SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD -- Corinne Lyght is just a freshman, but the girls’ soccer star at Scotch Plains-Fanwood is already emerging as one of the premier players in the area. Under the bright lights and tournament stage this past week, Lyght delivered when the Raiders needed it most. Her clutch performances are why she’s this week’s Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.
Scoring three times this past week and claiming the team lead in scores in the process, Lyght’s goals couldn’t have come at better times.
The apex of her wild week occured when pressure was turned up full-blast for Scotch Plains-Fanwood Saturday night in the Union County Tournament (UCT) final after archrival Westfield took a 1-0 lead in the second half. The Raiders were faced with a very tough task of having 29 minutes to score on a team that had only allowed six goals all season, but the moment didn’t seem to phase Corinne Lyght.
20 minutes after the Raiders gave up the go-ahead goal, a composed Lyght got her team even agian. The scoring play unfolded when Ashley Vincent booted a free kick into the box, and Lyght broke open to receive the ball. After it bounced a couple of times, the freshman got a touch on it and buried a perfectly-aimed shot to send the game into overtime.
“I was so relieved and happy to be able to get the goal,” Lyght said after her team won a share of the UCT title Saturday. “It just felt so good to be able to help the team so that we could go into overtime.
“I was nervous because we didn’t want to finish with a loss,” she added, “but we just kept our composure and were able to score.”
With the team still riding high off its eighth-consecutive UCT championship, the Raiders commenced the state tournament Monday, and it was a familiar face leading the charge in their win. Lyght put shots in the net twice in the Raiders’ 6-0 opening round victory over Bayonne, scoring the first goals of the first and second half. It was the striker’s second multi-score game of her career.
Lyght’s exceptional week is a reflection of the impact she’s had on the Raiders’ success in 2017. Not only is the forward now the team-leader in goals (16), but in 13 of the Raiders 18 total games, she has hit the back of the net at least once. The forward is part of a trio -- alongside Kerri McNeely and Erika Muskus -- that has scored 43 combined times this season.
Lyght will look to continue producing in the clutch Thursday, when the four-seeded Raiders host five-seeded Watchung Hills in the state sectional quarterfinals. The match -- a highly-anticipated one -- will start at 2:00 p.m.
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