SPF Raider Sports Review for Sept. 23-28

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - A look at Raiders' varsity sports for the week of Sept. 23-28.
Boys Soccer: The Scotch Plains-Fanwood (SPF) boys’ soccer team went 2-1, making their record for the season 6-3. On Tuesday, SPF beat Union 1-0. James Murphy scored the only goal of the game in the first half. Danny Korduba, goal keeper for SPF, faced only one shot and had one save. The Raiders defeated Linden on Thursday 3-2. Chris Gibbons, Justin Rodriguez and Murphy all scored a goal for the Raiders. Murphy also had two assists in the game. The only loss for the Raiders this week came against Bridgewater-Raritan on Saturday, 2-1. Murphy scored the only goal in game for the Raiders, which came in the first half. The next game for Scotch Plains will be against Cranford on Sept. 3.
Girls Soccer: The girls’ soccer team went 3-0 this week improving their record to 8-0 on the season, remaining as the only undefeated varsity team for SPF. On Monday, the team traveled to Bayonne and won 3-2. Paige Heiden scored two goals for the Raiders and Katherine Cunningham scored the other. Tori Baliatico and Jodie Cornwell each had one assist in the game. Thursday, the team hosted Summit and won the game, 4-0. Sara DiIorio scored two goals, Baliatico and Corina Checcio scored the other two goals. The goals were all on assists from Baliatico, Cunningham, Cornwell and Kelly Yeager. Saturday the Raiders defeated Kearny, 7-2, matching their season high for goals in one game. Baliatico was scored the most goals of any SPF player with two. Checcio, DiIorio, Katie Harper, Heiden and Yeager all scored one goal. Harper led the game in assists with four and Baliatico, Heiden and Jillian Lapidus chipped in with one each. The Raiders next game is Oct. 1 at home against Gov. Livingston. 
Football: The football team lost their only game this week against Rahway, 34-10 (full story here: http://thealternativepress.com/articles/scotch-plains-fanwood-football-team-loses-to-rahw) . Rahway got a big lead early, scoring 20 unanswered points in the first quarter. The Andrew Ciccarino kicked a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter to make the score 20-3 at halftime. In the fourth quarter, quarterback for Rahway, Jeffrey Bost ran for 46- and 85-yard touchdowns. Quarterback for SPF,  Markel Taylor threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Owen Monahan to make the score 34-10. The score remained unchanged and the Raiders dropped to 1-2 on the season. The Raiders next game is at Voorhees on Oct. 4. 

Girls Gymnastics: The SPF gymnastics team won both of their meets this week, improving their record to 4-3. On Monday, the team defeated Union, 95.25 to 82.275. Heather Mullen took the Vault for SPF with a score of 8.5. Scotch Plains gymnast, Emma Rossi took the uneven bars with a score of 7.9 while Amanda O’Hara came in second for Scotch Plains with a score of 7.5. Lauren Lockfeld took the Floor Exercise for the Raiders with a score of 8.55. SPF dominated their meet against Elizabeth on Thursday winning 102 to 33.9. Lockfeld scored 8.65 on the Vault, winning the event. Abby Spector scored an 8.375 on the Uneven Bars to win the event for Scotch Plains. SPF gymnast Keara Farley won the Balance Beam with a score of 8.7. Amelia Paladino scored an 8.875 on the Floor Exercise to win it for SPF. The Raiders finished third in the Cougar Classic on Friday. Maddie McNichol finished the highest any Raider did in any event, placing third in the All Around ranking with a score of 34.175. The team’s next meet is at New Brunswick on Sept. 30.
Girls Tennis: The tennis team won their first match this week, going 1-2 this week making their season record 1-7. On Monday, the team lost at Ridge, 5-0. The team traveled to Kent Place on Thursday and lost, 5-0. Friday, the team went to Montclair and won their first match, 3-2. Casey Abramson won first singles in two sets 6-3, 6(8)-6(6). Olivia Tumsuden and Sophia Tumsuden won 1st doubles for SPF in two sets 6-4, 6-2. Alexandra Sharpio and Jordan Stein won second doubles for the Raiders winning in three sets 2-6, 6-1, 7-5. The Raiders will look to win two matches in a row when they compete against Mount St. Mary at home on Sept. 30.
Girls Volleyball: The volleyball team went 2-1 this week and improving their record to 7-2 on the season. The team lost to Bayonne on Monday in straight sets. The next day, the team played Kent Place at home and won in straight sets. Thursday, the Raiders played against New Providence and won 2-1. Brook Enners leads the team this season in kills with 70. Isabella Krempa and Caroline Yessman both have 14 aces which is the highest on the team. Krempa also leads the team in assists with 115. Shannon Rielly leads the team in digs with 48. Their next game is at home against Woodbridge on Oct. 1. 
Boys Cross Country: The cross country team defeated Linden and Union in a double dual meet, improving their record to 3-0 on the season. Alex Livernois finished first for SPF in the 5133 meter run with a time of 17 minutes and 28 seconds. Ben Evans finished third with a time of 17 minutes and 59 seconds. Brian Deutschmeister finished fourth with a time of 18 minutes and 55 seconds. The team will compete against Westfield for their next meet on Oct. 1. 
Girls Cross Country: The Raiders competed in a double dual meet defeated Linden but losing to Union to be 2-1 on the season. Kailyn Reilly finished first for SPF in the 5133 meter run with a time of 21 minutes and 50 seconds. Leah Womelsdorf finished fifth for SPF with a time of 23 minutes and 17 seconds. The team has its next meet against Westfield on Oct. 1.

Trevor Skanes is a senior at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School and has a passion for the field of journalism. This is his third year on staff at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s newspaper, The Fanscotian. Trevor was the sports editor last year and now is one of the editors-in-chiefs for the newspaper. Last year, Trevor won an award from GSSPA, for best news story in division B in the state of New Jersey. For the school year 2013-2014, Trevor will be the sports editor of the Scotch Plains Edition of the Alternative Press and will write the SPFHS Sports Wrap Up every week.

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