SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The South Plainfield Herricanes, Girls U11 travel soccer team, played their last game of the season at Kenneth Field this past Sunday against Parsippany Madrid. Each team entered the game undefeated, with the same record of seven wins and two ties. After an intense game, the Herricanes emerged victorious shutting-out Madrid 2-0. The Herricanes victory enables them to win the championship. There were ten teams within their flight in the fall, and the Herricanes secured first place by defeating Madrid to have the flight’s best overall record.
A key factor in the game was South Plainfield’s goalie, Caroline Parker, who was fearless in defending the net throughout the entire 60 minutes. Late in the first half, Caroline made one of the most spectacular plays of the game diving to protect the goal while facing multiple players from the opposition charging at her.
Brianna Harris continued the pressure she displayed throughout the season in right defense, making game changing moves that stopped Madrid’s forwards from scoring. Sydney Loiacono, a classic utility player stepping into defense for the last couple of games, rose to the challenge by heading the ball into Madrid territory or cutting off the offense from entering the Herricanes half of the field. Veteran center defender Jordan Sacco instinctively thwarted any attempts to drive the ball down the center of the field and continuously supported her teammates covering the sides. Without a break, all three girls were relentless and protected their territory when Madrid got close to the net.
The Herricane’s dominated possession of the ball for much of the game. The first goal was scored early in the second half. Forward Amanda Senatore, worked the ball up to the box to put the pressure on Madrid’s defense. Through traffic in front of the goal, Isabella Mont got possession of the ball and placed it in the back of the net for the game winning goal. Mont had this to say about her goal:
Halfway through the second thirty minutes of the game, the Herricanes extended their lead. In a beautiful display of teamwork, Isabella and mid fielder, Grace Raber executed flawless passing skills back and forth until there was an opening for Grace to finish the play to extend the Herricane’s lead. Raber said when she had the opportunity “I went for it.” Here are Grace’s comments:
Forward Kirstyn Surowiec had the Herricanes fans on the edge of their seats with several breakaway scoring opportunities and forward Kailiegh Bickunas pounded shots on goal in the last few moments, providing a very exciting end to the game. Alicia Davis played midfield and forward, moving the ball up the field and feeding it to her teammates throughout the game. The Herricanes showed great sportsmanship throughout the game. Here is their cheer as the game ended:
One of the team’s key starters in defense and original member of the “Wall”, Natalie Leonardis was unable to play this weekend due to an injury, however was on the bench supporting and cheering on her teammates. The girls said they are very proud of their success on the field this year and are looking forward to the Spring season.