NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - Backed by goals from Erin Fay, Maggie Roughly and Megan Mahlstadt, the New Providence girls’ soccer squad honored their five seniors in the best way possible, with a win.
“It’s always nice to one, win a night game,” head coach Scott Murphy said. “It was doubly nice to also get the win on Senior Night for these girls.”
"It meant a lot to get the win on such a special day for the seniors,” Fay said. “Being with these girls the past four years have been amazing. We are really close and it’s been great leading this team with these girls.”
Fay, along with fellow seniors Sarah Barquero, Lisa Caprara, Paige Kovacs, and Jillian Perini were honored prior to the game for their dedication and massive contribution to the program over the past four fall seasons not only on the field, but also as role models to the younger players on the team.
“They’re great, they go about their business the right way in and out of school,” Murphy said. “Their great role models for our younger kids even outside of soccer.”
After the pre-game festivities commenced, there was still an important game to be played on the field, as the Lady Pioneers seek to end their regular season home campaign on a winning note.
After New Providence started to threaten offensively early on, they were finally able to break through when Fay blasted the ball past the Linden net-minder to give the Lady Pioneers a 1-0 advantage in the 15th minute.
New Providence wasn’t able to collect another tally before the whistle blew to end the half, but their control of the ball both on offense and defense was eminent.
“They were absolutely amazing,” said Fay, referring to the stout defense. “They communicated really well and cleared every ball they needed to.”
Junior Maggie Roughly doubled the Lady Pioneer lead as she pummeled a free kick from 25-yards out in the top right corner of the goal.
With the game basically in hand, Megan Mahlstadt maneuvered around the Rahway defender and put the ball past the goalie to put the Pioneers up by three.
“We tweaked our formation a little bit offensively for this game,” said Murphy. “Teams usually see that Lisa (Caprara, the teams’ leading goal scorer) is our top player, so we were able to throw them off by mixing things up.”
With the victory, the Lady Pioneers improved their record to 9-4, with a huge rivalry game against Gov. Livingston scheduled for Tuesday in Berkeley Heights. Kick-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.