NUTLEY, NJ – A goal by junior Emily DeAngelo in the second half Friday broke a tie with the Belleville Buccaneers and led the Nutley Raiders girls soccer team to their second win of the season.
DeAngelo’s goal gave the Raiders a 3-2 lead at the end of the half and improved their record to (2-3). The Buccaneers fell to (2-2).
“With the way our season started, it’s really nice to get a good win,” DeAngelo said in a post-game interview.
DeAngelo’s goal came after sophomore Samantha Gabriele scored the team’s first two goals of the day in the second half, after sitting out for the first 40 minutes due to an injury in her previous contest.
“I was literally standing up on the sideline because I couldn’t sit anymore,” Gabriele told TAPinto Nutley. “Watching my best friends struggle while I was out just made me feel like I needed to help them.”
Giulia Polewka and Lauren Holden have also been injured recently. With some of the team’s best players suffering injuries, Head Coach Mike DiPiano is proud that they were able to pull through and record a win.
“A couple of people are banged up, but they played through it and got a result,” the coach said. “After they went down 2-1, they could have said, ‘this is what our season is going to be like this year,’ but they decided not to. They showed a lot of heart and that proves that they have a lot of fight in them.”
DiPiano added that his team’s three losses so far have only been by a one or two point margin.
“We’re right there and we haven’t played our best soccer yet, so it’s good to show fight and to break it out,” he said.
Next up for the Raiders is their Monday game against the (2-1-1) Columbia Cougars. The girls will meet at Columbia High School at 4:00 PM.