Lady Highlanders celebrate win. Credits: Frank Clark
GL junior midfielder Isabella Bjorkeson had a hand in defeating Scotch Plains with one of the two goals. Credits: Michael Romano
Highlanders' Alice Caballero battles SPF's Corina Checcio for a header attempt. Credits: Michael Romano
Gov. Livingston's leading goal-scorer Lauren Jankowski fights for possession with Raiders' Kelly Yeager. Credits: Michael Romano
Raiders' Alyssa Riporti looks to send the ball upfield and out of her own territory. Credits: Michael Romano
Lyndsay DiStaso near goal. Credits: Frank Clark
Jenny Pires eye on ball down the ine. Credits: Frank Clark
Credits: Frank Clark
Gov. Livingston Girls Shock Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 2-0
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 • 8:00pm
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Gov. Livingston High School girls’ soccer team handed Scotch Plains-Fanwood its first loss of the season, a 2-0 victory, on Tuesday afternoon.
Senior Lauren Jankowski and junior Isabella Bjorkeson led the way for the Highlanders with one goal apiece.
“We knew this was our last season game before states so we had to use this game as a springboard into the tournament,” Jankowski said. “Knowing that we have the capacity to beat a team like Scotch Plains, we’re confident that we can beat anyone now.”
The Raiders' first loss of the season comes two days after they defeated Cranford in the Union County Tournament Championship game.
“I think this might have been a carry-over from the county tournament game and they weren’t ready to play right away,” Highlanders’ head coach Mike Roof said. “I think my girls played well enough to win this game. Scotch Plains struggled at times, but they played well. But my girls deserved to win.”
Gov. Livingston’s first goal came in the early after a corner kick rattled around in the box, but eventually found the foot of Jankowski who banged it into the net, for her team-high 15th goal of the year.
“I think our first 10 minutes was the most important because we came out really strong, and once we got that goal we knew that we had it,” Jankowski said.
Scotch Plains threatened towards the end of the first half when Tori Baliatico sent a low cross into the middle that found Kelly Yeager, but Gov. Livingston’s keeper Olivia Emanuel snatched it for a save.
Both teams traded long possessions in the second half until Bjorkeson doubled the Highlanders lead with a goal from just inside the box.
“Now we have to head in the right direction because our seasons over at this point,” Roof said. “We'll take care of what we need to in practice the next couple of days and we’ll be prepared for states.”
The Raiders have one more regular season game remaining against Kinnelon on Friday.
Both teams qualify for the NJSIAA state tournament, which begins next week. Pairings for the playoffs will be released tomorrow.