CRANFORD - This past Saturday in Cranford's 15-0 victory over Parsippany Hills, junior Alyssa Gesslein scored the 100th goal of her varsity career.
"It feels like a great accomplishment and I'm really proud of myself," said Gesslein. "I think I've worked really hard the past few years to get it so it just feels really great."
Gesslein has been on the varsity team since freshman year and her head coach, Samantha Berk, has nothing but compliments of her.
"She's a really smart player," said Berk. "She knows the game, has a really good game-sense, and she's that reliable player that I know will cut to the ball, work hard for the ball, and get the really critical shots."
On Thursday, another milestrone was reached as senior goalie Anna Horne recorded her 800th career save in a 16-10 loss to Pequannock.
"I moved up to varsity my freshman year and I started off slow," said Horne. "I was younger and it's hard being 14 and you're having 17 and 18 year olds shooting on you. Throughout the years with the support of my teammates, coach Berk, and working really hard, I think it allowed me to progress."
Coach Berk mentioned how special it's been to have the same goalie in net for four years.
"Not a lot of goalies get 800 saves because they typically aren't in goal long enough," said Berk. "She comes up with so many amazing saves. She sees the ball really well and I think another thing is that she is a lefty and a lot of girls are use to shooting on the opposite side of the goal so she definitely presents a challenge to them."
Earlier in the season, junior Grace Power recorded her 100th career goal.
With the regular season wrapped up, the Cougars will learn their state tournament fate on Friday when the tournament seeds get released. Last season, Cranford lost to West Windsor-Plainsboro North, 19-9, in the first round of the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 tournament.
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