely near the goal, the Union squandered a 1-0 halftime lead in a 2-1 Major League Soccer loss to the New England Revolution at PPL Park. The Union, 1-0-1 in their previous two games, lowered their record to 1-4-3. "It was a very disappointing result," Union coach Jim Curtin said. "We let a huge opportunity slip through our fingers.
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November 16, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
HERSHEY, Pa. - Central Bucks West teammates Grace Bendon and Shae McCarty lined up next to each other to receive their gold medals. Bendon enthusiastically and playfully shoved her friend. McCarty shoved back. Neither could believe what their team had just accomplished. Two free kicks by Bendon led to both Bucks goals, as C.B. West rallied to win the PIAA Class AAA girls' soccer championship, 2-1, over Canon-McMillan in overtime Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium. The Bucks trailed, 1-0, at halftime, and on their first goal, Bendon didn't get to see the whole play develop.
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October 23, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Coach Kevin Schroeder adjusted his offense this week to make GCIT's volleyball team quicker and harder to defend. It had an unintended result. Ashley McGinn and Emma Patterson recorded milestones on the same play as host GCIT beat Gloucester Catholic, 25-11, 25-13, in an Olympic Conference matchup Tuesday. Patterson reached her 1,000th assist on McGinn's 1,000th kill. Schroeder said with the previous offense, McGinn would have recorded her milestone before Patterson, as it gave McGinn more opportunities to produce kills.
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September 13, 2014 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lenape midfielder Kenie Wright heard the instructions of her coach, Kevin Meder, and followed them perfectly. "Get it deep," Meder said before Wright's late-game free kick. The Lenape senior and Rutgers recruit sent a free kick from around 35 yards to the far post, where teammate Lizzie Kinkler found herself free. Kinkler connected with a header in the 79th minute to give Lenape a 2-1 win over host Eastern on Thursday in the season-opening girls' soccer game between The Inquirer's top-ranked South Jersey teams.
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June 20, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mark Geiger served as the referee of a marquee World Cup matchup Wednesday as Chile defeated Spain, 2-0, in Rio de Janeiro. Before Geiger was selected to officiate on soccer's biggest stage, the resident of Beachwood, Ocean County, excelled in something else entirely. Geiger was an award-winning math teacher. An instructor at Lacey Township High School, Geiger won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2009. He taught at all levels, from basic skills classes to Advanced Placement courses.
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November 29, 2012 | By Tim McManus, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Waiting at the circle for the second half to begin, Jayne Pinsky jogged in place. The Haddon Heights senior midfielder wasn't just warding off the brutal cold Wednesday night. After a halftime heart-to-heart, the Garnets were bubbling over with energy to prove they weren't the team that had played the first 40 minutes. They made their point, but it wasn't enough on the scoreboard. Shore Regional scored twice in the first half and held off a stiff challenge from Haddon Heights in the second for a 2-1 victory in the state Group 1 girls' soccer semifinal at St. Augustine.
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November 16, 2012 | By Brandon Stoneburg, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sean Milligan provided two clutch goals Thursday to keep alive Absegami's hopes of a South Jersey Group 4 boys' soccer title. The Braves edged Cherry Hill East, 2-1, in the group semifinals. Milligan scored the winner off a 20-yard free kick. "He's playing at an incredible level right now, and he really has turned it up as of late," coach Bill Rose said. With 10 minutes left, Milligan was taken down in the penalty area and converted the ensuing penalty kick to tie the game. With the win, Absegami advanced to host Washington Township at 2 p.m. Monday in the title game.
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October 23, 2012 | By Matt Breen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Wissahickon's Jalen Griffin shot a par 71 on Monday afternoon to finish tied for first after the first day of the PIAA individual championships at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. The junior birdied twice on the front nine to get off to a strong start. Holy Ghost Prep's Steve Cerbara and Reilly Erhardt each shot a 74 to tie for eighth place.   Soccer Ryan Murdoch scored off a free kick from Shane Holmes to lift MaST Charter at Faith Christian, 2-1, in overtime. Holmes tied the game in the second half.
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