Gov. Livingston Girls Soccer Team Cruises to 3-1 Win over Cranford

Julia Stirpe controlling the ball against Cranford. Credits: Mike Emanuel
Riley Jankowski goal for the 3-1 victory against Cranford. Credits: Mike Emanuel
Olivia Emanuel and the Gov. Livingston defense shut down Cranford. Credits: Mike Emanuel

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Gov. Livingston's girls soccer team entertained a pulsing "White Out" crowd at Snyder Avenue Park Thursday night with a dominating 3-1 victory over rival Cranford.

Within the first minutes of play, the Lady Highlanders took the early lead when senior Isabella Bjorkeson drove the ball in and connected to junior Lindsay DiStaso, who shot from 15 yards out. 

The Lady Highlanders continued to dominate the offensive with sophomore Riley Jankowski working the ball to DiStaso crossing to senior Julia Stirpe for the "perfect" header goal.

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"I thought we controlled the game from the onset and set a tone. We played attractive soccer throughout the first half and rarely gave them a sniff at goal. If we were more clinical before the break we probably could have killed the game off at the half," said coach Mike Roof.

Cranford came into the second half with an offensive spurt when Julia Madsen found the hole scoring Cranford's lone goal.

GL maintained control playing a physical game. After a foul on Cranford, Stirpe took the free kick which was blocked by goalie Dana Acocella. Both Caitlin Splaine and Jankowski attacked the rebound and Jankowski kicked it in.   

Goalie Olivia Emanuel along with the GL defense denied Cranford of further shooting opportunities.

"They pulled one back early in the second half and we sustained some attacks from them but we still created chances and eventually got a third when Riley Jankowski followed up a ball that their goalie spilled. I don't think we were overly threatened from that point on," said Roof.

The Lady Highlanders will play at Gov. Livingston in the quarter final round of the Union County Tournament facing Arthur L. Johnson on Saturday at 11 a.m. 

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