CRANFORD - For the first time in a decade, the Cranford High School girls soccer program hoisted the Union County Tournament trophy.
Cranford and Westfield were crowed co-champions after they battled to a 2-2 tie in the final round of the Union County Tournament on Friday night at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark.
Kirsten Williams got Cranford on the board just three minutes in when she connected on a header off a Maggie Murray cross. Laurel Teel would make it 2-0 seven minutes later as Cranford looked to be hitting on all cylinders. But Westfield never stopped battling in what became a tale of two halves.
Faith Dobosiewicz swung the momentum to the Blue Devils less than three minutes into the second-half when she drilled a 30-yard strike over the head of Cranford goalie Amanda Vath. Midway through the half, Julia Weinstein snuck another past Vath to even things up 2-2.
Following two scoreless 10-minute overtimes, Cranford and Westfield were declared co-champions.
"This is the first time in a decade that we've won a County Championship whether it's outright or shared," said Cranford head coach Andrew Gagliardo. "I think for that, we should be super proud and super excited. We've been talking about this as a goal of ours since mid-June when we started workouts and for us to come out here and battle and keep fighting and not put our heads down and its tied 2-2, I think it's a fantastic achievement not only for the team but the whole program."
The Cougars will be back at it on Monday when they take on Warren Hills in the first round of the North Jersey Section 2, Group 3 tournament at 3 p.m. Cranford is the two-seed and Warren Hills is the 15-seed.
CRANFORD JUNIOR VARSITY
Meghan Normann and Keely Patterson each scored a goal as Cranford defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood 2-0 for the Union County Junior Varsity Championship.
"It was a complete battle by every single teammate from the bench to the field to every single girl that was brought up this season," said Cranford JV head coach Kerry Yorkanis.