WESTFIELD, NJ — The No. 1 seeded Westfield (14-0) played the role of spoiler once again, defeating Gov. Livingston, 1-0, at Kehler Stadium in Westfield Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Union County Tournament. Katie Butler scored for Westfield with 59 seconds left on the clock to defeat No. 8 seed Gov. Livingston.
"We are very happy with the outcome," said Westfield head coach Alex Schmit. "The girls remained patient and were confident that they would eventually break through."
GL came into the game with confidence from their four-game win streak and were determined to show Westfield they are a different team than the one the Blue Devils faced in the 4-0 thrashing earlier this season.
The difference was with GL's ability to keep the pressure on both sides of the field. The Lady Blue Devils didn't have the same success as their first meeting.
The game came down to a few less opportunities at goal and "one little breakdown" with one minute left in the game.
The minutes were ticking down and the Blue Devils definitely felt the pressure and were less composed. However, you only need one chance — and Butler gave the home fans their lone goal for the late game victory.
Melina McDevitt cut in past GL's defense from the right side and crossed to Butler who made a run to sweep a pass into the goal.
Gov. Livingston head coach Mike Roof was "extremely" proud of his team. "You didn't deserve that [outcome]," he told his team post game.
It is gutting to lose in this fashion, said Roof in his post game talks. He said not to let it fester, telling his team they were "absolutely brilliant today."
Roof is looking ahead knowing his team has the ability to do something special in the post season and the Highlanders will learn from this tournament game: "You have to move on. This is the stuff I expect from you. I expected a performance and we got a performance."
Up next, Gov. Livingston faces a loaded week hosting Jonathan Dayton on Monday at 4 p.m.
Westfield will play Oak Knoll in the semifinal round of the Union County Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Arthur L. Johnson High School with time TBD.
Photo credits: D. Bachert