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  • Writer's pictureDan Russoman

St. Joe wins playoff opener

Dan Russoman/THG. St. Joseph’s Stella Devlin (right) moves the ball past Moorestown Friends defender Olivia Neri.

HAMMONTON—Jalia Cooper scored three goals as St. Joseph Academy’s field hockey team cruised past Moorestown Friends 8-1 to win an opening round South Jersey Non-Public playoff game on Oct. 27.

It’s been an up-and-down season for the Wildcats, who improved their record to 8-7 with the victory.

“We’ve played some tough games this year against some very good teams. I think our record doesn’t show how well we’ve played. Taking on the quality of opponents that we have, we’re tested and ready for the playoffs,” St. Joseph coach Corinne Veight said.

The sixth-seeded Wildcats wasted little time putting the visiting Foxes away in last week’s playoff opener. Cassidy Perri put St. Joseph up 1-0 less than five minutes into the game, and two minutes later, Cooper scored her first goal to give the Wildcats a 2-0 advantage.

Later in the first quarter, Emmah Devlin added a goal and Nina Aponte scored, giving the Wildcats a commanding 4-0 lead against an overmatched Moorestown Friends defense.

St. Joe continued to apply pressure in the second quarter, adding a goal by Stella Devlin to take a 5-0 halftime lead.

Cooper tacked on a pair of goals in the third quarter and Emmah Devlin rounded out the scoring for St. Joseph with her second goal of the game late in the period.

The Foxes tallied their lone score late in the game when Savannah Obermeier scored to make the final score 8-1.

The victory sent St. Joseph into the South Jersey Non-Public quarterfinals, where the Wildcats will play at third-seeded St. Rose on Nov. 1.


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