BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – There are 11 seniors on the Governor Livingston girl’s soccer team, and they were sent off with a bang on Tuesday night in a 5-1 win over New Providence.
GL grabbed the lead halfway through the first half off a Sami Erickson goal courtesy of a cross from the right side by Ashley Echeverry. Three minutes later, Claire Donfield brought the ball up the left sideline and crossed it to freshman Kaylee Vreeland, who dribbled the ball past the goalie and into the goal to give GL the 2-0 lead.
New Providence was able to cut the deficit to one on a free kick from outside the 18-yard box. The free kick turned into a shot that GL goalie Michelle Coyle bobbled and then lost control of at the six, and the Pioneers were able to get it past her.
The Pioneers weren’t able to keep the score close for long, though. GL reclaimed a 2-goal lead when Erickson took a shot from the top of the 18. The shot arched over New Providence goalie Erin Lamanna’s head at the goal line, and into the back of the net.
Coming out of halftime with a 3-1 lead, GL didn’t hold back on offense. Vreeland tacked on two more goals for the hat-trick to give the Highlanders the 5-1 lead they would finish with. Allie Sciaccitano recorded an assist. GL kept Lamanna busy in the New Providence goal the whole game, outshooting the Pioneers 14-5; Lamanna finished the game with nine saves.
This was the third meeting between the two teams this season, with GL getting the edge over the Pioneers with two wins and one loss, including a 3-1 win in the Union County Tournament.
The seniors were honored before the game on the field with their parents, and head coach Mike Roof put them all in as starters for the first 15 minutes of the game. The girl’s soccer class of 2018 consists of: Sarah Bachert, Laura Bacino, Stacey Berliner, Ava Delargy, Michelle Coyle, Caroline Peer, Sara Polizzi, Anna Pasquale, Veronica Vitollo, Maggie Zecca and Ashley Echeverry.
Game highlights video credits:Dan Delargy
GL’s next game is Thursday, October 19 at Summit at 4 p.m.