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September 11, 2013

Salem drops Gloucester to earn first win

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O’Leary picked up her second goal of the game just two minutes into the half taking advantage of a quick restart, driving to the net past the Gloucester defense and beating Maciel to give the Witches a 2-0 lead.

Just under 10 minutes later the freshman would pick up the hat trick with a perfectly placed snipe just under the crossbar from a few feet inside the box to give Salem a 3-0 lead.

The Witches weren’t done either as Deema Hijleh, the team’s leading scorer in 2012, put forth a great individual effort taking the ball more than half the length of the field blowing through the Gloucester midfield and defense breaking in all alone for the score and a 4-0 Salem lead.

Gloucester would finally get on the board in the 70th minute on a nice individual effort from Keyra MacLean, who fought through a pair of Salem defenders for the goal. MacLean’s goal would turn out to be Gloucester’s only shot of the contest.

“I told the team to think that you won’t let up any shots,” Day said. “Of course that’s not going to happen often but we had that mentality tonight. They got that one shot in but I really liked the effort of our defense and the team overall.”

Hijleh would add one more goal in the 72nd minute to cap the scoring at 5-1.

“We have really been working on ball possession and dictating pace and I thought we really carried play in those areas,” Day said. “And we got some goals tonight which was very nice.”

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