NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence jumped out to an 11-2 halftime lead against the 13th seeded Hoboken Red Wings and never looked back as they advanced to the next round of the Group 1, North 2 sectional tournament, defeating Hoboken 18-4 Monday afternoon at Leider Field.
“We really wanted to make sure we had goals early on today,” said New Providence head coach Jennifer Henry, on getting off to a strong start. “We wanted to utilize this game to work on some areas that we normally don’t get to work on so that for future games we are ready for different scenarios.”
A number of Lady Pioneers, rookies and veterans, helped the home squad gain a huge advantage early on, as seniors Sam Scott and Kate Marzynski tallied a trio of goals apiece, as did freshman leading scorer Kaitlyn Cumiskey.
Despite having a mix of senior and freshman reliance offensively and defensively, coach Henry believes that this balance is perfect for a deep playoff run.
“The upperclassmen have gone through this (states) before so they know what it’s like to face adversity and disappointment,” said Henry. “Then we have our freshman who have never had that disappointment or loss so the older players are there to guide them and all around it is a good balance.”
In the second half of play, the Lady Pioneers worked the ball all over the defensive end for an extended period of time before they made an attempt on net, displaying their fundamental skill and good sportsmanship as well, as they elected to not run up the score in the final half of the game.
“I’m really proud of the way our girls play today. We had varsity and JV get in the game today and they all played a good, fair game,” said Henry after the game. “We’ve been on the other side before when other teams haven’t treated us as nicely so it’s nice to be able to go out and play a good game and not just stand around and try to score.”
Senior Lauren Pope finished with a pair of goals on the afternoon as 11 different Lady Pioneers found the back of the net over the course of the two halves.
The victory gives New Providence their 11th win on the year, paired with only three defeats, and they will look to make it 12 on Thursday when they face 5th seeded Morristown-Beard in state quarterfinal action at Leider Field.