SUMMIT, NJ - It was a fabulous Friday for Summit High School sports, with wins posted by the Boys Varsity Soccer, Varsity Field Hockey and Girls Varsity Volleyball.
Boys Soccer Unbeaten in Three Matches After Downing Plainfield
Junior defender Theo Hodges got the Maroon and White off to a dream start, scoring off a free kick in the second minute, and the Summit Boys Varsity Soccer Team defeated Plainfield 3-1 at Tatlock Park. The victory improves the Hilltoppers' record to 4-2-1 on the season.
After a Plainfield foul outside the penalty area in the left center of the pitch, Hodges stepped up and fired a 20-yarder over the wall and into the lower left hand corner of the goal. It was 2-0 in the 21st minute when a through ball sent Owen Healey into the area where he was barged over by a Plainfield defender. The referee pointed to the spot and Healy calmly slotted the ensuing PK, also in the lower left corner.
Summit was fortunate to take the 2-0 lead to halftime, as they surrendered the majority of possession and Plainfield doubled the number of home team shots directed at goal.
Nonetheless, Summit went up 3-0 in the second half when the ball was squared to Luke Rustum in the six yard-box, the junior collected the bobbling ball and blasted home from close range with his right foot. Shouts of hand ball from Plainfield were waived off by the referee, and the match looked done and dusted.
The Cardinals, however, had other ideas, scoring later in the half through Eduardo Rodriguez and then pinning Summit back for the final 10 minutes to create a more nervy than it should have been finish.
Jake Maslin ended the match with three saves for Summit.
Summit next enters a difficult three-match stretch, facing Union County juggernaut Westfield followed by a home and home series versus Scotch Plains-Fanwood. The match with the Blue Devils is set for September 25 at Tatlock Park, and kicks off at 4 p.m.
Field Hockey Wins High-Scoring, OT Thriller
Senior Anna Huntley-Robertson had a goal and an assist as the Summit Girls Varsity Field Hockey Team defeated South Plainfield 6-5 in overtime.
Marykate Davidson, Sara Ma, Mimi Robertson, Bella Avelino and Ciara Lawlor all had a goal for the Hilltoppers, while goalie Caroline Sanyour made four stops for the Maroon and White, who improved to 2-3-1 on the campaign.
Summit is back in action September 22 at Ridge.
Volleyball Wins, Tennis Falls
The Summit High School Girls Varsity Volleyball Team improved to 3-4 on the season by sweeping Cranford at the Main Gym 25-21, 25-22. The Hilltoppers will remain at home, next taking on New Providence September 25 at 5:30 p.m.
The Girls Varsity Tennis Team saw its record dip to 3-3 on the season after a 4-1 defeat at Westfield. Summit will next face Montville at Memorial Park September 24 at 4 p.m.