LIVINGSTON, NJ—It wasn’t an ideal soccer night in Livingston as the rain poured down and the wind swirled. But the frigid conditions did not bother the Lady Lancers as they captured their 17th victory of the season over Mendham 2-0 in Livingston on Thursday night.
“We have to remain hot heading into the state tournament next week,” Livingston defender Kylie McLaughlin said.
Livingston, No. 7 in the state, was awarded the top seed in North 1, Group 4 as they will take on Union City Monday afternoon.
Livingston stuck to their usual game plan of out-flanking their opponent by using the whole field and tiring down their Morris County opponent.
“We play to our strengths and speed is one of them,” assistant coach Dave Cohen said. “Using the whole field and tiring out our opponents is key.”
Livingston did just that throughout the first half. They had eight shots on goal but could not connect on any. Faith Sugarman, Mendham’s goalkeeper, made acrobatic saves to keep the game scoreless at half. However, Mendham only got three shots off in the first half, and those were the last three shots for Mendham.
Within the first ten seconds of the second half, Livingston forward Erica Dippold fired a laser and Sugarman made yet another incredible save.
“The momentum was building and we were controlling possession,” Cohen said. “We remained patient and stuck to our game.”
Patience paid off for the Lancers junior midfielder Joanna Scotti launched a 22-yard bullet in the upper left corner in the 60th minute to give Livingston a 1-0 lead. Just minutes later, Dippold finally connected with a goal of her own now putting the Lancers up by two.
“When we have a lead we tend to hold it because we have a strong backline,” McLaughlin said. The Livingston defense did not allow a single shot in the second half.
“Our defense will be what gets us through the state tournament. We had a great run last year and hope to do it again,” Cohen said.