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Boca Women Blast Knights – Howell Times
July 18, 2009

Boca Women Blast Knights

Howell Times
Eye on Sports
Published July 18, 2009

MONMOUTH COUNTY – After conceding the first goal of the match, the Jersey Shore Boca U23 women rallied past the Jersey Knights 3 to 1 en route to a decisive Mid-Atlantic Summer Showcase League (MSSL) victory under the lights at the John Patrick Sports Complex in Lakewood.

With the win, the Boca women improve to 3-1-3 for the summer and move into a tie for second place with the Pocono Snow (PA) in the MSSL U23 women’s standings, with each team having 10 points.

Although Boca out-shot the Knights 17 to 2 in the first half, it was the Knights who struck first in the 22nd minute with a goal coming off a wicked deflection from the scrum in the goal box.

The Boca women did not let up and got the equalizer at 42:22 as time wound down in the first half.

Kutztown University rising junior Kelly Bushe (Neptune City) played a superb touch to fellow Golden Bear junior standout Jen Tice (Barnegat) at midfield who dribbled through traffic.

Tice, a two-time PSAC selection at Kutztown then sent a blazing pass to former College of New Jersey standout Erin Cunliffe (Lakewood), splitting two Knight defenders as Cunliffe sprinted toward goal.

The Lakewood Township native picked up the ball just outside of the penalty area and drilled her shot low to left post past the outstretched Knights keeper.

Jen Pyne (Wall), who will also be a junior at Kutztown in the fall, tallied the game winner for Boca in the 55th minute as she fought repeatedly in and through traffic and muscled her way inside the box, finishing with a nice volley off a deflection though the mob in front of goal.

The Boca U23 women received an insurance goal at the 80:10 mark with a pretty Tice-Cunliffe-Pyne combination.

Lauren Albrecht (Marlton), a sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson in Florham, pickedup the win in goal for the Boca women.

Jersey Shore Boca is participating in MSSL for the sixth consecutive year this summer as one of the league’s inaugural founding members.

MSSL is a regional summer soccer league, which is specifically designed for collegiate players under the age of 23 and is fully sanctioned by the United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA), the national governing body for adult amateur soccer.

For more information about the Boca U23 and U20 teams and all other the Jersey Shore Boca programs, visit www.