SPARTA, NJ – “We are a young team, not really sure what to expect,” said Jamie Barker, Sparta High School’s Girls Varsity Soccer coach before the first game of the season. Barker explained they had, “only one senior player, four juniors and the rest are sophomores and freshmen.” The Spartans had done well in the pre-season, winning all but one game.
The contest started well for Sparta with two goals coming close together mid first-half. The first goal came from Brianna Lamoureaux followed closely by Taylor Nolan’s goal. That, however, would be all for Sparta.
The second half belonged to Chatham. Emily Walczyk scored the first for Chatham, followed closely by Lindsey Aloia. Walczyk also got the winning goals for Chatham. Chatham coach Chris Mazurkiewicz spoke of Walczyk’s winning goal as “a little magic with the left foot that hit the bar for the win.” Mazurkiewicz said they had “first game jitters. I give the girls a lot of credit for coming back one goal at a time.”
After the game, Barker said, “This was a game of learning and growing pains. They are a very coachable team.” She is looking forward to good things as they go through the season. “Losses teach us lessons we need to learn to be successful,” said Barker.