SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ – Elizabeth girls varsity soccer team lost to the Scotch Plains-Fanwood team by a score of 5-0 in the Union County Tournament (UCT) Quarterfinal Round on Saturday at Wexler Field.

The Raiders scored early and often. Getting the scoring started was Kerry McNeely, a junior, who scored six minutes into the game. Juniors Taylor Diggs and Danielle Mrozek both added first half goals for Scotch Plains in the final eight minutes of the half.

SP-F continued the scoring trend in the second half. Eight minutes in, Gina Fahrenholz found the back of the net, and Christina Rodgers closed the day’s scoring with her 21st minute goal.

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“I think the team as a whole knew Elizabeth was going to play a very defensive game,” said Coach Kevin Ewing. “We told the kids not to get frustrated with it and just to be positive, and we stayed positive, so I think as a team we did very well.”

The score allowed the Raiders to use some of their bench in the second half. SP-F had not allowed a shot on goal or received a save until late in the second half, when Maya Kessler notched the Raiders’ lone save of the day.

With the win, the Raiders have advanced to the UCT Semifinal Round, which will be played next Friday, Oct. 21, against Cranford, under the lights at ALJ (Clark) High School at 5:30 p.m.