SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD -- It was almost a full year ago when Scotch Plains-Fanwood defeated Union in the county semifinals on an overtime golden goal to finish an exhilarating contest that saw nine scores from both sides.
The two teams met again in the Union County Tournament (UCT) on Saturday -- this time in the quarterfinals -- and again, the Raiders and Farmers combined to put in nine goals. The difference? This time, eight of them came from Scotch Plains-Fanwood.
Corinne Lyght scored twice and dished out two assists, Faith Price and Leah Klurman each had a goal and assist, and Rachel Schoss assisted twice to lead the No. 2-seeded Raiders in an 8-1 victory over No. 7 Union at Wexler Field. Lizzie Ley, Maya Sutterlin, Alexa Fazio, and Holly Nelson added goals for the Raiders, while Gabby Aloe and Lily Camacho added assists.
Sisters Maya and Rebecca Kessler each made two saves in the net for the Raiders, who made a strong statement to the rest of the county Saturday as they begin their quest for a 10th-consecutive county title.
The win gives the Raiders the re-match that everybody has been anticipating. The will square off against No. 3-seeded and archrival Westfield, which defeated Brearley, next weekend, time and location TBD.
The Raiders got off to a blistering start early on, jumping out to a 6-0 lead by halftime and extending that mark to 8-0 late in the second half before Union got a late goal from Hailey Goncalves.
"The girls played well. We surprised them (Union), got ahead, and took advantage of the opportunity," said head coach Kevin Ewing after the game. "They know not to be overconfident."
Scotch Plains-Fanwood has now outscored opponents, 45-8, this season.
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