BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston Girls’ Soccer defeated Kent Place at home on Tuesday, by a score of 2-0. Led by second half goals from junior Kaylee Vreeland and freshman Caroline Freer, The Highlanders broke a second half tie to improve their record to 9-0.
The Highlanders created many opportunities in the first half with precise passing and constant pressure on Kent Place’s back line. Although no shot attempts found the back of the net, Governor Livingston’s style of play was able to wear down the Dragons in the second half.
Halftime adjustments by Highlander Coach Mike Roof put junior Sami Erickson to defense while bringing fellow junior Kelsey Distaso up to the midfield. This created even more pace, eventually allowing Freer to sneak one past the Dragon’s keeper to put Gov. Livingston in front, 1-0.
Later in the second half, the Highlanders scored with a pure ball through to Vreeland who would not be denied, extending the lead to two. Vreeland, the leading scorer from last year, has stepped up after the loss of sophomore superstar Allie Post for the season.
Freshman do not usually earn spots in the starting lineup for most varsity teams, let alone the 15th ranked team in New Jersey, according to NJ.com. However, Freer cracked the starting lineup for Roof’s squad during training camp, and has been contributing to the Highlanders ever since. “Going from middle school to varsity is a big jump,” Freer said, “but I feel like my club team has prepared me well for this high level of competition.”
The Highlanders continued their undefeated run with Tuesday’s victory, improving to a whopping 9-0 start. They hope to continue their run on Thursday September 26 for senior night against Jonathan Dayton High School at Snyder Field under the lights beginning at 7pm.