CEDAR GROVE, NJ - The Cedar Grove girls soccer team made history yesterday, winning its first-ever division title. The Panthers defeated Newark Central 3-0 on Friday to go undefeated in the Colonial Division.
“Our number one goal this year was to win a division title. We knew with the team we had and the division we were in, this was one of our best chances in years at being champions,” said Head Coach Thomas Moogan. “ The girls bought in right away and worked extremely hard through the preseason to get into the best possible shape to prepare for the teams we would be facing.”
Going into the game on Friday the Panthers knew they had to at least tie to win the championship title. To get to that point they had to get through Science Park which proved to be one of the team’s toughest division games.
“We knew Science would be one of the contenders for the title, and we had to be ready to play an aggressive game. We went into halftime of the game up 1-0 from a penalty scored by Jaime Dente,” Moogan said. “With about 20 minutes left, we were awarded another penalty that Jaime put away to up us up 2-1. She was then able to get a breakaway goal and put us up 3-1 to seal the deal. After that game, we knew the door was open to win the title.”
With the title within their grasp, Cedar Grove was ready to battle. Dente led for the Panthers with one goal and one assist, while Noelle Nicosia and Pashience Abud each found the back of the net to give Cedar Grove the victory.
“The team was thrilled and knew they accomplished something that no other girls' soccer team in Cedar Grove history has done. It goes to show how far the program has come and how committed the group of girls were,” Moogan added. “ As their coach, I am extremely proud of what they have earned and how well they have played this season. We are looking to make history again and be the first girls team to win a state playoff game as we travel to Delaware Valley for the first round of the North 2 Group 1 playoffs.”
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