NORTH CALDWELL, NJ -- The West Essex girls soccer team defeated Caldwell, 5-1, Wednesday afternoon in the opener for both squads.

Emma Riberio scored two goals and Abby Azzinnari and Alexa Devlin each notched two assists for West Essex, which had a 1-0 halftime lead before pulling away with a 4-1 showing in the second half.

Samantha Balzano, Lauren Geiger and Brooke Schatz each scored one goal for West Essex. Georgia Tarullo (4 saves) and Abigail Boggier (3 saves) split time in goal in the victory.