NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Coming off a season where the New Providence Girls’ soccer team won only five games on the 2016 and opened 2017 with four consecutive losses, head coach Scott Murphy and his girls truly turned things around to finish this campaign with a solid 10-10 record, featuring many more highs than lows.
After four tough match-ups to kick-off the season, the Lady Pioneers flipped the switch and found themselves in the win column 10 out of the next 14 games, with wins against rivals and next door neighbors Summit and Governor Livingston sandwiched in between that span.
“Every team wants to start the season off on a positive note and unfortunately we struggled through the first 4 games,” said Murphy on his team’s slow start. “The girls did not let the few poor results define how the season was going to go and the big talking point through the team was to “trust the process”, keep working hard, stay together, and the results will follow.”
Results did indeed follow for the young and relatively inexperienced Lady Pioneers, as some of their leading scorers were represented by non-seniors. Sophomore Maddy Engelbrechtsen lead all Lady Pioneer scorers with eight goals on the season, followed by junior Alana Ponte and senior Riley Kinum each tallying six goals over the course of the year.
Ponte also led the team with eight assists, and right behind her was sophomore Sophia Marinello with four helpers.
In her second season in net, Erin Lamanna snagged 102 saves, giving her exactly 200 stops in her two years as goalkeeper for New Providence, as she was the leading force in net for the Lady Pioneers all season long.
Despite a tough loss in the second round of the NJSIAA North 2, Group 1 tournament to top-seeded Glen Ridge, head coach Scott Murphy was incredibly pleased with his team’s performance this season and is looking forward for what has to come next fall.
“We set out five goals at the beginning of the season and managed to achieve four of them,” said Murphy. “I am proud of how the girls performed this season and I am very appreciative of the commitment they had to each other and the team.”
The Lady Pioneers celebrated their seniors during their last home game against Oak Knoll on Friday, Nov. 3 when the six seniors were announced along with their families to be celebrated for their dedication to the sport. The six seniors are: Riley Kinum, Amanda Mauer, Bruna Silvestreo, Canela Garcia, Caroline Zoufaly, and Jessie Brenner.
With the girl’s season concluded, be sure to come out and support the boy’s team, who takes on Dayton on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Lieder Field with a spot in the sectional final on the line.