BERNARDSVILLE, NJ - The Governor Livingston Highlanders girls soccer season came to a tough end on Tuesday. The Highlanders were shutout in a 3-0 loss to the Bernards Mountaineers in the first round of the NJSIAA Central Group 2 playoffs.
Katelin Brito scored two goals for Bernards while Claudia Prandoni chipped in with one.
Tuesday’s loss marked the end of a season in which the Highlanders went 5-12-1.
“We experienced a difficult season and today’s game was a small microcosm of that season,” Governor Livingston head coach Mike Roof said. “Today we had a lack of success, a lack of luck, and not too many ideas of what we wanted to do offensively.”
The Mountaineers jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead over the Highlanders. The Highlanders threatened to tie the score on several occasion thanks to the combination of Emily Kiernan, Riley Jankowski and Ashley Echeverry, but couldn’t finish when needed.
The Highlanders also had much fight defensively in constantly pressuring Bernards into turnovers. They battled for possession on both sides of the field working to interfere with Bernards' momentum. GL worked hard but lacked opportunities to finish..
Bernards once again found a crack in the GL defense with about 14 minutes remaining in the first half when goalie Meera Savage came out to clear a shot that deflected to the foot of Brito who got behind Savage for her second goal.
Holding a 2-0 lead and with GL still struggling to finish in front of the net, the Mountaineers were in prime position.
The second half was much of the same for both teams but once again, the Mountaineers found just enough opening in the GL defense to score a goal with 36:39 remaining in the game.
Down 3-0, the Highlanders were in too deep of a hole to come back as their season slipped away from them.
“A lot went wrong today,” Roof said. “But you can’t fault the girls because they played very hard. But the indecisiveness on offense really hurt us today.”
One last "Hoo-rah" Cheer for Gov. Livingston girls soccer team.