SPF Sports Review Oct. 21-28
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 • 11:45am
Boys Soccer: The boys soccer team went 2-1 this week. Their first win came on Tuesday against Linden when Scotch Plains-Fanwood (SPF) won 5-0. Justin Rodriquez had a hat trick leading the Raiders in goals scored while James Murphy scored two goals and had one assist. The Raiders lost on Thursday against Summit 1-0, although most of Scotch Plains starter’s did not play that game. The biggest game of the week was the Union County Semifinal game on Friday against Westfield. The Raiders came out with a double overtime victory; 2-1.Westfield scored the first goal of the game to put the Raiders in a 1-0 deficit. Captain Christian Zazzali scored the game tying goal off an assist from James Murphy, to make the score 1-1. Neither team scored again in regulation nor overtime so for the second time this season, Westfield and SPF headed into a double overtime to decide the winner. Murphy scored the game winning goal on a free kick after the Westfield starting goalie was given a red card. With the win, the team will play Elizabeth in the Union County Final on November 3rd at Kean University. The team’s record is 13-4-1(including county games) this season and will play against St. Joseph on October 30th.
Girls Soccer: The Scotch Plains girls soccer team went 3-0 this week, keeping their undefeated season alive while winning the Union County Championship against Cranford on Sunday. Before the big game on Sunday, SPF won at Johnson on Tuesday 3-0. Corina Checchio, Katie Harper and Kelly Yeager each had one goal. Checchio, Jodie Cornwell and Annie Pierce each had one assist as well. The girls then traveled to Summit and won 4-1. Tori Baliatico, Checchio, Kayla Diggs and Yeager each had a goal for the Raiders. Cornwell, Christina Rodgers and Paige VanBuskirk each chipped in an assist. SPF won the Union County Championship against Cranford on Sunday 1-0, sustaining their undefeated season while handing Cranford their first loss of the season as well. The only goal of the game was scored by Baliatico off an assist from Yeager. The girls soccer team’s record is 17-0-1 and will look to get their 18th win against Gov. Livingston on October 29th.
Football: The Raiders lost to Watchung Hills 39-6 at home on Saturday, dropping their record to 2-5. Watchung Hills set the tone early, with an 81 yard touchdown run by Ryan Cunningham for their first play of the game. SPF would never regain control of the game and fell behind 39-0. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter when quarterback Emendo Thomas scored on a 13 yard touchdown run that the Raiders were on the scoreboard. The Raiders will look to bounce back after the loss when they play at Warren Hills on November 1st.
Girls Gymnastics: The gymnastics team went 1-1. The only loss this week came when the team traveled to East Brunswick and lost 104.625-105.425. Kacie Bumiller took the Floor Exercise for SPF with a score of 9.375. The team then traveled to Ridge and won 100.1- 95.8.Maddie McNichol won the Vault with a score of 8.875. McNichol also took the Uneven Bars for the Raiders with a score of 8.075. Jamie Bush took the Balance Beam for the Raiders with a score of 8.575. After this week, the team ends their regular season with a 9-5 record.
Girls Tennis: The SPF girls tennis team lost their only match this week. The team lost to Hun on Thursday 5-0. The team will end their season with a 2-15 record. The Scotch Plains girls tennis team had a rough season but had seven new starters on the team so there was not a lot of experience. With new starters gaining a whole season’s worth of experience, the team will look definitely be better next year.
Girls Volleyball: The volleyball team went 3-0 this week, improving their record to 16-2 and extending their win streak to 12 matches. On Tuesday, the team played Union and won 2-1. Brooke Enners lead match in aces with six. Isabella Krempa led the Raiders with 23 assists and Shannon Rielly led the team in digs with 21. On Thursday, the team defeated Benedictine 2-0. Fallon Goldberg led the team in aces with six and service points with 11. Friday, the SPF played Dayton in the Union County Tournament Quarterfinal Round and won 2-1. Krempa led the match in aces with five and led the team in assists with 17. Rielly led the team in digs with 25. With the win, the girls move on to the Union County Semifinals and will play against Roselle Catholic at ALJ on October 29th.
Boys Cross Country: SPF competed in the Union County Cross-Country Championship on Wednesday and took 5th place. Alex Livernois finished 8th in the race with a time of 16 minutes and 29 seconds. Joe Dzuback finished 17th with a time of 16 minutes and 49 seconds. The next time the team competes is on November 9th in the NJSIAA Sectional Championship.
Girls Cross Country: The Scotch Plains girls cross country team finished 8th in the Union County Cross-Country Championship on Wednesday. Kailyn Reilly finished 24th in the race with a time of 20 minutes and 35 seconds. Reilly finished in the highest place out of all the SPF runners. Jessica Banasiak ran the race in 21 minutes and 54 seconds, finishing in 45th place, the second highest out of all the Scotch Plains runners. The Raiders will next compete in the NJSIAA Sectional Championships.
Trevor Skanes is a senior at Scotch Plains Fanwood High School and has a passion for the field of journalism. This is his third year on staff at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School’s newspaper, The Fanscotian. Trevor was the sports editor last year and now is one of the editors-in-chiefs for the newspaper. Last year, Trevor won an award from GSSPA, for best news story in division B in the state of New Jersey. For the school year 2013-2014, Trevor will be the sports editor of the Scotch Plains Edition of the Alternative Press and will write the SPFHS Sports Wrap Up every week.
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