BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Governor Livingston Highlanders Varsity Girls’ Soccer team fought hard against the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders this Tuesday, but fell to their Union County rivals 2-0. GL fared much better this time than the first time they faced the Raiders this season—they lost that game 4-0. Their improvement was especially notable given that it rained for the duration of the game, making GL’s turf field incredibly slick. As Governor Livingston Head Coach Mike Roof put it, “Against a team of that caliber and size, it’s always going to be a difficult game.”
The score was 0-0 for the entire first half. GL’s goalie, senior Casey Krause, made 10 saves, while Scotch-Plains goalkeeper Taylor Sebalo didn’t touch the ball. Krause and defenders Alyssa Cranston, Alice Caballero, Samantha Davey, and Georgia Pardales blocked numerous would-be shots by the Raiders’ offense. “The first half we played well and hung in there, but the second half I think the [GL] girls really started to play a lot better,” said Roof.
In the second half, Scotch-Plains scored twice, with both goals occurring right after corner kicks taken by Scotch Plains’ Kathryn Cunningham. Both goals were scored by Raiders’ forward Julie Glover. The first goal came fifteen minutes into the second half, and the second goal with only two minutes remaining in the game. However, Krause made 7 saves.
The Highlanders were much more effective in moving the ball up the field in the second half, with help from midfielders Isabella Bjorkeson, Haley Clark, Lauryn DiStaso, Lauren Jankowski, and Jenny Pires. GL forwards Lindsay DiStaso, Jenn French, Michelle Reedy, and Julia Stirpe forced keeper Sebalo to make 7 saves, but couldn’t quite break through the Raiders’ defense. GL junior Hannah Uray told TheAlternativePress.com, “I wish we’d had a better result today, but I was happy that we played better than we did against the Raiders last time.”