BOONTON, NJ - The Cedar Grove girls soccer team suffered its first taste of defeat after a 4-0 loss to Boonton on Saturday drops the team to 2-1 on the year.
“I thought it was something that we actually needed. We needed to see a team that’s competitive like that so we know the competition we’re going to see as we’re getting toward tournament time with States and Counties…it was a good wake up call,” said Cedar Grove Head Coach Thomas Moogan.
The Panthers struggled to get out of their own end for most of the contest. The ultimate stat line showed Cedar Grove outshot by Boonton by an unofficial tally of 21 to three for the contest.
The Bombers would get a phenomenal performance from striker Madison Kleinwaks. Kleinwaks produced three of the teams four goals for the game and was a matchup nightmare for the Panther defense.
“[Kleinwaks] beat us down the line a couple of times. We were trying to give her some room but they got us on two counters in the second half there,” said Moogan.
Cedar Grove received an impressive effort in net from goaltender Carlene Topoleski. Despite giving up four goals Topoleski managed to produce 17 saves on the afternoon.
“[Topoleski] did what she could, which I was happy to see. She was vocal out there and tried to get to the balls she could reach…I was overall happy with her performance. Letting up four goals isn’t easy, but the ones she was able to get to she had good attempts on them,” said Moogan.
Overall Cedar Grove’s offense was stifled for the game. An attack powered by Jaime Dente and Kaitlyn Wolff had produced seven goals in the previous two games from the duo for the Panthers.
“Today was a little more difficult because we had a lot more opportunities [in games prior] so I know some of them are frustrated a little bit because they’re not used to having so few opportunities so it’s something they’ll have to realize when they get those moments they have to capitalize on them…for the most part I’ve been happy with them,” said Moogan.
Cedar Grove as previously mentioned will drop to 2-1 on the season as they look to rebound from their first loss. The Panthers will have a quick turnaround with a game on Monday against East Orange.
“I want them to rest over the weekend, not dwell on this too much, think about the mistakes they’ve made and come practice Tuesday we’ll talk about the mistakes we’ve made and improve our weaknesses,” said Moogan.
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