Spartans take down West
The South Caldwell girls' soccer team scored two goals in the final 14 minutes to earn a 2-1 victory over county-rival West Caldwell on Saturday in Sawmills.
"We got out-worked in the first half," said South head coach Elliott Bridges. "I made some adjustments at halftime and we stepped it up in the second half."
The Spartans controlled the majority of the game and created countless scoring opportunities. But with a combination of stellar goaltending and missed shots, the Warriors kept South off the board in the first half.
"We could not find the net," Bridges said. "Some things just weren't falling for us."
Meanwhile, West Caldwell struck first when Lissett Aguilar took a deflection off the South goalkeeper and put the ball in the back of the net to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead with 4:36 to play in the first half.
The Spartans finally tied the game at the 13:44 mark when Macy Proffitt dribbled down the right side of the box and fired a shot just inside the far left post. As the game appeared to be heading for a tie, there was a loose ball in the middle of the box and Lauren Church got a shot off that beat the West goalkeeper to give South a 2-1 advantage with 4:13 to play.
The Warriors were not able to get a shot off in the final minutes and South hung on for the victory.
"We were not aggressive enough," said West head coach Andrew Kanagy. "We weren't winning the balls in the middle of the field. They (South) played well. They kept the pressure on us."
South Caldwell will next play on Tuesday, March 12 at Fred T. Foard. West Caldwell will play at Patton on Monday at 7 p.m.