by Liam Datwani
The WHS varsity boys soccer team won the UCIAC semi-final match against Summit last Sunday with a final score of 1–0 at Kean University.Westfield dominated the first half of the game with a strong offense led by senior Tri-Captain Michael Prosuk and a stout defense directed by senior Alex Shorrock.
The team had multiple opportunites on goal throughout the first half but they were unable to convert. Summit pushed Westfield hard in the tail end of the first half, but Westfield stayed strong.
Said Prosuk: “The game was a pretty good competition. We knew it was going to be a tough game, but we just stepped up since we wanted to make it to the final.”
The first half ended with a score of 0–0, but Westfield earned a penalty kick in the first few minutes of the second half. Prosuk was able to find the back of the net, scoring Westfield’s first and ultimately decisive goal.
After the goal, Summit pushed Westfield hard with a rejuvenated offense. The second half was close in ball possession and neither Summit nor Westfield was able to gain an advantage.
Senior goalie and Tri-Captain Koryn Kraemer said: “I thought overall we were excellent defensively. Summit only had three tries on goal.... As far as the midfield, they worked hard and did not allow [Summit] to slip the ball through.”
Westfield and Summit both fought hard toward the end of the second half, but Summit wasn’t able to score, giving Westfield the 1–0 win.
Said Head Coach Eric Shaw: “We have been very pleased with the way we have been playing, not giving up goals, obviously, and as a plus, I didn’t see us giving in today. I thought we were deserving of a goal in the first half by the way we had played, but we found a goal the second half and took it.”
The team will compete next in the UCIAC finals against SPF tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Kean University.