East takes on cross-town rivals West in Soccer
September 29, 2018
Andrew Maier ('20)
East Boys Soccer loses in a heartbreak to West
The Cherry Hill East Boys Soccer team lost a heartbreaker to crosstown rival Cherry Hill West on September 28 under the lights. The Lions were able to punch in a goal with 22 minutes left in the game. This was the first game the Cougars played without one of their star players Eddie Grant (‘20), who suffered a broken femur in the game against Cherokee High School on September 26. Coach Michael Melograna hung up Grant’s jersey on the Cougars’ bench to show that Grant is always with them.
The Lions started with the ball, as the game commenced. The Cougars showed lots of hustle and great defending, but the ball ended up being on the Lion’s side of the field for a majority of the first half. Nick Feldman (‘19) made save after save, many of them involving diving and jumping. The Cougars were able to push the ball into their territory, with the help of Mark Baeshore (‘19). East had the perfect opportunity to bury the ball into the back of the net with a couple of minutes left in the half, but the header hit off the post. At the half, the score was tied 0-0.
At halftime and throughout the whole game, the East student section and the West student section showed excitement and chanted back and forth at each other. Popular cheers included “You can’t do that” and “Harry Hampton (‘19).” The students were spirited and it really contributed to the excitement of the game.
The Cougars had the ball when the second half whistle blew. Andrew Bui (‘19) hustled to every ball that came his way, and helped make opportunities for East. Feldman continued to make saves left and right. Remus Creanga (‘19) had a perfect opportunity to score, but his header was just wide of the net. With 22 minutes left in the match, the Lions scored to make the score 1-0. The score would stay the same for the rest of the match, so the Lions won this year’s crosstown rivalry game.
The Cougars look to beat Shawnee on Tuesday, October 2.
Jiseon Lee ('20)
East Girls Soccer falls to crosstown rival Cherry Hill West
On the sunny afternoon of September 28 at Jonas C. Memorial Stadium on the West side of Cherry Hill, the Cherry Hill East Cougars fell to the Cherry Hill West Lions 2-0. This soccer game meant a lot to both sides, as the girls wanted to beat their crosstown rivals. Many of the girls on East have played with the girls on West through club soccer. The Cougars were without Boston University commits Lexi Schaffer (‘19) and Roni Schaffer (‘19), which changed the dynamic for the Cougars.
The first half consisted of lots of hustle for the Cougars, as they were able to control the ball and keep it on their half of the field for most of the half. However, twenty minutes into the game, a West player scored to make the score 1-0 West. This discouraged the Cougars, but they were ready to fight their way back into the match. The Cougars came back with a vengeance, and Jael Madrid (‘20) and University of Wisconsin commit Faith Rosenblatt (‘20) made great runs up the field, but were unsuccessful when it came to scoring. The Lions’ defenders were like a brick wall and did not let anything past them. That translated on offense, as the Lions scored with six minutes left in the first half to make the score 2-0 West.
Although the girls trailed 2-0 at the half, they did not give up. West played hard defense, and the girls were not able to catch a break. Rosenblatt’s footwork led her to a couple shots on net, but none were successful. The Cougars played strong defense in the second half, and keeper Rebecca Winslow (‘20) made some impressive saves in net. Neither side scored in the second half despite numerous attempts for both East and West. The Lions came out victorious in this year’s crosstown rivalry 2-0.
The Cougars look to bounce back against Paul VI on Monday, October 1.