WESTFIELD, NJ —It didn’t take long for the Westfield Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team to take the lead versus Union Sept. 21 in what would turn out to be a tense game for the Blue Devils, who won 1-0.
Alik Morgan scored off Michael Prosuk’s assist five minutes into the game. From the start, Westfield put the pressure on Union by creating many opportunities to score—they had 11 shots on goal, but came away with one goal.
“We did well creating chances to score but couldn’t finish. We need to get better at putting teams away early so that the end of the game is less nerve-wracking,” said Morgan. Further into the game, the pressure shifted to the Blue Devils.
“As the game went on, Union adapted to our playing style and made it harder for us to put the ball over the top,” said Morgan. With about 18 minutes left in the game, Union had two consecutive shots on goal within the box but Koryn Kraemer, goal keeper for Westfield, made two great saves to sustain the 1-0 lead.
“I definitely felt more pressure since the game was 1-0,” said Kraemer. Toward the end of the game, Westfield started to just kick the ball away from their side of the field to wind down the clock to cling to their lead.
“The last 20 minutes of the game, our team lost composure. That’s something we need to work on,” said Eric Shaw, head coach of the Blue Devils.
But Westfield hung on with the help of the play of their goal keeper. Kraemer recorded 10 saves in the shutout victory. With the win, Westfield’s record is 4-1 and Union drops to 1-4-1. Westfield’s next game is at Cranford on Sept. 24.