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Penalized by penalty kicks
Swansea tops Lady Dogs in top 10 pairing, 3-2
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CAMDENS MADISON WOODY (4) MARKS Swansea forward Stenisha Hallman in action from Wednesday nights match at Zemp Stadium. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
As a tie match drew to a close in regulation play, all signs pointed to this one going to penalty kicks.In fact, Camden girls’ soccer coach Stephen Sutusky told his team as much as they prepared to return to the field for the start overtime in Wednesday’s contest against sixth-ranked Swansea. What 80 minutes of play and two five-minute overtime sessions could not do, the visiting Lady Tigers fixed in penalty kicks, using a 4-3 advantage there to come away with a 3-2 victory over the ninth-ranked Lady Bulldogs Wednesday night at Zemp Stadium.The non-region setback came on the heels of, what is believed to be, the first time a CHS girls’ soccer team has been ranked in the state’s AAA top 10 poll. Last week’s 2-1 overtime victory over eighth-ranked Dreher bumped Sutusky’s troops up a pair of slots in the rankings.On this night, however, rankings took a back seat to a bitter defeat in which Camden (8-3) missed the mark on a penalty kick in the first13 minutes of the second half --- when the score was knotted at 1-1 --- before a Swansea penalty kick after overtime was stopped by CHS goalkeeper Jordan Woody, only to roll past the line as a sliding Woody lost control of the ball for an instant.“We were holding on for dear life throughout this entire game,” said Sutusky, whose team used a pair of back-to-back second half Jazzmine Devlin goals to have a 2-1 lead with less than 13 minutes to play.Devlin’s second goal of the night came off a rebound following a Camden throw-in.