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Pennington Scores Lone Goal in Gov. Livingston Girls Soccer 3-1 Loss to Westfield

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Credits: M. Emanuel
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ— The Gov. Livingston Varsity Girls’ Soccer Team fell short against the Westfield Blue Devils, 3-1, on Thursday at home.

The start of the game posed a battle of the midfield. Amanda Bostwick ‘16, Riley Jankowski ‘17, Hannah Pennington ‘17, and Sarah Pasquale ‘16 of GL worked to take control of the ball while Westfield fought for dominance.

At the 31 minute mark, Taylor Morgan of Westfield placed the ball into the feet of a teammate from 50 yards out, which led to a score against the Highlanders.

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Gov. Livingston worked to regain momentum behind senior defender Alice Caballero, who controlled the GL territory.

Westfield maintained their strong start as Morgan scored Westfield’s second goal with midway through the half.  Another score would put the Blue Devils over the Highlanders 3-0 before the end of the half.

Transition became a key factor in GL’s attempt to come back after halftime. The midfield began to put the pieces together, connecting with one another to provide more opportunity.

Hannah Pennington ’17 capitalized on her opportunity, scoring for the Highlanders with 22 minutes left on the clock. GL would not be able to make up for the deficit, leaving Westfield on top 3-1.

Coach Mike Roof is looking to transfer their training from practice to the field on game day to experience success throughout the rest of the season.

“We need to do what we talk about in training and implement that on the field,” Roof said, “If we don’t follow through, then we’ll be in the same situation as today.”

Next, GL (3-6) will host Union Catholic (7-2-2) in the first round of the Union County Tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m.

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