LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Livingston Lancers Boys Varsity Soccer shut out Pequannock High School 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at Livingston High School.
The Lancer’s offense was a dominant presence early, led by junior Jack Wasserman.
Just 17 minutes into the game, Senior Robbie April sent a pass up field to Wasserman. Wasserman was able to poke the ball past Pequannock keeper Bill Troast and sink the ball into the empty net for the first goal of the game.
Less than five minutes later, the Lancers had the ball on Pequannock’s side of the field. The Lancers were granted a throw in on the 10-yard line of the home side of the field. Junior Cole Charney threw the ball into the box to Jack Wasserman, who used his head to place the ball into the far side of the net for his second goal of the game.
The two early goals by Wasserman put him at six goals for the year. When asked about the team’s performance in the first half, Wasserman revealed that the team “…got off to a great start in the first half. We’ve been struggling to score goals recently and it was nice to finally break through and put a few in.”
The Lancers kept the pressure up the whole game, getting a plethora of shots on net. They kept the momentum up heading into the second half. Just seven minutes into the half, the Lancers were granted a corner kick. Senior Daniel Kaltman sent the kick to the far post, where Senior Jacob Haaker was waiting. Haaker found the back of the net, using his head to give the Lancers a 3-0 lead.
Just under two minutes later, Haaker sent a beautiful through ball to Robbie April, who was tripped by Pequannock defender Dylan Steed. The tackle gave Steed a place in the book, as he received a yellow card.
A demanding second half lead allowed most of the players from the bench to get into the game. The subs were able to hold Pequannock to 0 goals in the 30 minutes they were in, finishing off the shutout, giving the Lancers their seventh victory of the year.
The Lancers, who are currently in twelfth place in Section 1- Group 4, were playing with great speed and force, and did not look like a 7-3-3 team. This victory may be a pivotal moment in the Lancers season. Wasserman, the team’s leading goal scorer, shared that, “This season we’ve been unlucky for the most part, tying and losing some winnable games. Hopefully, this game sparks a rally heading toward the postseason.”
The Lancers hope that Wasserman is correct. Their next matchup is another home game against Caldwell, where the boys hope to follow up with another win.