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A score to settle [w/ additions] Wall/Squan field hockey preview

September 30, 2011

The beginning section of this blog entry originally ran in yesterday’s print edition of The Coast Star.

It has been two weeks since the Crimson Knights and the Warriors tied 1-1 in the first meeting of the season and now the rivals will have just one more day [TODAY] to wait to settle the score.

[TODAY] Pam Cosse and her Manasquan squad will host Nancy Gross and Wall in a much anticipated C Central rivalry rematch game at Pat Barnaba Field. The matchup is scheduled to get underway at 3:45 p.m. and needless to say, there is excitement surrounding the game.

“We are definitely pumped up to go against Manasquan on Friday,” said Wall senior Kelly O’Donnell, following a 5-2 win over Point Pleasant Borough on Monday. “Our heads are really going to be in the game.”

[Additional preview info.]

After observing their first game [a 1-1 overtime tie] on Sept. 15, it appears that the Crimson Knights and the Warriors are much more evenly matched this season than in 2010, when Wall swept the season series.

When the two teams meet today you can expect a similar type game, low scoring which could go either way, with the difference likely to be 1 or 2 goals.

The Crimson Knights offense looks to be working better as a unit since the last time the arch rivals met, with players like O’Donnell, juniors Dayna Nesta & Katlyn Cusack and sophomore Nicole Kuerzi leading the attack.

Wall’s defense has been tested much more frequently in 2011 than in 2010 and have not disappointed.  The unit is lead by veteran senior Alexis Carlsson and junior goalie Bev Perkins and has also gotten strong play from players like juniors Courtney Boland, Morgan Durkin & Rebecca Mattia.

On the Warriors side, the team has gotten quality play from many players during their impressive start to the season.  Leading Manasquan’s charge is senior Shea Gegan, who is quickly proving to be one of the best players in the Shore, and junior Kaitlyn Anderson, who shows a knack for scoring once set up in front of the net.  The Warriors defense has proved to be a tenacious group, corner stoned by the play of senior goalie Kylie Stark.

The game is just about 3 hours away and should be a contest that will come down to the final few minutes.

For live updates, you can follow me on twitter @ http://twitter.com/#!/SamCostantino

A full game story will run in the Oct. 6 print edition of The Coast Star

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