October 3, 2013 at 11:32 PM
EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ – The East Brunswick boys soccer team is undefeated no more. Backed by two goals from Alex Morgan, Westfield defeated the Bears, 3-1, on Thursday.
Morgan came off the bench to score in the 29th and 78th minute, as the Blue Devils improve to 6-3, dropping the Bears to 10-1.
“The undefeated record on their side was a little bit of motivation for us going into it,” Westfield head coach Eric Shaw said. “We knew we had something to prove losing two games in the last week. We know we’re a good side. I think we proved it to ourselves that we can play this game.”
East Brunswick controlled the pace of the match throughout the first half until Morgan entered. The senior immediately made his presence felt, scoring on his first offensive opportunity after volleying the ball around the Bear defense.
Despite not starting the game, Morgan said his role doesn’t matter as long as the team wins.
“I’m doing what’s best for the team,” Morgan said. “If I come on and I can score, that’s what I got to do. If I don’t start, then I don’t start. I’m just playing to help my team out and get the ‘W.’”
After taking the lead, momentum shifted into the Blue Devils favor. Instead of holding back and letting East Brunswick control the tempo, Westfield pressured the back line throughout the rest of the game.
The Blue Devils added to their lead in the 52nd minute when Morgan found Mate Landeka open in the box. Landeka’s shot hit off the hands of Bear goalkeeper Dennis Kotenko before deflecting into the goal.
East Brunswick’s Alex Mora cut the deficit in half with five minutes to play.
Aided by Morgan’s second goal of the game, Westfield’s defensive unit sealed the final five minutes, ending East Brunswick’s hope of a perfect season.
“We have to refocus,” East Brunswick head coach Terry McKibbin said. “This was a good game to test us. We know we can’t make silly mistakes like we did today. The next game is a division game and that’s the first trophy you want to win, and we’re still in good shape there.”
The Bears host St. Joseph’s (Metuchen) on Saturday at 2 p.m., while Westfield has a week to prepare for a trip to Linden next Thursday.