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South Plainfield Lady Tigers Rally to Defeat Metuchen 3-2

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SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - It has been nothing but perfection for South Plainfield field hockey this season.

Thursday afternoon saw the girls move to a perfect 10-0 after a narrow and intense victory over the visiting Metuchen Bulldogs (4-4-2) by a score of 3-2.

Caity Hughes led the way for the Tigers with two goals and one assist. Nicole Zultowski scored the other goal. Emily Glutz and Maeve Kenny scored the goals for the Bulldogs.

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Tatianna Sutor had a solid game in new as she notched eight saves on 11 Bulldog shots. Bulldog’s goalies Kamryn Chaudry Portia Koch and Bella Stern each made nine, five and one save respectively. South Plainfield was able to record 18 shots on the day.

The Tiger’s win was anything but easy. The Tigers struck first but the Bulldogs answered with two straight goals to take the lead. Metuchen held that lead until there were eight minutes left in the game. The Tiger’s fought back and proved their resiliency by scoring two goals in the final eight minutes to continue their quest for the perfect season.

Parents and spectators of the game watched in awe as the game progressed. Some described the game as the “best game they had seen in years.”

Head coach Melissa Szeliga was more than pleased with the victory.

“I think the girls did a great job at answering back today,” Szeliga said. “Metuchen played an amazing game and kept our girls on their toes. We had to fight and stay composed under pressure for this win. I am very proud of how they responded back.”

The Tigers will look to make it 11 in a row to start the season when they travel to Summit High School for a Saturday afternoon battle.

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