NUTLEY, NJ - Senior Zoe Steck scored three goals Tuesday, leading the Nutley Raiders girls varsity soccer team to a 5-1 defeat over the Warren Hills Blue Streaks in the first round of the State Tournament.
Nutley improved to (15-3-1, 6-2 SEC) and advanced to the State Quarterfinals, while Warren Hills ended their season (5-11-4, 4-7-1, SC).
"Even though we scored five goals, we still need to be better,” DiPiano said in a post-game interview. “We weren't as crisp as I wanted us to be, so we're gonna have to come into training tomorrow and Thursday and be better."
After the Raiders blanked the visiting team for nearly the entire game, senior Alyssa Duart managed to sneak the ball past Raiders junior goalkeeper Jillian DeSantis with an assist from sophomore Paola Benavides.
"I don't ever want to give up a goal, but we made some changes right there and they snuck one in,” DiPiano told TAPinto Nutley.
Junior Isabella Gonsiewski and sophomore Giulia Polewka added one goal each.
Steck will enter the Quarterfinals with 41 season goals and 107 career goals.
Gonsiewski has recorded five goals this year. The junior midfielder also added two assists on Tuesday, improving her season count to 17.
Polewka’s first goal since the team’s October 6 defeat over Newark Academy improves her season count to four.
Senior Jennifer Callaghan recorded two assists and has accumulated 12 this year. Senior Darby Fischer added her fifth assist of the 2016 season.
DeSantis recorded three saves and Warren Hills goalkeepers Morgan DeMayo and Savana Uhrig saved a combined 13 attempts from Nutley.
Nutley will face the (14-3-1, 6-2 NJAC) Roxbury Gaels in the Quarterfinals Friday, who beat them in the State Sectional Final in 2014.
“That was a different team, we’re a different team,” DiPiano said. “They’re very good, but we’re very good too.”
After intense practices in the next two days, DiPiano knows that the girls will be ready to take on Roxbury.
“These girls hold themselves to a high standard,” DiPiano said…”We're ready for it, it's a challenge, it's a game we've been wanting, and you know, it's win or go home, so we want to win."
Friday’s game will kick off in Roxbury at 2 pm.