LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston girls soccer team will take an undefeated record into its rivalry game against West Orange on Tuesday in Livingston.
The Lancers are 3-0-1, most recently defeating Mount St. Dominic, 2-1, last Wednesday. Lauren Belcuore and Kylie Prendergast scored the goals, with Belcuore assisting on Prendergast's goal.
Belcuore, a senior forward, came into the abbreviated 2020 season after a stellar junior campaign in which she scored 23 goals and compiled 13 assists. Belcuore, who also plays basketball, is off to a strong start in 2020, with five goals and one assist in the Lancers' first four games.
Livingston opened the season with a 4-2 victory over Nutley on Oct. 2, which was three four weeks later than the season normally would have started as schools around the state were given extra time to adjust to all the COVID-19 protocols before getting back on the field.
Livingston defeated Glen Ridge, 3-2, and tied West Essex, 2-2, before taking on Mount St. Dominic.
"Everything is going well," said Livingston girls soccer coach Brian Carr. "All of our games have been competitive games so far, which has been good. We are still trying to return to full health. Senior captain (defender) Alexis Scherago and sophomore center midfield Katie Riccardi have been out with injuries. Alexis is nearing full fitness but Katie still needs some time."
Livingston's rivalry with West Orange has been intense in recent seasons. The Mountaineers won the Essex County Tournament in 2018 and defeated Livingston in the Section 2, Group 4 championship game. Then, last year, Livingston advanced to the ECT final before losing in overtime to Montclair.
"We have a really big game tomorrow against West Orange," said Carr. "It's a game we are excited to play. West Orange is a great program that has had some major accomplishments over the last several years. Sean Devore, their coach has done an excellent job growing the program and changing their mindset. If this game is anything like the past several, it should be a good battle between two strong teams."
The game takes on added meaning since there will not be an Essex County Tournament in 2020. The tournament was canceled because of the late start and condensed nature of the season.
Other girls sports at Livingston High School are also back in action this fall. The Lancers' tennis team is 4-1, losing only to state power Millburn. In Livingston's most recent tennis victory over Glen Ridge, Emily Sze, Selena Zhu, Rebecca Liu and Lindsay Bisk all won their singles matches (four singles matches, rather than three, were contested that day). Alexandra Vaysman and Rachel Friedman, and Kylie Gorsky and Elaine Chang were winners at first and second doubles, respectively.
Also in action among girls' sports at Livingston is the field hockey team, which is still seeking its first victory.
Two girls' sports that normally take place in the fall, gymnastics and volleyball, have been postponed until their own season begins in February 2021.