CRANFORD - Two first-half goals and another in the second powered Cranford boys soccer to a 3-2 victory over New Providence on Thursday.
Ryan Dooley got the Cougars on the board in the 13th minute with a left boot from roughly 30-yards out. Senior captain Colin Farley followed with a lefty goal of his own off a turnover in the 36th minute to send Cranford into halftime up 2-0.
"There was a miscommunication between the center back and the goalie," said Farley on his goal. "The center back was waiting for the goalie to come out and the goalie was waiting for the center back to pass it back. I just took it and put it in."
Tim O'Donovan extended Cranford lead to 3-0 five minutes into the second-half, but then things got dicey. Two minutes later, a foul in the box granted New Providence's Dylan Paniagua a penalty kick which he drilled past Cranford's goalie Dominic Savinelli, and five minutes following, Paniagua found the back of the net again to edge the score to 3-2.
"We went up 2-0 and came out complacent," added Farley. "We were able to get it back in the second half of the second-half, but the first half of the second-half was pretty scary."
With the victory, Cranford remains undefeated (2-0-1) and already has half its win total from last season (4-13-2). Farley says the key to this year's improvements has been the determination.
"We've got a stronger squad that definitely wants it a lot more," said Farley. "Last year, we were playing against some of the best teams in the state and we just didn't have it and lost determination. This year, every single person on the team wants it 100%."
The boys return to action at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Oratory Prep.
A Kirsten Williams header off a Meghan Normann corner kick in the 57th minute was the decider as Cranford defeat Westfield, 1-0, on Thursday.
Amanda Vath notched the shutout with four saves.
The girls improve to 2-1 and return to action at 6 p.m. on Tuesday for Senior Night against Governor Livingston.