CRANFORD - It took over 70 minutes to get on the board but one was all that was needed.
Jameson Chang scored the game-winning goal to give Cranford a 1-0 victory over South Plainfield on Tuesday at Memorial Field. The win gives the Cougars back-to-back shutouts (1-0 win over Rahway on Monday).
Chang's goal came in the 71st minute when Connor Blazek crossed Tim O'Donovan who sent a header on goal but it was saved by a diving Bryan Cruz (South Plainfield goalie). The ball deflected off of Cruz and Chang was there to clean things up.
Chang, who played nearly the whole game, mentioned the urgency to score as he was starting to feel a pain in his calf.
"I felt a little pull in my right calf so I just tried to go for everything I could to see if one could get lucky," said Chang. "I like to run up and watch the play build up and see if one tricks off so I can pick it up and put it in the back of the net."
Though the offense created chances, it was the strong defensive play that carried the Cougars. Cranford goalie Andrew Iacovano, listed as a goalkeeper to watch in North 2 by NJ.com, recorded six saves. Center backs Drew Goldfeder and Colin Farley were who Iacovano mentioned dictate the success of the defense.
"We've worked a lot better with communication as to like passing it back," said Iacovano. "Getting in those tough situations where they're on their back foot, we've had mistakes like that in the past and we've improved since then."
Iacovano split time in goal with senior goalie Gavin Kellett last year, but this will be his first full season as a starter.
The Cougars will next play on Thursday at 4 p.m. when they travel to Summit.
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