BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Behind three goals from senior Marisa Iossa, the Governor Livingston (GL) field hockey team defeated Columbia 4-1 on Monday afternoon.
GL (2-0) fell behind early after a quick goal from Columbia’s Sage Savoia-DiGregorio put the Cougars up 1-0. After the goal, GL was able to control much of the rest of the half, keeping the ball on Columbia’s side of the field. Despite the offensive surge, a strong performance from the Columbia goalie kept the Highlanders out of the net for the first 27 minutes of the game.
With under three minutes to go in the half, Iossa snuck one into the goal to tie the game at one heading into the break.
“We did start the game looking a bit flat, but we were able to pick up our intensity in the second half,” said GL head coach Gina DeLauro. “We did a good job creating chances to score, and I believe we did capitalize on those chances [in the second half].”
Both teams had a slow start to the second half, with minimal ball movement around the field. GL once again had a number of chances in front of the goal but struggled to capitalize. The Highlanders finally broke through halfway into the period when Iossa scored her second goal of the day to give GL the lead.
“Persistence is key,” DeLauro said. “We can possess the ball for the majority of the game, but we need to finish by putting the ball in the cage.”
Once the Highlanders broke the tie, they were able to run away with the game. GL would score two more times, courtesy of another Iossa goal and a goal by senior Emily Matrone in the final minutes. Amanda Azalone, Audrey Cardone, Iossa and Tiffany Luo all had assists in the game, while goalie Aislinn O’Keefe recorded five saves.
The Highlander JV and freshmen teams also defeated Columbia on Monday, both with a score of 2-0.