SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - The South Brunswick girls soccer team suffered a loss to the Piscataway Chiefs 3-0 on Thursday night, which was also the night to honor seniors on the squad.
Coach Beth Barrio said in no way, shape, or form did the score measure how well the Vikings played.
While it seemed as if it just had no luck, one thing that was constant the entire game was the effort.
"We had a little bit of bad luck tonight. There were a couple balls that should of went in but hit the post," said head coach Beth Barrio. "I think the effort was definitely there and the girls sustained their momentum for the longest period of time that we have had to date."
The Chiefs got on the board just two and a half minutes into the game.
It was a bit of an awkward play as Piscataway crossed the ball into the box and it ended up going right between the Vikings' goalie Sydney Schneider and a defender, and into the net.
After the first goal, South Brunswick began to control the pace of the game.
The Vikings dominated time of possession for the entire first half, and had opportunity after opportunity to tie the game.
One such opportunity came at 17:38 into the first half, with a chip pass to another Viking, who made a nice shot on the Chiefs' goaltender.
After making the initial save, the ball squeaked past the goaltender and as it looked like it was going in, but the spin of the ball just trickled the ball to the left of the post and out of play.
South Brunswick ended the first half down 1-0.
Despite furious play in the first part of the game, Piscataway picked it up significantly in the second half.
Six minutes into the start of the second half, the Chiefs tallied its second goal off of a kick that went into the top-left corner of the net.
The Vikings had good offensive zone pressure, but didn't have any real quality scoring chances.
Piscataway's defensive line were constantly blocking crosses all night.
"They have a very tall and strong back line," said Barrio. "It was going to take a perfect ball to split their ‘D’ and create an opportunity."
The Vikings could not muster up any more offense and Piscataway added a late goal with just under 15 minutes to play to end the game 3-0.
Having a strong game for South Brunswick was goaltender Sydney Schneider.
Despite her team's inability to convert on its many chances, Schneider compiled nine saves on 18 shots faced.
On the flip side for the Chiefs, Lela Allen tallied two goals, Ayana Garvin racked up three assists and Kaitlyn Zeeb added one goal.
Piscataway goalie Isabella Caracta had a shutout with 11 saves.
Despite the loss, head coach Barrio did like the play of her team.
"It was a well fought game on both sides," said Barrio. "It was highly competitive and I don't think the score necessarily dictated the flow of the game."
The Vikings now fall to 4-5-1 on the year and will look to get on its winning ways as they will take on East Brunswick High School on Oct. 8.
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