SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Trailing by two goals with time winding down in the second half, the Union Catholic girls soccer team needed to mount a furious rally to stave off elimination in its Union County Tournament matchup vs. Elizabeth on Saturday.
And the Vikings responded to the challenge by digging down deep and exploding for three goals in the final 30 minutes to pull off a stunning and dramatic 3-2 victory.
Freshman Alexandra Bonn got the Vikings on the board first when she scored on a header, and then Christina Layden tied the game off a mini breakaway. With 12 minutes left in the game, Madison McCoy beat the Elizabeth goalie on a 50-50 through ball to score the game-winner for Union Catholic. McCoy also had two assists in the game.
Union Catholic, which has now won five straight games and seven of its last eight to improve their record to 8-4 on the season, will now clash with top-seeded Cranford in the second round of the county tournament. But before that showdown, UC will play Elizabeth again on Monday at 4 p.m. in Elizabeth,