NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In a dominating 5-0 win against the New Providence Pioneers, Governor Livingston freshman Allie Post and senior Emily Pires scored two goals apiece. This win puts the team in a great position early on, moving them high up in the standings and giving them another conference win.
The game started out quickly for both sides, each registering multiple shots on goal. In the 20th minute, GL struck first as Post utilized crafty moves and scored past New Providence keeper Erin Lamanna for a 1-0 edge. Post, who has been dealing with a hand injury that she suffered in the first game of the season, had a good showing in this rivalry.
The Lady Highlanders controlled possession in the first half. Sophomore Kaylee Vreeland had multiple looks, however offsides calls denied the opportunity to extend the lead.
Early in the second half, strong defense by GL forced multiple turnovers. Five minutes in, sophomore Samantha Erickson scored as a result of a turnover to put the Highlanders up 2-0.
New Providence did not quit and forced a hand ball by the GL defense. However, a Pioneer penalty kick sailed high off the GL net, giving junior goalie Sarah Foy a break from attempting to save the shot. Foy controlled the back line and gave confidence to her teammates.
Just a few minutes later, Post scored her second game goal, rocketing a ball from outside the box.
After the game, Post said, “It meant so much to get the win against [New Providence], and I was happy to be a part of that.” Post has been dominating games, controlling pace of play in the midfield.
With only a few minutes remaining, The Lady Highlanders did not let up. Senior captain Emily Pires cashed in two goals in the span of a minute to give GL the dominating 5-0 win. It was truly a “Pioneer Massacre.”
GL Girls Soccer team has embraced a new motto this year called “BannerSzn.” In regard to this catchphrase, Post said, “It all started with Claire Donfield. She saw our potential as a team and now we are all working together to be able to achieve this and earn the banner for our school.”
This team has a lot of potential as there is a great mix between upper and underclassmen. The camaraderie of the teammates make them an even stronger force. They’ve started the season out hot and are not planning on slowing down anytime soon.
This win improves their record to 3-1, coming off 3 straight wins. GL hopes to make it four in a row against a fierce Jonathan Dayton squad on Saturday.
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