SUMMIT, NJ - Two first-half goals by the visitors stood up, as the Summit Girls Varsity Soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to Governor Livingston (GL) on Senior Night.
On a chilly evening at the Upper High School Turf Field, Summit saw two dubious refereeing decisions go against them, both resulting in goals. On the first, a ball ping-ponging around the Hilltoppers penalty area was ruled to be handled, even though it appeared the contact was inadvertent and underneath the arm. The ensuing penalty kick was converted, giving the Highlanders a 1-0 lead.
Later in the half, a ball played along the goal line appeared to hit the wheel on the outside of the Summit goal but was ruled still in play. Switching off for a brief moment, Summit was punished, as the resulting scramble led to the ball finding the back of the net. Despite the subsequent protests by Summit players and their coaching staff, which resulted in two yellow cards being handed out, it was 2-0 GL, and the Hilltoppers had a mountain to climb.
Summit had its chances in the second half, including a missed PK, but could not break through and saw their record dip to 6-10-2. Prior to the game, Summit's senior players were honored, as each was announced individually, walking out through an honor guard comprised of their teammates where they received a bouquet of flowers which they then presented to their parents at midfield.
Summit returns to action October 24 versus Scotch Plains-Fanwood with the match kicking off at 4 p.m. on the Upper High School Turf.