SUMMIT, NJ - In its final tune-up before the state tournament, the New Providence High girls soccer team came away with its final regular-season victory.
Kyra Trumbull headed in the game's only goal - off a corner kick from Juliana DeGeorge - just 2:30 into overtime to lift the Lady Pioneers to a 1-0 decision over Kent Place on Thursday afternoon at Kent Place in Summit.
The victory was the third in the last four games for New Providence, which improved to 10-6-2. Kent Place fell to 6-12 on the season.
"I think we're going into the states pretty hot," said New Providence head coach Scott Murphy. "Our only loss (in the last four games) was to Union Catholic, but we've been playing pretty well."
On Tuesday, New Providence and Kent Place each held the other scoreless through the first 80 minutes. Carleigh Robertson posted her eighth shutout of the season with a five-save effort.
"It was a pretty even game with us controlling the first half and them having the better of play in the second," said Murphy. "With the game being scoreless at the end I think a draw would've been a fair result but we were able to get the corner kick and take advantage of it."
Trumbull, a sophomore, now has four goals this season while DeGeorge a senior, has totaled two goals and four assists.
New Providence had defeated Kent Place, 2-1, in the preliminary round of the Union County Tournament on Oct. 3 and again, 2-0, in a regular season game on Oct. 7 in New Providence.
The Lady Pioneers finished in third place in the Mountain Division of the Union County Conference with an 8-5-1 mark. Only Gov. Livingston (14-0) and Elizabeth (10-4) finished ahead of New Providence.
New Providence earned the third seed for the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 state tournament and will play host to 14th-seeded Hoboken on Monday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.
If the Lady Pioneers win, they will remain home against either sixth-seeded Belvidere or 11th-seeded North Arlington in the sectional quarterfinal round on Thursday, Oct. 31.
The sectional semifinal round is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4 with the championship game slated for Thursday, Nov. 7.
A year ago, New Providence reached the sectional final as the fifth seed where it bowed to third-seeded Glen Ridge, 2-0. New Providence last won the sectional crown in 2011.
"We received the highest seed we've had in a while and our goal was to get the opportunity to have multiple home games.
"Anything can happen in the state tournament so we're prepared. We've played five overtime games this season so we know how important it is to score once the game goes to OT so we don't have to go to penalty kicks where its a toss up."
There are three other Union county schools in New Providence's bracket including second-seeded Brearley, fifth-seeded Dayton and seventh-seeded Roselle Park. The Lady Pioneers went 3-0-1 against those schools this fall.
"We'll treat each game like its its own tournament since its single elimination," said Murphy. "I know the seniors on this team have helped the underclassmen be as focused as they need to be and that they want to end their playing careers on a winning note."