BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Highlander girls soccer suffered a tough 4-1 loss against Summit in home opener on Tuesday. Gov. Livingston's 0-2 record forces head coach, Mike Roof, to reevaluate.
Walking onto their home turf, the Highlanders knew this game was going to be challenging due to the loss of twelve seniors. Gov. Livingston immediately got off to a rocky start, giving up an easy breakaway and allowing the Hilltoppers to strike first. This quick momentum shift, combined with a series of perceived missed calls, caused Highlander frustrations to intensify.
Despite the Hilltopper early goal, the first half was a stalemate, with both teams unable to execute offensively. It wasn't until the end of the first half that Summit was able to score again against Gov. Livingston's defense. The Hilltoppers continued to dominate after halftime, tacking on another two goals to the scoreboard. Within the final minutes of the match, sophomore striker Catalina Abusada scored GL's lone goal, closing out the game with a 4-1 loss.
Although this was a disappointing loss for the Highlander squad, Coach Roof is determined to make the necessary adjustments to get the team back on track. "There are going to be some changes that need to take place," said Roof. "I plan on making them these next few days."
Junior defensive back Stacey Berliner reflected on what aspects the team needs to improve on. "I think we need to work more cohesively as a team," said Berliner. "As long as we play hard and transfer the skills we learn in practice into the games, I think we can leave these first couple games behind us."
Despite the Hilltoppers' impressive victory against the Highlanders, Summit head coach, Gary Healy, commended Roof and Gov. Livingston's hard-fought battle. "Roof knows what he is doing," said Healy. "We knew this game wasn't going to be easy, and it wasn't."
The Highlanders return to their home field, in hopes of improving their record, this Thursday at 4 pm to face Scotch-Plains Fanwood (1-0-1), who is coming off a scoreless tie to Westfield.