BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston Soccer won a crucial game at home against Arthur L. Johnson on Tuesday with a final score of 3-1. The Highlanders started the game quiet, but ended the first half with two goals and sat in the driver's seat for the second half of the match.
The game started as a defensive battle, as both teams showed sharp passing and long balls from across the field. Governor Livingston started to add some pressure in the first half and struck first with a goal from junior Ethan Proper with 8:14 left in the first half. The Highlanders added another goal to the board when senior Michael Domingues scored with 1:38 left in the first half to bring a 2-0 into halftime.
The Highlanders had a few chances from Proper and senior Ben Grimes to add to their lead at the beginning of the second half, however, the ball failed to find the back of the net for GL. In goal, senior Connor Bigelow gave great communication to his teammates and had a tremendous save to keep Johnson off the scoreboard. However, the Crusaders broke through to score a goal with 12:54 left in the second half. GL then switched to a heavy defensive strategy to try to secure the win.
GL added to its lead when sophomore Gavin Malave scored his first career varsity goal to give the Highlanders a two goal lead with 54 seconds left in the game.
Up next, Gov. Livingston will travel to Cranford on Saturday with an 11 a.m. start.