Summit and Governor Livingston Battle to 2-2 Tie in Girls Varsity Soccer
Thursday, October 25, 2012 • 9:32pm
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - After Saturday’s county quarter-final upset, the Governor Livingston High School Girl’s varsity soccer team played with with extra motivation to attempt to beat the Summit Hilltoppers. However, Summit strategically chose to rest starters and influential players like Stuart Humphrey, Holly Confalone, and Anna Johnson. In a tight contest, Governor Livingston and Summit tied 2-2 in regulation before both coaches agreed to maintain the tie and rest their teams rather than play a grueling overtime.
The Governor Livingston girls struggled in the first half, but around the fifteen-minute mark senior captain Jennifer French maneuvered the ball behind a Summit defender and scored on Summit’s Jennifer Martino. Soon after, the Summit starters began entering the game. The 1-0 score held at halftime.
Senior captain Anna Johnson tied the game for Summit in the middle of the second half, followed a short while after by a goal from Maddie Gramigna. Both Summit goals involved a scramble in the box, and Summit attackers took advantage of the chaos, found the ball, and quickly put it in the back of the net. Casey Krause, GL’s varsity goalkeeper, recorded her one-hundredth season save for the Highlanders, keeping them at the one goal deficit, down 2-1. The Highlanders fought back and sophomore Julia Stirpe finished a goal off of a cross from Jennifer French to tie the game at 2-2.
At the end of the game, the score remained 2-2. However, with Summit’s county semifinal coming up on Saturday against the number two seeded Westfield, and it being GL’s fifth game in seven days, both coaches agreed that there was no point in continuing the game into overtime.
This was Governor Livingston’s last season game.
“In the last three years, we have reached the sectional semi-finals twice, and the sectional final once. We hope to do better each year as we progress and we are really excited to compete in this year's Group 3 tournament as opposed to the Group 2 tournament that we played in in years past,” said GL senior Captain Alyssa Cranston.
They will open the state tournament at home on Tuesday, October 30 at 2 PM against Warren Hills on the Governor Livingston turf field.