Girls soccer wins ninth union county championship


Suzanne Jackson

On Friday Oct. 26 the Lady Raiders won their ninth straight Union County Championship. Sophomore Corinne Lyght scored both goals to win the game for the raiders over top seeded Cranford.
“It was a crazy feeling when we won,” Lyght said. “It felt amazing because the team has worked so hard for this moment and it felt great that we could finally celebrate being county champs.”
The first goal came during the 11th minute of the game. Sophomore Holly Nelson received a ball off the cross bar and fired at Cranford goalkeeper Amanda Vath; while she got a hand to it, Lyght hopped on the rebound to finish.
Lyght sealed the win for Scotch Plains during the 78th minute with an assist by junior midfielder Lizzie Ley.
“We have been working for a long time to prepare for this year,” Lyght said. “Over the summer we would run together and train together. We have been working so hard to improve our weaknesses and also work together as a team.”
The defense lead by senior captain Maggie Traina, were able to hold Cranford strikers back for a majority of the game.
“For states, we are trying to stay focused and take it one game at a time. We are pushing each other at practice and we hope to make a run at the sectional title,” said Lyght.  
The girls are expected to play in the NJSIAA section quarter finals Friday Nov. 2 at 2:00pm at Wexler field versus Piscataway.