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July 29, 2009

July 29, 2009

Boca U-23 women earn MSSL crown

Bordentown, N.J. — The Jersey Shore Boca Under-23 women’s team recorded a 1-0 win over the Middlepath Soccer Club (N.Y.) to capture the Mid-Atlantic Summer Showcase League Cup at the Friendship Field Complex in Bordentown on Sunday.

It was the first time during the club’s six years of MSSL competition, that a Boca team, men or women, captured the MSSL Cup and also the first time in club’s history that a women’s team of any age has won a title.

Because of their first-place finish in the MSSL standings, the Boca was seeded directly into the semifinals for the Cup against the Jersey Knights of New Brunswick.

Boca easily dispatched the Knights, 3-0, with goals from Trystin Fiegel (Middlesex, N.J.,Kutztown University), Jennifer Pyne (Wall, N.J., Kutztown University) and soon to be college freshman Claudia Vasquez (Middletown North High School, Monmouth University).

Goalkeeper Marissa Zayac (Jackson Memorial JH.S.), another freshman at Montclair State University this fall, picked up the shutout in her Boca debut.

In the MSSL Cup championship game, Boca squared-off against a strong Middlepath side that defeated the Boca women 1-0 in the 2007 MSSL Cup final.

After a see-saw battle through most of the match, Boca struck for the game-winner in the middle of the second half with a nice combination from yet another pair of soon-to-be college freshman.

Brandi Johnson (Jackson Memorial H.S., College of New Jersey), from 25 yards out, played a pass inside the penalty area to Kyra Janeczek (Wall, College of New Jersey), who collected the ball, turned to the right and buried the winner beyond the outstretched hands of the Middlepath keeper.

Zayac picked up her second shutout.

Boca is coached by Charlie Cunliffe, who has been at the helm of the team since their inception.

“I have always believed that some of the finest soccer talent can be found here at the Jersey Shore,” Cunliffe said.

“I felt a special connection with this year’s team, not only were they a very skilled squad but they are truly an outstanding group of young women. I had told them throughout the season that they had the ability to win every game because of the depth of their talent. They took first place in the League and won the Cup because of the depth of their spirit.”

July 29, 2009