Summit Girls' Late Strike Defeats Watchung Hills, 3-2


SUMMIT, NJ – Summit striker Holly Confalone struck from 25 yards out late in the second half to lead the Hilltoppers to a 3-2 victory over Watchung Hills on Saturday.  The triumph breaks a five-game losing streak for Summit, who played in front of a packed Upper Turf Field on Hilltopper Day.

“I saw a lot of fight,” Summit head coach Michael Poller said. “We were riding a five game losing streak coming into this game. We needed to fight.  We need to turn our season around. Hopefully this was the start of it.”

The Hilltoppers were behind early in the game when Watchung’s Ally Grunstein scored on a rebound.  Summit responded when Brynn Johnson put a shot in off a cross from Stephanie Ford.  The game played even into the second half until Summit’s Emmie McCaffery’s header went into the net in the 45th minute.

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Less than five minutes later, Grunstein broke through the Hilltopper defense, tying the game at 2-2 with 30 minutes to play.  With less than 15 minutes to play, Confalone had her own chance on a breakaway, but her shot missed the net wide right.  However, just two minutes later, the Summit striker ripped a ball from 25-yards out to give the Hilltoppers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

“I just knew that you have to step up,” Confalone said.  “We were waiting for this win. If it takes 80 minutes with our team, we have to work. If we don’t let down, one team has to break at one point. I knew if I just kept going, it would have to come sometime.”

The Hilltoppers return to action on Tuesday when they host Oak Knoll. 

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