The ongoing fall sport success continued Thursday for the Falcons, as the girls’ soccer team defeated Mahwah 3-1 at The Nest. The second-seeded Falcons are one of four fall teams to win their conference, and are now heading to their state semifinal.
J-Town jumped out to a quick start as they have not been able to in recent games. Within minutes, the Falcons grabbed a 1-0 lead on a Felicia Gall snipe, which was scored on a fantastic pass from fellow senior Madison Eisele.
“I knew that I needed to just brush off mistakes and have a next-play mentality, which is what made today a good one for me and my team,” Gall said on her frustration about her play in the previous game and how she was able to bounce back.
In the next few minutes that confidence would prove pivotal for the Falcons. Before the first ten minutes had passed, the Falcons led 3-0 after Eisele scored herself, and senior Lindsay Mullin got in on the action. It was a full force effort in the first half, as it closed with a 3-0 Falcon lead.
“We are normally a second half team, but that early goal definitely got our confidence up and helped us for the rest of the game,” Gall said on the team’s quick start.
The offense for the Falcons did its job in the first half putting up points, and now it was up to the defense to shut things down for Jefferson. The defense, which has been clutch all season, was up to the task. Although the T-Birds added a goal in the second half, it was too little too late as the stellar Falcons defense was led by Olivia Oberman, Kayla Barbosa, Bryn Fitzgerald, and their stud goaltender Leah Demko.
The Falcons marched off the field with a 3-1 win and a state semifinal bid.
“This team is special,” Oberman said postgame. “We can do something special for the school and the town.”
After this Falcons win, they will wait to find out the next opponent to visit The Nest. They will play the winner of Westwood and West Milford, which will be decided later on Thursday. The semifinal game will take place Monday, November 4 at 2 p.m.