PHOTOS: Caldwell Girls Soccer Tops Hackettstown, 3-2
Team advances to Group 2 North 2 section semi-final with thrilling penalty kick shootout victory!
It's November, so it must be time for Caldwell girls soccer to go on a run.
The Chiefs went on a winning streak last season at this time and made it to the state sectional finals in the state playoffs before being ousted by Hackettstown.
Caldwell had a chance to avenge that loss on Friday as the third-seeded Chiefs finally got a chance to play the Tigers at the Essex County Vocational School field after the match had been rescheduled a couple of times.
The Chiefs avenged the loss from last season in penalty kicks. After 100 minutes did not decide the state playoff quarterfinal, the Chiefs could finally move on to the Group 2 North 2 state semi-finals on Monday with a 3-2 win over the Hackettstown Tigers. Caldwell raised its record to 9-8-3.
Caldwell faces another familiar foe on Monday in the semi-finals as the Chiefs travel to second-seeded Madison on Monday at 2 p.m. The Chiefs defeated the Dodgers, 3-2, last year in the first round of the tournament.
In the 2010 contest, Gabby Roselle scored the game-winner in overtime. A Caldwell win over Madison this season would send the Chiefs into the sectional final on Thursday.
Against Hackettstown, Emily Banasyznski, Gabby Roselle and Val Corasaniti registered goals for the Chiefs. On the other side of the coin, Caldwell goal keeper Carleigh Trivino gave up two of the five shots; the Chiefs keeper caught the last penalty kick, a line drive.
"This was 10 times better beating them (today) than last year's streak," said Trivino in reference to winning 10 games last season in a row. She added about the last save. "It was just a gut feeling. I looked at her eyes and saw where she was going to kick the ball."
After the line-drive save, the rest of the Caldwell players came running onto the field.
Roselle started the penalty kicks with a shot past Hackettstown keeper Elena Reitmeyer. "We are just so confident going into the games," said Roselle about the positive vibe that pervades through the team, especially in the state tournament.
After Roselle's penalty kick hit the back of the net, Banasyznski and Corasaniti were successful with their kicks.
Coming in to the game, it was nice for Caldwell to be at home. Last year, Hackettstown was the second seed in the section, while Caldwell was the ninth seed. This year it was pretty much the reverse with the Chiefs as the third seed and Hackettstown as the sixth seed.
Both teams battled back and forth in the first half, when all the regulation scoring took place, Caldwell received goals from Jamie Hreniuk and Roselle, while the Tigers came back and received goals from Azra Buljko and Katie Hutton to eventually send the game into overtime.