Hanover Park Girls Soccer Comes From Behind to Claim Victory over Caldwell in First Round

Credits: Lisa Mita, Lisa Mita Photography
Credits: Lisa Mita, Lisa Mita Photography
Credits: Lisa Mita, Lisa Mita Photography

EAST HANOVER, NJ- Hanover Park scored two goals in less than two minutes in their 2-1 comeback victory over rival Caldwell on Tuesday.

Caldwell came out on fire and twice had shots thump off the crossbar in the opening two minutes of the game. The Hornets were kept under major pressure, and it was Caldwell who drew first blood on a great individual move by Leanne Rebimas. The Hornets found themselves down 1-0 with 20 minutes left in the first half.

Hanover Park started quickly in the second half, putting pressure on the Chief’s defense and forced Caldwell's goaltender Phoebe Bledsoe into an impressive save on a 25yd rocket from junior Gabby Barquin. Hanover Park, 9-8-3, turned to their talismans sophomore Alyssa Viegas and Barquin. The young pair again showed their quality with Hanover Park’s tying goal that came with only 21:30 remaining in the game. Viegas gathered in a pass from Barquin and scored her 11th goal of the season while Barquin added another assist to her growing tally. Viegas then set-up freshman Aryana Galioto who found the back of the net to put the Hornets ahead 2-1 with 20 minutes left to play.

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Hanover Park's head coach Erin Shane new her team “dodged a bullet and was lucky not to be two goals down early”, but even when Caldwell went ahead she felt her team was “finding its stride late in the first half as their ball possession and control was starting to click.”

Hanover Park welcome back senior Jackie Larsen who had missed the last few games due to an injury, but in her absence coach Shane and her assistants made an important change, moving Galioto forward from defense. This helped spark the team to four wins in the last five games, scoring 13 goals in the process.

Goalkeeper Chrissy Cosenzo continued her excellent run of form and recorded seven saves on the night, including a stop with less than two minutes left. The five Hornet's seniors, Larsen, Hoberman, Genoese, Lehman and Maffucci get to continue their season with a second round game on Friday November 4th.

Hanover Park boys soccer battled Science Park the second seed in their Group 2 contest. The lads came out on the short end of a 3-2 loss ending their season at 7-8. Hanover Park’s 19 seniors made a great late season run led by goalie Charlie Polk and forwards Jack Camporeal and Tristin Barquin who fired one more between the sticks in the loss. The boys showed great school spirit as a number of them came out in support of the girls in their first round game at Caldwell.

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