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Livingston Field Hockey Team Has Strong Offensive Surge in First Half to Defeat Columbia 5-1

Christina Furman of Livingston looks to get past Columbia's Laura Marino in the first half.
Columbia's Maya Joyce brings a ball upfield as she is chased by Livingston's Cydney Williams.


LIVINGSTON, NJ – Senior Forward Cydney Williams scored two goals in the first half for the Livingston Lady Lancers as the team scored four times off deflections after penalty corners en route to a 5-1 victory over the Columbia Lady Cougars on Tuesday afternoon at Livingston High School.
The offense for Livingston was clicking on all cylinders against Columbia; a team that they wanted to get on fast after they beat them just 1-0 earlier in the season in the first round of the NJSIAA Essex County Tournament.
This time Livingston made sure to put together a game plan to find a way to get the ball into the back of the cage several times.  They were able to accomplish that objective in a strong way as they scored the first four goals of the game in a span of less than 19 minutes.

“Our goal was to come out from the very start and be able to play the full 60 minutes.  We knew it was going to be tough.  Everything was working for us.  They decided today that they had to do the basics,” Livingston Assistant Coach Lila Alfaro said.
Livingston earned one of their 10 penalty corners of the first half about 1:30 into the game.  Williams fed a pass to Johanna Silvestri who shot the ball on goal.  It deflected off of Zoe Miller, who was standing in front, and into the back of the net.
Less than five minutes later, Livingston would once again connect off a corner opportunity.  Williams sent a ball in to teammate Christina Furman then ran toward the Columbia goal.  Furman fired a ball of off William’s stick and into the cage.
“We generally hit it out to one of our big hitters and then a post player, which is me or… usually Zoe will hit it in,” Williams commented about the penalty corner plays.
Williams would get her second goal of the game a few minutes later off another deflection after a corner penalty to give Livingston an early 3-0 edge.
Then, off some nice transition play, Livingston’s Johanna Silvestri fired a pass to Julie Lubetkin who launched a ball past Columbia goaltender Mary Cobbs into the back right corner of the goal.
Columbia would answer back with a goal of their own before time in the first half expired.  Nadia Pelham-Lacey would receive a pass from Jane Mousseau before shooting in ground ball into the back of the net beating Livingston goaltender Jessica Glasser.  Still, the away team found themselves down 4-1 after 30 minutes of play.
The second half saw Livingston maintain control of the game.  They kept the ball in the Columbia zone and would net their fifth tally when Silvestri scored off yet another deflection with 2:50 remaining.
“Our overall goal was to play together.  Glasser came up with a few big saves.  Just amazing… the communication out there helped us move the ball up field all day,” Alfaro said.  “All our games are winnable. It just up to the girls weather or not they come out mentally prepared,” she added.
Livingston finished with 17 shots on goal and Glasser made three saves.  The team is now 4-6 after Tuesday afternoon’s win and will next travel to Summit to take on Kent Place this Thursday at 4 p.m. 
Cobbs made 13 saves for Columbia and they had four shots on goal.  Columbia is now 1-10-1 and are next scheduled to host Newark Academy this Thursday at 4 p.m.

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