Cavs edged by East Burke, 1-0
The East Rutherford Cavaliers dropped another close game to finish out their 2013 season falling to East Burke on Wednesday, 1-0.
The theme for East Rutherford head coach Neil Van Dyke and his young team this season has been growth and even though their record isn’t much to talk about their effort on the field is starting to pay off. The loss to East Burke was the eighth game of the season that the Cavaliers lost by two points or less.
The game was evenly matched from the outset as both teams played hard-nosed defense and protected the nets well. East Burke fired off the first couple of scoring attempts but could not crack Cavalier goalie CJ Warren in the first half. Warren, playing in his last came as a Cavalier, turned away nine shots in the first half.
“CJ is awesome,” said Van Dyke of his keeper. “He hadn’t played soccer in almost ten years before coming out as a junior. He just works hard and makes good things happen.”
The Cavaliers got off six shots of their own on goal but didn’t manage to break through as the teams went into halftime scoreless.
In the second half the Cavaliers found some success at the midfield level but time and time again failed to press the ball up the field and take advantage of their opportunities.
“We played so good all game long,” Van Dyke said of his team’s effort. “Our inexperience hurts us a little bit because we are young but one thing here or there and we’re heading into overtime and then who knows what happens.”
Unfortunately for Van Dyke, the one thing that he spoke of happened for East Burke instead of his team when Steven Xiong controlled the ball at midfield step around his defender and made a break for the Cavalier net.
Warren made another valiant effort but for the first and only time of the night the Cavalier keeper came up short as Xoing punched in the short goal. It was the only score that East Burke needed to secure the win.
Sometimes you have to find the hope in a long season and for the Cavaliers it isn’t to difficult to do. “If you look at our roster we are pretty much a JV team,” Van Dyke pointed out.
This point was driven home at halftime when the team honored their one and only senior CJ Warren. The roster is actually made up of one senior, six juniors, seven sophomores and 10 freshmen.
“When you look at that it’s pretty awesome at the growth that we’ve shown and if the guys stay on this track... I’m real excited,” Van Dyke said with a grin. “Next year I’d like to dish some back out, trade some licks with a few people.”