BERNARDS TOWNSHIP,, NJ - The Watchung Hills girls soccer team topped Middletown South in the “Mountains vs The Seas” tournament on Sunday, 2-1. The Warriors raised over $8000 for Go4theGoal and the tournament raised more than $50,000.
Watchung Hills head coach Brian Figueiredo, the organizer of the event, said the idea came about from years of debate regarding which conference was stronger in girls high school soccer.Seven cross-conference matchups were played at The Pingry School, with the teams fundraising to support Go4theGoal, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping kids with cancer and their families.
The event coincides with the 8th Annual National Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day, Friday, Sep. 28.
Watchung Hills did its part to prove “The Mountains” are stronger.
Kelly Fitzgerald and Lindsay Wolf combined for the Warriors’ two scores. Fitzgerald hit the net first for the Warriors on an assist from Wolf. Middletown South tied it up with 25 minutes left in the game on a goal from Emma Laudisi.
Wolf scored the winning goal, assisted by Fitzgerald, with 23 minutes left in the half. Kaylee Donnelly stopped 18 shots on goal for Watchung Hills.
“It’s a testament to the type of team you have when you can win a game where you didn’t play your best game, and that’s what we did today,” said Figueiredo. “Middletown South has a very good team, and I was proud that we found a way to get a very hard earned win.”
Donations to the cause can be made at https://donate.go4thegoal.org/campaign/the-mountains-vs-the-seas/c195873
Representing the Skyland Conference are: Bridgewater-Raritan, Hunterdon Central, Mount St. Mary, Pingry, Ridge, Somerville and Watchung Hills.
And representing the Shore Conference are: Freehold Township, Jackson Memorial, Middletown South, St. John Vianney, Shore, Red Bank Catholic and Toms River North.
In addition to raising money for Go4theGoal and settling the debate on the strongest conference, the event also showcased girls high school soccer.
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children, yet less than 4% of Federal funding goes toward pediatric cancer research, according to www.Go4theGoal.org
Go4theGoal’s unwavering mission is to improve the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs, funding innovative research, and granting personal wishes. Through our first hand experience with pediatric cancer and our medical background, Go4theGoal provides the best practices to patients, their families, and the hospitals and staff that care for them.Go4theGoal.org
For more information on "The Mountains vs. The Seas", contact BrianFig73@verizon.net.
For NJ girls soccer history, see: http://www.njsiaa.org/sites/default/files/document/17%20Girls%20Soccer.pdf
The Warriors improve to 6-1 and next play Montgomery on Tuesday.
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