LIVINGSTON, NJ — After a two-week layoff, the Livingston girls soccer team resumed play with the stakes high on Wednesday.

The Lancers defeated Bayonne, 4-0, in the quarterfinal round of the North East E tournament after spending the last two weeks along with the rest of the Livingston athletic teams in COVID quarantine.

Senior forward Lauren Belcuore scored three goals and assisted on a goal by Katherine Riccardi as Livingston (8-1-1) scored all its goals in the second half.

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"We came out pretty strong in the first half and were able to create several solid chances but our finishing wasn’t quite the level were used to," Livingston head coach Brian Carr said. "At half, the girls identified a couple of areas that they could improve on. They did those things and found success."

Jadyn Liebman contributed assists on two of Belcuore's goals, and Ceci Freschi also assisted on a goal. Livingston spent most of the game on the attack, outshooting Bayonne, 18-2. Gianna Healy and Samantha Lichtenstein each made one save for the Lancers.

"Bayonne (8-2) is a team that has had a great season heading into states. They had a great result against Columbia, and we knew they had talented players," Carr said. "We’ve been off for two weeks, so our girls were excited to get back into the rhythm of the season."

A traditional rival awaits now, as Livingston will host West Orange in the sectional semifinals on Friday. Livingston defeated West Orange, 1-0, early in the season.

"Our players were in a difficult spot heading into this game, but handles really it well," Carr said. "We're proud of the performance and look forward to the next round."

This story was originally published by TAPinto Livingston.

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