Girls soccer overpowers Oak Knoll to advance to UCT Final

Peter Warren

After defeating Oak Knoll 3-0 earlier in the week, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School girls soccer team doubled that scoreline as they cruised to a 6-0 victory over the Royals at Arthur L. Johnson High School on Oct. 25.
The Raiders scored three goals in each half and had control for almost the whole game. Sophomore Kerri McNeely opened the scoring when she scored off of an Erika Muskus rebound about 13 minutes into the game.
Junior Sophie Brause made it 2-0 soon after when she scored after a scramble in the box. Eight minutes after that, Muskus redirected a ball that was chipped into the back of the next to extend the lead once again.
Less than five minutes after the restart, junior Alyssa DiFrancesco made the score 4-0 when she put the ball past the Royal keeper for the goal.
Sabrina DiLollo scored the fifth goal when she tapped in ball that was chipped over the keeper by Annie Pierce. The sixth and final goal was scored by Amanda Logie in the waning minutes of the second half.
While there were few chances for the Royals to score, Raider goalkeeper Andrea Leitner always shut them down.
“I think we came out with a lot of energy and a lot of heart,” Leitner said, “we talked about their tactics and what they try to do and we executed very well.”
With the final set for this Saturday, Oct. 31 against rival Westfield, coach Kevin Ewing hopes his team can continue what they have been doing.
“Keep playing high pressure soccer,” Ewing said, “keeping playing the ball to feet, and attacking the net.”