Livingston Lady Lancers Squeak Out 1-0 Win Over Glen Ridge Ridgers
Thursday, October 4, 2012 • 8:09pm
LIVINGSTON, NJ - It wasn’t pretty, but the fourth ranked Livingston Lady Lancers (8-1-1) came away with a nail biter over the Glen Ridge Ridgers (6-3-2) Thursday afternoon. The Lancers had complete domination over the Ridgers, controlling possession of the ball nearly the entire game on the Ridgers’ side of the field. This led the Lancers to get an unbelievable 28 shots on goal compared to the Ridgers’ measly five.
However, Livingston was only able to successfully convert one of those 28 shots on goal. Junior Monica Flores was the only Lancer to reach the back of the net, scoring on a monster kick nearly 30-yards from the goal.
Livingston was plagued the entire game with missed opportunities, having four shots hit the top of the cross bar and failing to convert on five corner kicks. Although the Lancers weren’t able to extend their lead, they still showed why they are considered one of the best teams in the state by getting 28 shots on goals, and creating numerous opportunities. When nine separate players have a chance to score then that game could find itself turning into a blowout quickly.
After the opening minutes that’s exactly what this game looked like it would become, with the Lancers' offensive attack devouring a weak and overmatched Glen Ridge defense. Led by Captain Joanna Scotti, the Lancer strikers surrounded the Ridgers’ goal like a pack of wolves about to pounce on its prey, getting four shots on goal within the first 10 minutes.
With 28 minutes left in the first half, Flores finally found the back of the net after a pass by Senior Kristine Kelly. The Lancers almost scored another one minutes later, but Joanna Scotti’s header just barely missed, hitting the top of the crossbar.
The entire gamed seemed to be the Lancers’ to lose, missed shot after missed shot, failed opportunity after failed opportunity. Even though the Lancers appeared faster and more skilled than the Ridgers, if not for Flores’ goal to start of the game, this one would have most likely ended in a draw.
The Lancers next face Mendham this Saturday at 2:30 p.m.