BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Junior forward Abigail McCrea scored with 3:29 left in the first overtime to give the Ridge girls soccer team a 1-0 victory over Watchung Hills on Tuesday.
The victory comes 10 months after Watchung Hills knocked Ridge out of the Section 2, Group 4 state tournament in the second round in another overtime game.
"Watchung Hills is never an easy opponent, and we've developed a rivalry with them the last few years," said Ridge head coach Katie Donahue.
Heather Cortese had the assists on McCrea's goal, a shot into the upper right corner of the net.
"Abby got it into the final third and she cut back and put (the shot) right on frame," Donahue said. "It was a fantastically placed ball that any keeper would have had trouble stopping."
After a first half mostly devoid of offensive opportunities for either side, Ridge's ball movement showed marked improvement in the second half, according to Donahue. In fact, Ridge (3-1) appeared to break the scoreless tie with a second-half goal, but the play was waved off on an offsides call.
"Our back line and our goalie, Olivia Pikiell, didn't get a break the whole game. They played all 90-whatever minutes," Donahue said. "Our two center backs, Gabby Allen and Cammie Wylie, worked together really well to communicate coverage."
In addition to Meaghan McEnroe and Sammi Powers on the right and left sides, respectively, in the back, Donahue also praised the efforts of newly converted goalie Pikiell, who's still adapting to guarding the net. She saved all five shots she faced on Tuesday.
"Olivia is a fantastic lacrosse player, and we're trying to teach her the goalie position," Donahue said. "She has great instincts that you just can't teach."
Ridge's next game will be against formidable Hunterdon Central at home Saturday at noon.
"Their transition attack will test us," Donahue said of Hunterdon Central. "It will be nice to get a few days to recover before that game and to prepare for them."