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Field hockey: Turner sisters, A.C. defense shut down Middle Township in 5-2 win by Vikings

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By DAVE O’SULLIVAN Publisher ATLANTIC CITY — Georgia Turner played outstanding defense on Tuesday in Atlantic City’s 5-2 win over Middle Township, helping sister Izzy pick up the win in goal. Tough to say who had a better game, but Georgia said she’ll still have control over the TV remote tonight — because, well, she’s older. Georgia, a senior, spent the entire game thwarting a pretty good Panthers offense, and Izzy, a sophomore, made several key saves in the second half after Middle Township had cut the gap to 4-2 just before halftime by scoring on a corner. “We heard about No. 1 and what she was capable of, but we knew if we worked hard enough we could stop her, and the diamond system we use is fantastic. Thank you to (assistant coach) Samantha Sickler for that one,” Georgia Turner said. “The system we use, when we do it right, it makes it really hard to get through. We work together as a unit, me, Hannah Mackler, Julia Falvo and Tori Budd.” No. 1 that Turner spoke of is Jenna Herlihy, Middle Township’s top offensive threat. She did score two first-half goals, but the Vikings and Izzy Turner were able to put the clamps on her in the second half. Senior Georgia Turner clears a ball out of the defensive backfield during Atlantic City's 5-2 win over Middle Township on Tuesday afternoon. (Glory Days Magazine photos/Dave O'Sullivan) Senior Georgia Turner clears a ball out of the defensive backfield during Atlantic City’s 5-2 win over Middle Township on Tuesday afternoon. (Glory Days Magazine photos/Dave O’Sullivan) “My sister is something else. She leads us, honestly,” Georgia Turner said. “She might seem timid, but she has no problem telling us when we are doing something wrong. She really does lead us.” Kiersten Campbell scored less than five minutes into the game to give Atlantic City an early 1-0 lead before the Panthers tied it on Herlihy’s first goal. Senior forward Lillie Cutugno scored a pair of goals midway through the half to give the Vikings the lead for good, and Katia Naame pushed it to 4-1 by scoring off a pass from Bridget Migone with less than four minutes left. Senior captain Lillie Cutugno scored a pair of goals to pace the Vikings' offense. Senior captain Lillie Cutugno scored a pair of goals to pace the Vikings’ offense. Middle had a corner to end the first half, and some confusion by Atlantic City helped the Panthers cut the lead in half. The Vikings stopped the initial shot as the horn sounded, but during a corner at the end of a half, play continues until either the offense scores or the defense clears the ball out of the circle. The sounding of the horn momentarily caught the Vikings off guard, and that was all Herlihy needed to put a shot into the left corner of the cage. But the second half belonged to Atlantic City. Campbell scored her second goal of the game off an assist by Naame, and the Vikings’ defense did the rest. “This was a very big game for us. We really wanted to score first. We’ve been really working on our conditioning and we used our speed to our advantage,” Campbell said. “We really trust our defense. They always come through. It feels amazing. We’ve been hearing how hard Middle has been working, but we’ve been working just as hard. We were very prepared.” Contact Dave O’Sullivan: sully@acglorydays.com; on Twitter @GDsullysays

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