NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- The West Essex girls soccer team opened play in the Section 1, Group 3 tournament with a 5-1 victory over Montville on Monday.

Junior forward  Samantha Balzano scored three goals for West Essex (13-4), which had a 3-1 lead by halftime. Emma Riberio contributed three assists.

Brooke Schatz, who also had an assist, and Alexa Houmis each scored one goal. Skye Grimes also assisted on a West Essex goal. Georgia Tarullo made three saves for West Essex, which outshot Montville, 13-5.