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ROBUST FIRST HALF CENTENARY OFFENSE DOOMS CEDAR CREST
Hackettstown, NJ (April 13, 2011) - On the road at Colonial States Athletic Conference foe Centenary, Cedar Crest played surprisingly well in the second half considering the offensive onslaught they faced in the first half.
The host cyclones scored early and often, as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead before the Falcons could net their first goal. Centenary's Meredith Bruce had a hat trick in less than five minutes, and Danielle Bay had five of her game-high seven goals in the first half alone. Cedar Crest finally tallied their first score with just under 8:00 remaining in the half on an unassisted goal by Mo Manning (Dimock, PA/Elk Lake). By halftime, the Cyclones had opened up a 13-1 lead, outshot the Falcons by a wide margin, and had half as many turnovers and twice as many ground balls. Clearly, Cedar Crest could use the break to catch their breath and make some adjustments.
And adjust they did, playing much more aggressively and improving on all fronts in the second half in a clear testament to their gritty determination. Manning scored again, as did Becca Lowe (Richmond, VA/James River), both unassisted. While the final score ended up being 20-3, in the second half the Falcons played the Cyclones much more evenly. They were able to cut Centenary's shooting almost in half, they tied them in ground balls, and did nearly the same in turnovers. While the game is still a loss, the team's refusal to give up was noteworthy.
Goalkeeper Kim Katsigianis (Amherst, NH/Souhegan) had 14 saves and six ground balls in 60:00 minutes in goal, and Manning had four ground balls.
The Falcons are now 2-10 and 1-4 in the CSAC, while Centenary improves to 4-3 and 3-1 in the conference. The Falcons' next game will be against CSAC foe Immaculata at home on Saturday, April 16th, at 1:00 p.m.