WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School girls soccer Mountaineers fell 5-1 to the Livingston Lancers September 23 at Lincoln field in West Orange.
Utilizing a slightly different style of soccer than normal, the Mountaineers played a 4-5-1 formation as opposed to a 3-4-3 or 4-4-2 in order to utilize one striker and play a more defensive game against a strong Livingston team.
The Livingston offense showed its' strength in the earlier part of the first half with two goals, one coming from sophmore Allie Beinhacker and the second from freshman Megan Leffler. The Mountaineers responded with a goal coming from the team's leading goal scorer and senior captain Dana Catanzarite and assisted by junior Jenelle Gerald. However, before the end of the first half Livingston's Beinhacker tacked on another goal.
The second half favored the Lancers who went on to put three more balls in the back of the net, by senior Erica Dippold, senior Jordy Bonvini and freshman Abby Kuznick.
“Our goal is to improve every game,” said Livingston's head coach Paul Raiz. Livingston is a young team, graduating eight seniors last year. More than half of the Lancers are new to playing at the varsity level, but with great senior leadership the younger players have stepped up. “We had to play well, West Orange is an aggressive and always talented team,” added Raiz, who's team improved to 4-1 on the season.
“They (Livingston) had a very difficult first half with us,” said WOGS head coach Lou Mignone. “They were able to open in up a little bit, but I think we did fairly well possessing the ball.” With five starters sidelined due to injury and illness and a new style of play the girls have had to make their share of adjustments. “The girls are playing good soccer right now, but we're up against stiff competition in the American division,” added Mignone.
“As long as we play as a unit and stay positive we will continue to improve. We put up an amazing fight against a great team like Livingston,” said captain Dana Catanzarite.
The loss drops the mountaineers to a 2-5 record on the season and travel to Millburn to face the Millers on Wednesday September 25 at 4 P.M.