October 16, 2012 at 7:30 AM
CALDWELL, NJ - Despite slippery, wet pitch conditions and a back-up goalie in the net, the Livingston Lancers beat the Caldwell Lady Chiefs 2-0 in Monday’s girls’ varsity soccer match at Caldwell’s Kiwanis Oval.
The Lancers improved to 12-1-1 with the win, but the immediate future of starting keeper Samantha Rothenberger remains unclear.
Rothenburger was injured in the opening minutes of the match, but Livingston head coach Paul Raiz doesn’t believe the injury is serious.
“Hopefully, she got just a little whiplash,” he said. “She went to the hospital, so we’re going to go and check on her.”
Back-up goalie Nicole LaRusso replaced Rothenberger and held Caldwell at bay for the entire match, making several key saves in the game’s final minutes to seal the win for the Lancers.
“She (LaRusso) made some nice stops,” Raiz said. “She had a couple of bobbles, but she held on to it, she kept her body behind it. She did a nice job.”
In front of LaRusso, the Livingston offense put two goals on the scoreboard. Jordy Bonvini netted the first score early in the first half. In the 23rd minute, Kristine Kelly ripped one from 15-yards out past the Caldwell keeper to put the Lancers up 2-0.
“I thought we had a lot of possession,” Raiz said. “We had a lot of chances in the beginning. I thought Caldwell came out even harder, made some adjustments, but I was very pleased.”
The two teams will meet again on Wednesday in the Super Essex County Conference semifinals from Millburn High School. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.