BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Gov. Livingston boys soccer team was defeated by Jonathan Dayton, 3-2, as the rain poured down on Senior Night at Snyder Field in Berkeley Heights to wrap up regular season play last week.
The seniors had reason to go into senior night with high expectations coming off the 2-1 thriller against Cranford that clinched the Mountain Conference title for the Highlanders. The rain didn't dampen the spirit of their adoring fans turning out with posters and balloons to cheer on the team.
The 11 seniors were celebrated with a ceremony prior to the start of the game with their families. The pouring rain forced the celebration to take place under canopies set up on the sidelines. The 11 seniors honored: Thomas Abusada, Andrew Aguilera, Tim Branthover, Zach Goldman, Nick Grimes, Michael Helal, Eli Manganiello, Rory McQuillan, Kian Monaghan, Nikos Mouchtaris, and Killian Quinn.
Although senior night expectations were soaring high, the (12-7-1) Bulldogs had different plans. With a late in the game call, Anthony Nagy scored his team-leading 24th season goal to lead Dayton to a 3-2 victory.
Mason Boenning and Doug Ladzinski scored a goal apiece for Gov. Livingston. Andre Perez Santalla recorded six saves. With this loss, GL finishes regular season with a 9-8 record, 6-2 in conference play.
GL (11 seed) will play rivaling New Providence (6 seed) in the first round of the NJSIAA Central Group 2 playoffs on Monday, Oc. 31 at 4 p.m. in New Providence.