BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Gov. Livingston girls’ soccer express continued to roll on Tuesday with another impressive display.
Caitlin Colendenski scored twice, Samantha Erickson and Allie Sciacchitano each booted in a goal and Jackie Penna finished with two assists to send the Lady Highlanders to a 4-1 victory over Johnson Regional of Clark. Gov. Livingston improved to 6-0 with the triumph and has now outscored its opponents by a 27-5 margin over the six-game span.
Johnson, now 3-2-1, got its lone goal from Jenna Wiese in the opening half. The setback was the second straight for Johnson, which was edged by Union Catholic, 2-1, on Saturday.
For Gov. Livingston it was another strong effort in campaign that’s been without a blemish from the opening contest. The Lady Highlanders were coming off a 5-1 verdict over neighboring rival New Providence on Saturday, a match that saw Kaylee Vreeland and Caroline Freer each deliver a pair of goals.
Despite the winning streak, Gov. Livingston coach Mike Roof always looks for ways to improve.
“We can play better,” said Roof, “but it’s always good to win. These next two games this week against Union Catholic and Elizabeth will close out the first half of the schedule, so we want to keep this going. We are making our way through the season. We are still 6-0 and everyone is playing hard.”
Freer, a freshman, has burst onto the scene thus far. Playing mostly at outside midfielder from the opening game, Freer was moved into the center-midfield position after Allie Post suffered a broken bone in her foot last week in practice. The talented sophomore is now out for the remainder of the season.
The position shift has not fazed Freer, who also registered a hat trick to fuel a 6-2 decision over Linden last week.
“Caroline has taken Alli Post’s spot and they’re very similar players,” said Roof. “They’ve both got good speed and Caroline is getting that freedom and she’s done more with the ball and can help dictate our offense. She’s stepped in and done a lot of what Allie has done. Caroline is very well-suited for the center-mid role. She’s a player who’s suited to have the ball on her feet and distribute. She’s a very creative player.”
The Lady Highlanders have also received six goals thus far from Kaylee Vreeland and eight from Schiaccatano.
Gov. Livingston will take to the road to play Union Catholic in Scotch Plains on Thursday before they play host to Elizabeth on Saturday.
“We just have to make sure we guard against not getting too complacent,” Roof said.