SPOTSWOOD, NJ - After a tough semifinal loss in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament to East Brunswick High School, the Spotswood High School girls varsity soccer team bounced back with a first round win over North Plainfield High School in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group Two Tournament. The sixth seeded Chargers defeated the eleventh seeded Canucks, 3-2, to move on to the next round.
Spotswood took a two to one lead into the halftime break and scored an early second half goal to take a two goal lead in the game. North Plainfield fought back for one more, but were never able to tie the score. Lizzie Vignuolo made four saves in net for the Chargers. The Canucks' Emely Velastegui had a busier afternoon, facing 12 Spotswood shots and making nine saves.
Sophomore Carolina Fernandez and Danielle Wittig both had one goal and one assist in the victory for the Chargers who increased their overall record on the season to 12-6. Erin Thuring also netted a goal for Spotswood. Nikita Forrester and Shaniya O'Neal were the goal scorers for North Plainfield.
Spotswood will now move on to the quarterfinal round where they will face third seeded Rumson-Fair Haven High School on Friday, November 4. Rumson-Fair Haven trounced fourteenth seeded South Plainfield High School, 9-0, in their lopsided first round match up. They have a 13-7 overall record on the 2016 season. The Chargers will travel to Rumson for the game, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.