MONROE, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood field hockey team made history on Thursday, Nov. 19, as the Raiders defeated Monroe by the score of 3-1 to advance to the state finals for the first time ever. Early in the first quarter, the Raiders got a penalty corner and were able to capitalize. Senior captain Allie Serio inserted the ball to Junior Meagan Bourke who drove it into the net to the Raiders the 1-0 lead early.
“Allie pushed the ball out, and I was focused hard on stopping the ball quickly” Junior Meagan Bourke told TAPintoSPF after the game. “I hit a really hard shot as fast as it could and the goalie missed it, bounced off her pads and went it. It was really exciting because it started off the win for today.”
The Raiders continued to dominate possession in the first half. They got another penalty corner and the ball was inserted to Sophia Novello who passed it to Olivia Stahley who was able to put it into the net to give the Raiders a two-goal lead. The Raiders continued to have chances in the second quarter but were not able to capitalize, and the half ended with the score remaining 2-0.
The Raiders continued to dominate play in the start of the third corner. Sophia Novello received the ball off of a penalty corner and took a shot that was deflected by Allie Serio and put in the net to make the score 3-0. Towards the end of the third quarter Monroe started knocking on the Raiders door. With one minute left in the quarter, Monroe was able to get a penalty corner, which resulted in a shot in front of the net that got past goalie Emilia Saccento to make the score 3-1.
In the fourth quarter, the Raiders continued to maintain possession. When Monroe had chances on net, goalie Emilia Saccento was there to shut them down. After the horn sounded to end the game the Raiders all rushed to their goalie to celebrate.
“We came out to play,” Coach Ally Neidig said after the game. “We have been on a hot streak the last couple of games, and they came out and worked hard. We told them to come out and score early, and they came out and scored two goals in the first quarter, which I think made a big difference in this game.”
The Raiders will play in the state finals against Southern High School on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 11:00 a.m. at Southern.