BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston girls soccer can't catch a break in their fierce opening week schedule -- wrapping up against the highly competitive No. 8 state ranked Scotch Plains-Fanwood teamThursday afternoon. The Raiders took on the Lady Highlanders and dominated the field, which led to their 7-0 victory. 

The game started off with high intensity at a very fast pace. Around the five minutes mark, the Raiders struck first with a goal by junior Erica Muskus. The goal came off of a two on zero breakaway, a result of miscommunication by the Highlander defense. 

The Raiders used their high speed and talent to sneak behind the Highlander defense and capitalized on their breakaways with six goals that followed the likes of their first.

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Prior to the game, Coach Roof changed up his team's formation in hopes of a better outcome. “If it was a team other than Scotch Plains, I think we would have had some more success, but with so many talented kids on their team, regardless of the formation, it will always be difficult to have a lot of success against them."

Roof was looking for his team to play "significantly harder" than the efforts he saw during their recent 4-1 loss to Summit -- "which we clearly did." 

"We’re in a little bit of a learning situation which is fine as long as we don’t quit," said Roof. "As long as we compete, I won’t have any issues with these girls and they did that today.”

The Highlanders will continue to make adjustments and bring the same competitive level they had against the Raiders to their next game at home at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 against Morris Knolls (0-2-1).