SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD — The rapidly growing Scotch Plains-Fanwood field hockey program hit another milestone on Wednesday, and did so in dramatic fashion.
The No. 3 seeded Raiders received a late goal from Bridget Ennis to sever a tie and send them to a 2-1 victory over No. 6 Mount Olive in the quarterfinals of the North Jersey Section 1, Group 4 state tournament. Ennis was assisted on the play by Erin Lay, who also scored the Raiders’ first goal. It was the first-ever state tournament victory in Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s program history.
The Raiders, who received a bye into the quarterfinals, will now travel to face No. 2 Montclair in the semifinals on Monday.
Lay had put the Raiders ahead, 1-0, with 3:53 left in the first half on an assist from Cassidy Novello on a corner. However, Mount Olive would respond with 16:37 left in the game when Morgan Trotter’s found the board to tie things up at one apiece.
But the response would come fast and swift from the Raiders.
Barely a minute after Trotter’s equalizer, the Raiders got the ball back into their offensive zone, where Lay played a pass over to Ennis, who shot and scored to send the team farther than its ever gone in a season.
Goalkeeper Emilia Saccento made seven saves between the pipes for the Raiders, now 13-6, which further adds to the program’s greatest all-time record.
Now that Scotch Plains-Fanwood cleared yet another program milestone in winning a state game, there’s only one thing left to do — win the whole thing. It will be no easy task against a traditionally-strong Montclair (13-5-1) team, 3-1 winners over Phillipsburg Wednesday, but the Raiders certainly appear up for the challenge with a chance to go to the championship on the line.