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Gov. Livingston Girls Soccer Continues Hot Start With 4-1 Win Over Arthur L. Johnson

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Senior Isabella Bjorkeson looks to get past an Arthur L. Johnson defender. Credits: Mike Romano
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Junior defender Alice Caballero fights off her opponent and boxes out the ALJ forward. Credits: Mike Romano
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Junior forward Lindsay DiStaso scored two goals for Governor Livingston which gives her five total this season. Credits: Mike Romano
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Riley Jankowski and Jacqueline Goldbeck celebrate after they combined for GL's fourth and final goal of the game. Credits: Mike Romano
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Junior Kristen Splaine controls the ball and looks to get around the defender and find her teammates downfield.  Credits: Mike Romano
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Senior Julia Stirpe scored the game-tying goal in the first half. It was her second goal in two games. Credits: Mike Romano
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Lindsay DiStaso scored her fourth and fifth goals in two games this season as Governor Livingston High School continued its hot start with a 4-1 victory over Arthur L. Johnson on Tuesday.

After a hat trick in the season opener, another 4-1 win against Elizabeth, DiStaso, a junior, added two more to her resume after the Highlanders fell behind 1-0 early in the game.

"We've definitely been slow in the start and I think that's what we need to work on," DiStaso said. "We need to come out strong and stay that way for the rest of the game."

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Arthur L. Johnson's Riley Delaney gave her team an early lead when she settled down just outside of the box and sent a left-footed strike into the far corner of the net that sailed just over GL keeper Olivia Emanuel.

But the Highlanders responded when junior Kristen Splaine found senior Julia Stirpe with a one-on-one opportunity against ALJ’s keeper and Stirpe found the net to tie the game.

DiStaso shifted gears as halftime was approaching and scored two goals within minutes of each other by getting herself downfield and winning the battle for the ball to give her a chance to take on the keeper by herself.

"Lindsay's been able to put the ball in the back of the net," head coach Mike Roof said. "She used her body a lot and she was very clean and physical. Today the difference was that she finished opportunities."

Arthur L. Johnson came on strong to start the second half and maintained possession, but they were unable to capitalize on a few scoring chances and fell apart towards the end.

The Highlanders tacked on their fourth goal towards the end of the contest when Jacqueline Goldbeck streaked downfield and attempted a sliding cross to sophomore Riley Jankowski, and the ball slipped through the keeper's hands and trickled into the net to seal ALJ's fate.

So far, GL has outscored its opponents 8-2, but coach Roof is unsatisfied with some aspects of the team's play recently.
"Right now we're too sloppy and missing our responsibilities in terms of marking men," Roof said. "Looking forward, if we don't take care of the ball better and give it away this easily, we're going to be in a lot of trouble."

The Highlanders are back in action on Thursday, Sept. 11 when they play at Union for a 4 p.m. match.

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