Sports

Girls Soccer: Extraordinary 1st Half Not Enough For Gov. Livingston, Highlanders Fall to Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 4-0

c17802378aa16d0b6759_IMG_6527_2.jpg
Gov. Livingston gathers during the first half in which it played nearly-perfect soccer. Credits: Matt Kipp
b18677e843bf134b293b_IMG_6526.JPG
The Highlanders line up before Thursday's game. Credits: Matt Kipp
ec1833a3be2e8ee2209e_IMG_6608_2.jpg
Caroline Peer competes with Magie Traina of Scotch Plains for a loose ball. Credits: Matt Kipp
a907ff77dc7f4df95821_IMG_6532_2.jpg
Kaylee Vreeland competes for a ball with Scotch Plains' Kylie Beirne. Credits: Matt Kipp
665149d4a47414d51d01_IMG_6523_2.jpg
Abbie Solfaro, #11, and Emily Pires, #24, during pregame warmups Thursday. Credits: Matt Kipp
4a4b6119c79c2d7d0355_IMG_6573.JPG
Claire Donfield hits a ball upfield for Gov. Livingston. Credits: Matt Kipp
e1918774be929b315c2a_IMG_6572.JPG
Credits: Matt Kipp
c17802378aa16d0b6759_IMG_6527_2.jpg

SCOTCH PLAINS — Opposing a team enamored with talent and ranked No. 36th in the country, the Gov. Livingston girls’ soccer team played a flawless first half of soccer and pushed Scotch Plains-Fanwood to its limits.

Unfortunately for the Highlanders, things were a little different in the second 40 minutes. 

Allowing four goals in a 25-minute span in the second half after shutting out Scotch Plains-Fanwood for the first 43 minutes — a task challenging for any team in the state — the Highlanders were handed a 4-0 defeat in Scotch Plains Thursday afternoon.

Sign Up for E-News

In a first half filled with high-energy and trap defense that coaxed the Raiders into numerous offsides penalties, the Highlanders matched Scotch Plains — play-for-play in the first 40 minutes and halted the team’s few scoring chances.

“By far, [the first half] was the best the team has looked all season — it wasn’t even close. That was the best 40-minute performance we’ve strung together,” said Gov. Livingston head coach Mike Roof. “They started to get mentally fatigued, and then the physical fatigue sets in around 50-to-60 minutes. Once they broke down — and it broke down quickly in the second half — that seems to be the case with a lot of teams, and that’s been the case with us also.”

The breakdown began in the sixth minute of the second half, when the Raiders’ Erika Muskus scored her first of two goals on the afternoon. The goal opened the floodgates for the Raiders, who received a goal from Danielle Mrozek four minutes later, then Muskus found the back of the net yet again before the onslaught ended with freshman Corinne Lyght connecting on the fourth and final goal of the game. 

“Once we let in, we kind of let our guard down, and you see the fatigue — mentally, physically — creep in,” said coach Roof. “After that, we were chasing the game, but it was extremely difficult for us to keep up with the pace of the game at that point.”

But Gov. Livingston more than proved it can run with a top-10 team in the state, and a team that has reigned over Union County for the entire decade-plus. For a young team like the Highlanders, Thursday’s result is just another step in the right direction and might symbolize good things to come against the more down-to-earth opponents coming up.

“I tried to tell the girls: ‘We’re not huge into moral victories.’,” Roof said. “But you’ve got to take some positives out of a bad situation. It should be proof that you can do this. You don’t just have to play 40 minutes as hard as you can versus Scotch Plains — you can do this for 80 minutes against some of the more reasonable teams that we play. It’s encouraging moving forward.”

Highlanders’ goalie Michelle Coyle was a major reason for the phenomenal first-half, as she recorded a total of seven saves and denied any Raider shot-on-goal in the opening 40 minutes. She left the game with injury later in the second half, and Sarah Foy entered the game, stopping two more shots. 

With a break in the schedule, the Lady Highlanders will look to build off the positive momentum started Thursday, the Highlanders will play host to another county power — Oak Knoll — on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Berkeley Heights

NJ Audubon: World Series of Birding

April 21, 2018

NJ Audubon: World Series of Birding
New Jersey Audubon Event at Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary

Once again the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary will field teams for the World Series of Birding, the Big Stay and the Century Run and invite you to join them for the day or collect pledges to help support the conservation, education and research goals of NJ Audubon. For more information, ...

Primrose School of Berkeley Heights Spring Fling Charity Event Set for May 19

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Primrose School of Berkeley Heights is excited to announce our Annual Spring Fling Event. Since our opening in 2014, our school has donated over $10,000 to community organizations such as the Rotary Club, the Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad and the purchasing of the immensely used Drug Awareness & Education Kit for the Berkeley Heights Police ...

Free Public Panel Will Explore Sexual Assault and Consent

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites members of the public to attend a panel discussion on sexual assault and consent on Wednesday, April 25 at 2:00 p.m. in Room N-4 at Union County College, 1033 Springfield Avenue in Cranford. The panel will feature a question and answer session.

The panel discussion is intended to raise awareness about sexual assault and consent in ...

Free Living History Event Showcases World War I Centennial

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites residents and visitors to experience battlefield life as a World War I American Salvation Army volunteer, featuring Ms. Laurie MacDonald-Gaulke, actress and storyteller, in a special free presentation of “Doughnuts for Doughboys: A Salvation Army Lassie in France.”

Doughnuts for Doughboys takes place on Tuesday, April 25 at ...

Thank You, St. Joseph's Volunteers

April 16, 2018

Thank You from St. Joseph Social Service Center

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we would like to express our gratitude to the countless volunteers that serve the poor and homeless at St. Joseph Social Service Center in Elizabeth (http://www.sjeliz.org).  Whether you make a sandwich, collect toiletries, tutor in the job program, make soup, wrap Christmas gifts, donate food, ...

New Providence Borough Council to Cultivate Relationships with County Officials

April 12, 2018

NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Councilman Robert Robinson touted the importance of personal relationships with Union County representatives at the Monday, April 9 council meeting.

Union County Freeholders Angel Estrada and Bette Jane Kowalski attended the Street Smart campaign kick-off event prior to the meeting providing the council members with the opportunity to chat face-to-face with the two ...

Chatham Township Committee Unanimously Adopts Ordinance to Ban Marijuana Retail Sales; Cannabis Advocates Disagree

April 13, 2018

CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter began the new year by pledging to oppose Gov. Phil Murphy's plan to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and Thursday night he followed through by voting to adopt an ordinance that prohibits "marijuana cultivation, production testing, manufacturing facilities and retail stores' in the township.

The Chatham Township Committee ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_11433c9e92ddbc063eae_103a27776b9f3cdaaab1_img_2579

Sat, April 21, 11:00 AM

Our Lady of Peace , New Providence

Our Lady of the Peace Church Holds Healing & ...

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Self-Care Event

Health & Wellness

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Self-Care Event

Health & Wellness

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Sheep to Shawl Festival

Other

Sun, April 22, 1:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Sheep to Shawl Festival

Education Other

Sun, April 22, 2:00 PM

New Providence Memorial Library, New Providence

Celebrate National Poetry Month @NPML

Arts & Entertainment