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Bucs’ surge in second half keys win over Matawan in season opener

The Red Bank Regional High School girls soccer team’s quest to win the 2022 Shore Conference B North Division title began with an impressive victory over Matawan Regional High School on Sept. 8 in Aberdeen Township.

The Buccaneers and the Huskies played to a 2-2 standoff after 40 minutes.

After the halftime break the Bucs scored three unanswered goals in the second half to lock up a 5-2 victory on the road in their season opener.

“Our goal was to win this game for our division,” Coach Ashley Rosenberg said. “Coming off a 2-2 game at halftime, it was really important for us to stay focused and keep it simple. I was really happy for them (the players).”

The Bucs broke the tie 13 minutes into the second half by executing on a corner kick. Senior Kelsey Peduto drove her kick into the box, where Abigail Murphy headed it toward the net. The ball found senior Ellie Lynch, who was in the right spot to knock it into the net for a 3-2 lead.

“We needed a goal to come back from that tie, so it felt really good to get one in and keep the momentum going,” said Lynch, who scored twice.

In the 62nd minute, junior Samantha Henry scored to put the Bucs ahead 4-2. Henry also had an assist in the contest.

Senior Emily Juco capped the win in the 76th minute when she beat the Matawan keeper on a breakaway to give Red Bank a 5-2 lead.

The five goals tied for the most goals Red Bank has scored in a game during the past three seasons.

“I think we really picked up our game (in the second half),” Lynch said. “We wanted to get those goals and we did that.”

Junior Carolyn McCallion scored a goal and added an assist in the win.

Lily Moraller, Camryn Gardner, Aileen Monahan and Sophia Callano have returned in 2022 with varsity experience to help pace the squad in its bid to win B North honors.

Rosenberg was pleased to welcome back junior midfielder Leila Castell, who ran cross country during the 2021 fall season.

Freshmen Riley Joyce, Kate Meulener and Harper Brechman are expected to make an impact, the coach said. Brechman got the start in net against the Huskies.

“She settled in nicely and made some big saves” in the second half, Rosenberg said of Brechman.

With several returning players and a promising group of newcomers, Rosenberg said one of the team’s primary goals will be to win a division title.

“We want to win the games we are supposed to win. We need to take everything one game at a time,” the coach said.

The Bucs will host Point Pleasant Beach High School at home in Little Silver on Sept. 12 and then host B North foe Neptune High School on Sept. 14.

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