LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston field hockey team is making positive strides in its development despite taking a 2-1 loss on Saturday morning to Scotch Plains.
“I think the girls worked hard today,” said head coach Lila Alfaro. “We were really trying to stress in our last practice having that support, creating triangles, having the flat and the through option and I think they did a decent job of that.”
Livingston battled back in the second half to make a game of the contest. Down 2-, the Lancers proceeded to outplay a solid Raider team outshooting their counterparts seven to two and generating nine corners to the Raiders four.
“I think we were more competitive in the second half as far as having that drive and energy in the circle,” said Alfaro.
Ultimately, the persistence of the Lancers offense paid off, as Christina DiTonno connected on a rebound in the circle to cut the Scotch Plains lead in half. DiTonno, who is a newcomer to the team, has had a meteoric rise, leading the youthful squad in scoring so far this year.
“[DiTinno] is marking that post and making sure that any loose balls that are there, she’s able to tap in for us, which I think has been a little bit of an issue for us getting people in key spots,” said Alfaro.
Livingston continued to poke away at the Scotch Plains defense, forcing two key corner opportunities late. Unfortunately, a rigid Raider defense clamped down and held on for the 2-1 victory.
Offensively, the Raiders capitalized off minor mistakes from the Lancers defense to get their two goals. Julia Barnes and Cassidy Novello each had goals off of corners at the beginning and end of the first half to put Scotch Plains up 2-0.
“We’re trying to put it all together and get a full game in,” said Alfaro.
The Lancers will continue to grow as the season progresses and they look for their elusive first victory. The Lancers are trending in the right direction, having scored goals in back-to-back games, and will look to break their losing streak on Monday against a very winnable 1-5 Mount Saint Dominick team.
“We’ve now scored two games in a row, which has been a struggle for us,” said Alfaro. “So we’re taking that as a positive moving forward and we’re looking to go to Mount St. Dominick on Monday and have a competitive game and play for the full 60 minutes.”