BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Glen Ridge sophomore forward Tomison Kennedy scored the game's only goal to lead the Ridgers to their second consecutive state sectional championship in a 1-0 victory over New Providence on Thursday afternoon.
Kennedy has had a huge impact on the team’s success this season, as her goal was her 21st score of the season.
“You can’t score without your team,” Kennedy said. “My teams been supporting me a lot and we’ve been staying calm and working together and never giving up.”
Both teams came out firing and New Providence did not shy away from taking any shots on goal. In the 17th minute, Lisa Caprara launched a long shot into the wind that clanked off the crossbar and out of play.
“I knew right away that we would be tested,” Glen Ridge head coach Oscar Viteri said. “It was a good game, it was just a matter of who scored on a mistake or set piece and we were able to do that.”
Just four minutes later, Glen Ridge had an opportunity of its own when Colleen Grady sent a cross into the box that found Eliza Parrinello for a redirection, but keeper Jen Maluso came up with the save.
The game continued back-and-forth until senior Caroline Smith set up for a corner kick for Glen Ridge in the 32nd minute. Smith booted the corner directly into the middle of the box in front of the net and Kennedy was in the right spot at the right time to finish with a header passed Maluso.
“She's very good,” Viteri said about Kennedy. “She’s a strong girl and she sees the field very well, and she's great on headers.”
New Providence was unable to get anything going for most of the second half until the final minutes when they pressed for an all-or-nothing approach, but came out empty handed.
“We just wanted to play our game,” Ne
w Providence head coach Scott Murphy said. “We wanted to try to use our speed against their defense. I thought that’s where we could take advantage, but they did a great job of negating it so we couldn’t get that breakthrough.”