CLARK, NJ — Cranford and Westfield were crowned co-champions after they battled to a 2-2 tie in the final round of the Union County Tournament on Friday night at Arthur L. Johnson High School.
Kirsten Williams got Cranford on the board just 3 minutes in when she connected on a header off a Maggie Murray cross. Laurel Teel would make it 2-0 seven minutes later as Cranford looked to be hitting on all cylinders. But Westfield never stopped battling in what became a tale of two halves.
"Many teams would have folded being down 0-2, but our girls were up for the challenge," said Westfield High School head girls' soccer coach Alexander Schmidt. "We discussed at halftime that we could ‘hope’ to win and stay in the formation we were playing or change our formation and go after the game, maybe conceding another goal or two. The girls wanted to go for the win."
Westfield's Faith Dobosiewicz swung the momentum to the Lady Blue Devils less than 3 three minutes into the second-half when she drilled a 30-yard strike over the head of Cranford goalie Amanda Vath.
Midway through the half, Julia Weinstein snuck another past Vath to even things up 2-2. Following two scoreless 10-minute overtimes, Cranford and Westfield were declared co-champions.
"The resilience and grit of this team is pretty amazing, and I couldn't be more proud," Schmidt said.
TAPinto Westfield Staff Writer Matt Kadosh contributed to this report.