LIVINGSTON, NJ — The No. 1 seed in the upcoming Essex County Tournament, Livingston High School girls’ varsity soccer secured a 5-1 victory over West Essex High School during the Lancers’ “Senior Night” on Monday.
Scoring more goals on Monday than in any previous games this season, the Lancers played a strong game both offensively and defensively, letting up only one goal in the final 30 seconds to West Essex’ Brielle Krause. West Essex goalie Naomi Pidgeon successfully stopped eight shots on goal, but was unable to block goals by Livingston’s Olivia Shevrin, Caitlyn Sugarman and Ashley Reuter.
“The seniors all got the opportunity to start and be part of the game and they played their hearts out,” said Lancers head coach Paul Raiz. “Other than a goal by the other team in the last 30 seconds, it would have been another typical Livingston shutout. For their senior night, it was everything that they earned and deserved.”
Raiz said the team is led by “nine of the most amazing seniors,” each of whom Raiz said has contributed to making the 2016 girls soccer team the best it can be. According to Raiz, seniors Megan Leffler, Abby Kuznick, Alex Franchino, Olivia Shevrin, Caitlyn Sugarman, Kaitlyn Kelly, Marissa Rivera, Jolie Price and Jessie April are not only great teammates, but also “funny, smart and caring” people on and off the field.
“They’re caring, they’re supportive of each other, they’re demanding, they’re the first ones to push the team and themselves and they’re great girls on and off the field,” said Raiz. “I think they’re the big reason why this team is doing so well—not just because of our skill and talent but because of how well these girls support each other and push each other and are enjoying being with each other.”
Shevrin, who Raiz said had one of her best games of the season with a hat trick and three goals, was proud of the team as a whole and of the underclassmen for stepping up.
“We were all excited for senior night and we gave a great team performance,” said Shevrin. “It was surreal that senior night finally came because I’ve been playing with most of these girls since I was little. I’m very proud of the team and I’m excited to see what we can do in the games to come.”
Livingston girls soccer, currently 10-0-1 in the regular season, takes on Newark Academy in an away match on Thursday, Oct. 13.