CHATHAM, NJ - While its season is still in the early stages, the Governor Livingston girls soccer team made a statement with its 4-0 road victory over Oak Knoll on Monday afternoon in Chatham.
"It was the most complete game we've played so far this year," said Gov. Livingston head coach Mike Roof. "It was one of our biggest tests and we responded."
With the victory, the Lady Highlanders improved to 3-1 and have now won three straight since a season-opening 3-2 loss at Kent Place on Sept. 7.
Gov. Livingston was 0-4-1 against Oak Knoll since it last defeated the Summit-based school on Sept. 30, 2014 when it registered a 2-0 victory.
The game, played at the Oak Knoll Athletic Fields Complex, saw Gov. Livingston take a 1-0 lead when Kaylee Vreeland converted a feed from Allie Post at the 15 minute mark.
That score remained until halftime but the Lady Highlanders would come out in the second half and deposit three more goals in a 14-minute span.
Junior Caitlin Colendenski got the scoring started after the break when she booted in a shot off a rebound that caromed off the goalie. That was followed up by a goal from Allie Sciacchitano off an assist from Post.
Post then entered the scoring column when she scored off a pass from Catalina Abusada midway through the half.
The Gov. Livingston defense took care of the rest with goalie Vicky Lama posting her first shutout with a six-save effort.
Post, a freshman, now has four goals and three assists on the year while Vreeland, a sophomore, leads the offense with five goals and two assists.
Sciacchitano, a junior, has totaled four goals and three assists with senior Emily Pires adding three goals.
"We're young having lost about 12 seniors to graduation," began Roof, now in his 16th season at the helm. "But we're starting about three freshmen and getting everyone involved.
"We had a tough loss to open the season to Kent Place - which I like to think was an aberration - but they've responded well since then."
Gov. Livingston earned its first victory of the season on Sept. 13 when it defeated Linden, 6-1, at home. Pires had the hat trick in that decision with Sciacchitano adding a goal and two assists.
This past Saturday, the Lady Highlanders blanked Dayton in Springfield, 6-0. Post connected for three goals with Vreeland adding two goals and two assists. Junior Sarah Foy stopped the only shot she faced to earn the shutout.
Gov. Livingston is scheduled to play at New Providence on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m. before returning home to face Dayton again on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 12 p.m.
"New Providence is a big game because its against a conference opponent that we're seeing for the first time," said Roof. "Right now we just want to keep going out there and playing hard and getting good results."