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Girls Soccer: Leitner Posts Fifth Straight Shutout as Scotch Plains-Fanwood Blanks GL

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Sophie Brause evades two Governor Livingston defenders on the end line. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Andrea Leitner delivers her signature drop kick from Scotch Plains' half. (photo from 9/8) Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Annie Pierce moving the ball along the left wing against Governor Livingston. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Erika Muskus beats Governor Livingston defenders to score the Raiders first goal. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Sophie Brause striking a corner kick that would lead to an assist for Annie Pierce's goal. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls soccer team posted yet another shutout on Thursday, handily defeating Governor Livingston High School 2-0 at home.

The fifth straight win is a great start for a young team that has not allowed any opponent to score.

Led by goalkeeper Andrea Leitner, the Raiders have limited every team in shots, shutting down scoring opportunities before team’s can assemble any offensive threat.

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Coach Kevin Ewing admits his team is still a “work in progress,” but credits his star-studded defense for denying opponents.

“They’re just solid, they have been all year,” Ewing said. “Caroline Babis is a very strong center back and Jackie Farenholz is excellent back there. Taylor Diggs is only a sophomore and can play anywhere on the field.”

The shutdown defense allowed the Raiders to transition the ball upfield quickly as they have done all season long.

Sophie Brause played a key role in Thursday’s victory, delivering the assists on both of the Raiders’ goals.

Erika Muskus put away a breakaway goal in the second half, while Annie Pierce volleyed a well-placed corner kick into the net, sealing the victory in the final minutes.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood moves to 5-0, and will face Westfield at Gary Kehler Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

The boys soccer team improved on their undefeated season as well, defeating Governor Livingston 3-1, and moving to 4-0 on the season. They will play home versus Westfield on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 3:00 p.m.

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