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Big Opening Week for Gator Fall Sports
Gateway's fall athletic program started the season strong, winning six of the seven contests played this week.  The only blemish came in an overtime.

The girls tennis team led the charge into the fall season, going 3-0 this week.  They posted consecutive 5-0 victories over Paulsboro, Audubon and Lindenwold.  They continued their success over the weekend, as singles player Sarah McKnight and the doubles team of Danielle DeFrancesco/Lindsey Helmbrecht both finished third at the Gloucester County Championships.  The team earned a second place finish in the county tournament.

The girls soccer team earned a 4-0 victory over Paulsboro this week.  Mackenzie Dubbs, Katie Funk, Morgan Wermuth, and Ella Van Dine found the back of the net for the Gators.

The boys soccer team trailed Pennsville three times in their contest, and fought to even the score all three times -- once from two goals down in the second half-- to force overtime against a tough Eagles side.   Pennsville prevailed with the Golden Goal winner in overtime.

The field hockey team opened the 2017 campaign with a 5-1 victory over Paulsboro.  Cameron Church scored, and two goals each were contributed by Courtney Farren and Julia Carey.

Gator football closed out the week with an emphatic 33-6 victory over Lindenwold.  Eight different backs carried the ball for the Gators, led by Evan Wilkinson (14 carries, 87 yards, 2 TD), Derrick Parker (9 carries, 77 yards, 1 TD) and Kyle Albeser (8 carries, 48 yards).  Matt Goetz earned the win in his first start at quarterback, passing for 68 yards and avoiding any turnovers.

This week, the field hockey, tennis, boys and girls soccer and football teams all play home games.  Highlights include the hockey team's first game on the turf this season on Monday afternoon, a Tuesday evening boys soccer match in the stadium against an always-tough Audubon team, a Wednesday tennis match against defending Patriot Division champion Haddon Township, girls soccer's first home match on Thursday, and a Friday night football showdown with neighboring Deptford.
   
Author: Mike DiCicco   E-Mail: mdicicco@gatewayhs.com