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VOORHEES, NJ - On Thursday afternoon, Voorhees defeated Gov. Livingston 2-1 in Berkeley Heights. Senior Ethan Saia scored the Highlanders lone goal in the defeat.
Within the first five minutes of the game Voorhees capitalized off a free kick getting past senior Andre Perez-Santalla. The rest of the first half gave opportunities to each team. However, neither team could capitalize.
Gov. Livingston head coach Bruno Somma must have gotten the team fired up at half time because the Highlanders had numerous chances but could not find the back of the net.
That was until a cross found Saia on the back side to equalize the score at one. However, Voorhees was able to strike back just 10 minutes later to put the Vikings up 2-1.
The turning point of the game occurred with about 15 minutes to go when junior Justin Ladzinski got his second yellow card of the game which put the Highlanders at a severe disadvantage as they were down a man.
Multiple chances followed for the Highlanders, however, none were converted. Perez-Santalla had 8 saves in the defeat. Dealing with a leg injury, he came up big multiple times for the Highlanders.
After the game, Perez-Santalla commented on his team’s heart and ability to fight through adversity by saying, “This team never got down on themselves. Even when we were down, we knew the game was never over until the final whistle.”
While the Highlanders season is officially over, Voorhees advances to the sectional semifinal where they will face the No. 1 seed Holmdel.