The first round of the NJSIAA Girls Soccer Tournament opened up on Monday afternoon. One of the many competitive brackets; South Jersey Group II, could provide some of the best matchups. The winner of the bracket will have a great opportunity by advancing to the overall Group II Tournament. Point Boro came ready to play as they defeated the Wildcats of Pinelands by a score of 6-1. The Panthers will now host 7th seeded Delran on Thursday, as they look to make it two consecutive trips to the Conference Semifinals.
I was able to catch up with Kaitlyn Seitter after the game as she evaluated the teams performance. ” After the results from last year we want to make sure we keep our mind set on the ultimate goal which is winning states. Coach Edolo always says that we need to take it one game at a time so our next smaller goal is to win the next one. We are only going to achieve that ultimate goal if we work well together as a team and feed off of one another. Also, the depth we have on the bench is very useful and they contribute a lot to the game, Seitter said.
Seitter was responsible for one of six Panthers goals on the afternoon. Julia Fitzsimmons was also able to find the back of the net this for Pt. Boro. “We have fast forwards that are able to feed others the ball. They use their speed to beat defenders and score. We also have Amy’s great service for corners and some set pieces, and all players seem to find the end of the corners and put it in the back of the net”, added Fitzsimmons. She was able to credit Amy Bergquist for supplying the assist as Julia was able to convert the corner Kick with sixteen minutes remaining in the game. Bergquist was able to get the Panthers on the board early with a goal that appeared to be from 35 yards out. It was surely a goal that was able to get everyone’s attention.
Carlie Vetrini has been a huge part of the Panthers success all season long. Vetrini was able to give me her analysis on the teams’ impressive first round win. “We have all been working so hard to prepare for states and today we made sure to come out strong and make an impact. We knew it was very important to make an impression. And as long as we keep up the team work and fitness, I feel very confident about the rest of the tournament.”
This team has a great future with many key members of this years team being of the undergrad status. April Rivera who is one of the up and coming leaders of the team said “We came in knowing Pinelands wanted to get us back after we beat them twice, but our captains’ took charge and kept all our minds set and ready for the game because no matter who we play, we know that every contest will not be easy”
Devon Wondolowski also proved to once again be a scoring factor in this game. The Sophomore has been very Potent this season, becoming a major force in the Shore Conference. She was able to make the score 3-0 after Bergquist and Robin Fiorentino scored the two previous goals in the first half of play. She would later score the 5th goal in the game as well.
As for Pinelands, they were able to tally a goal off a rebound later in the game. Alex Hanna put one in the back of the net off the feed from Sierra Callahan. Point Boro goalkeeper Amye Zalesky was able to limit the damage to just the one goal. She would finish the game with 3 saves. Angela Wismar had ten saves for the Wildcats.