by Rebecca Freer
After a tough loss to Governor Livingston Sept. 16, Westfield boys soccer retaliated with a 6–2 victory last Thursday over GL.
Senior Tri-Captain Matt Williams said: “The game against GL was on the team’s mind all week after the sour taste left from the disappointing loss the previous game…. We were very motivated this game especially as a team because we knew we had to respond and show that the first game was a mistake and wouldn’t happen again.”
Despite senior Tri-Captain Mike Prosuk’s benching due to two yellow cards in the previous game and various injuries of other key players, Westfield did not let these setbacks affect their play. Throughout the first half, Westfield’s defense held strong to allow little action in Westfield’s side.
Senior Brendan Curry said: “Although I wasn’t...on the field, I was able to watch us play a very good game. We were able to keep most of the possession for the game, which led to our well-earned win.”
Thirty seconds in, Westfield demonstrated its determination, as senior Tyler Bansky assisted Williams’ first goal of the game; his second goal was unassisted 17 minutes later. After two unanswered goals, and a strong showing from Westfield, this was only an indication of what was to come.
Westfield ultimately dominated the first half, with two more goals by Williams, assisted by senior Kevin Irving and freshman Michael Birle. Williams scored all four of his goals in under 32 minutes and exhibited a consistently strong performance throughout the game.
Said Irving: “Going into this game, we knew we had something to prove. Since our last game against GL we have improved immensely and that showed on the field. I am excited to see how the team continues to keep progressing and strengthening in the future.”
With a penalty on senior Tri-Captain and goalie Koryn Kraemer, GL was granted a penalty kick which put GL on the scoreboard before the end of the first half.
As the second half began, Westfield was up 4–1 and put in junior goalie Teddy Mebane and Prosuk. Three minutes into the half, GL scored, but Prosuk reciprocated GL’s goal when he scored on an assist from senior Nick Moynihan and shortly after scored again on an assist from senior Alex Shorrock, bringing the lead to 6–2.
Coach Eric Shaw said: “We are moving forward and improving on a daily basis. If the boys continue to work hard and stay committed to doing all the little things on and off the field we will be where we want when the tournaments start.”
The team will play South Plainfield tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. at Tamaques School.