EDISON, NJ - It has not been the best season for South Plainfield girls’ soccer team, but they are finally starting to come together and win at the right time.
The Tigers (6-11) won their first game in the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament over J.P. Stevens (2-14) 3-2.
The last meeting between these two teams resulted in a 3-1 loss for South Plainfield. The girls made sure that would not happen again.
The Tigers were led by Claire Nagel, who was able to notch her second hat trick of the season.
South Plainfield got off to a shaky start falling behind two goals early in the first half. J.P. Stevens’ Andrea Maris and Ava Dul provided those two goals.
But those are the only goals Stevens would be able to muster. Right before the end of the first half Nagel scored her first goal. Her second and third goals turned out to be just a valuable.
Saru Castillo and Alexis Curtis provided the assists on Nagel’s goals.
Brianna Slover kept up her stellar play this campaign with seven saves.
The team has struggled at times this season. At one point losing five in a row. Injuries have played a major part. But now with a healthy squad and positive attitudes, the girls have their first win streak of the season. Head coach Paul Correia took notice and is proud of the girls.
“Being positive and playing strong even when we were two goals down [led us to the win],” Correia said. “Our speed up top was able to slip by JPS’s defense. [Castillo] and [Curtis] gave great through balls to Claire to give her. her second hat trick of the season. Also, scoring before the half was a momentum changer in the game. The girls knew they were back in it once [Nagel] scored.”
The Tigers will look to continue their strong play and make it three in a row when they take one of the best teams in the tournament Old Bridge on Saturday.