BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A pair of goals within minutes gave Gov. Livingston control early and the Highlanders went on to post a 3-0 victory over Union (6-4-1 overall) on Tuesday afternoon at Gov. Livingston. The Highlanders advance their record at 9-3 on the season.
The Highlanders pushed the tempo and took the lead just five minutes into the game as junior Lindsay DiStaso struck a shot. Senior Julia Stirpe quickly made it 2-0.
Gov. Livingston came into the game with the #2 ranking in the Union County Tournament, ranked above Westfield, who they lost,1-0, in both season match-ups.
"Knowing that we are #2 and not having to play on Saturday we came out strong -- knowing we didn't have to hold back," said Stirpe. "We got what we deserved -- we've been working hard."
Stirpe added an insurance goal in the first half to widen the lead 3-0. Isabella Bjorkeson and Caitlyn Splaine each recorded assists in the victory.
"Getting goals early is both positive, but a little negative because you have to make sure to maintain it," said Stirpe. "That can be difficult in the game, but we worked hard and worked together and stuck it out. I'm proud of the girls."
Olivia Emanuel earned her fifth shut out of the season, recording six saves.
Coach Mike Roof looks for the team to be as successful as possible and seeks consistency. "They play smart when they're confident, composed and relaxed," said Roof. "They play better when the ball is on the ground, at their feet and making decisions." Going into the tournaments, he wants the team to play disciplined, focused with composure.
The Lady Highlanders will play Scotch Plains on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 4 p.m, away at Wexler Field.