NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- The Westfield girls soccer team defeated New Providence, 4-1, on Tuesday at Lieder Field.
Blue Devil forward Hannah Liddy scored twice, leading Westfield to its seventh victory of the season.
“Despite the score, New Providence played a very good game,” Pioneer head coach Scott Murphy said. “We played hard and together. There were many positives we can build on from this game.”
Liddy opened the game with a score four minutes into the first half. Less than five minutes later, Westfield striker Jenna Helfand poked the ball into the back of the net to give the Blue Devils a 2-0 lead.
Midway through the first half, Liddy scored her second strike of the game, giving Westfield a 3-0 lead.
After coming up empty in the first half, New Providence broke the shutout with 15 minutes to play when the Pioneers drew a free kick after a Westfield hand ball.
New Providence defender Megan Mahlstadt lofted the ball into the penalty box where center midfielder Maggie Roughley finished it off with a well aimed, jumping header to score the Pioneers’ first and only goal of the game.
Lily Defelice extended the Blue Devil lead back to three goals on a simple pass into the net off a square ball later in the match, as the Blue Devils improve to 7-2 on the season.
With the defeat, the Pioneers drop to 3-5.
New Providence captain Casey Trezza said she was happy with the way her team fought against the Blue Devils.
“Westfield is a really tough team, but we held our own and never gave up,” she said. “The result doesn’t tell the whole story. We are just looking to continue to improve game after game.”
New Providence hopes to rebound from the defeat on Thursday when the Pioneers visit Summit. The Blue Devils host East Brunswick on Thursday at Kehler Stadium. Both matches start at 4 p.m.