West Long Branch: As much of the shore community continues to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the young ladies of the Shore Regional High School Varsity Field Team began their quest to win another state championship. The mid-afternoon matchup was played at home against the Bordentown Scotties.
Prior to the game, both Bordentown and Council Rock High School showed their support by bringing a bus-load of clothing, dry goods, and food to the game to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. This act of goodwill reminded those in attendance that although this game had state implications, there were greater challenges facing the Shore Regional community.
Those in attendance knew that this game was going to be tough. So much so that neither team was able to score until less than two minutes into the first half when Katie Mannino put the ball past Bordentown Goalie Suzy Mansour, giving the Blue Devils the 1-0 lead.
The second half was tightly contested as play continued from end-to-end. Although Shore maintained a 1-0 lead the pressure to build on that lead was beginning to boil over. With 16:30 left in the second half, Grace Santi scored the first of her two goals, giving Shore the 2-0 lead. A few minutes later, Carol Middough continued her strong play by assisting on Grace Santi’s third goal, giving Shore a comfortable 3-0 lead.
Three goals are all that were needed to advance to the next round of the State Playoffs.
Word On The Shore will post the any information about the next game as soon as it becomes available.