EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The East Brunswick girls soccer team is headed to the sectional finals after prevailing on penalty kicks over Hunterdon Central in the Central Jersey, Group 4 semifinals on Monday afternoon.
The teams were tied, 2-2, after two overtime periods, necessitating a shootout. East Brunswick (19-2-2) outscored Hunterdon Central, 4-3, in the shootout. Hunterdon Central (11-5-2) was the defending Group 4 state champion.
Lauren Krinsky batted away Hunterdon Central's final penalty kick, while Nicole Unangst, Sabria Glasgow, Jessica DiMatteo and Izzy Martillo each scored from the spot to lead East Brunswick to a penalty kick shootout victory. Alyna Negron and Jessica DiMatteo scored first-half goals to spark the Bears to a 2-0 lead, but Hunterdon Central rallied back behind Brianna Floyd and Lillianna Gemma's second-half goals.
Second-seeded East Brunswick will play in the sectional championship game Thursday at top-seeded Freehold Township.