For the first 50 minutes of their Greater Middlesex Conference White Division showdown, the Sayreville and Bishop Ahr girls soccer teams played as evenly a game as you could possibly imagine Thursday night.
After the Bombers tied the game 10 minutes into the second half, however, Bishop Ahr caught fire and the fourth-ranked Trojans defeated the No. 5 Bombers, 3-1, taking a two-game lead a top the White Division.
It marks the second time this season that Bishop Ahr (8-1, 8-0 White Division) got the best of Sayreville.
The first meeting between the two was a 6-1 blowout victory by the Trojans. However, Bishop Ahr walked away from this game knowing they defeated a much different Sayreville (6-2, 6-2 White Division) team this time around.
“They were focused,” Bishop Ahr coach Jim Tavormina said of Sayreville. “We knew we were going to see a totally different Sayreville team today. They came at us physically. It was a really well played game.”
One of the standouts of the game was Bishop Ahr’s Claire Dundon.
Dundon, who returned to game action last week after breaking her wrist in the first game of the season against South Plainfield, was responsible for putting the Trojans on top for good in the 67th minute.
After Sayreville tied it 1-1 at the 50th minute courtesy of Alissa Godwin, Dundon took possession of the ball just over midfield.
Surprisingly, Dundon was unchallenged as she dribbled deep into the Bombers’ zone .
Because of the matador defense on the part of the Bombers, Dundon was happy to oblige with a tie-breaking goal that she ripped past Sayreville goalkeeper Kelly Raub.
“It’s happened to me a lot,” Dundon said, referring to not being guarded so deep into an opponent’s zone. “Sometimes against really aggressive teams they’ll step towards you and I’ll adjust my game and distribute the ball faster. But, I noticed the center back that was guarding me held off to try and watch my move. I decided to turn and see what I could do before she stepped.”
The victory almost assures Bishop Ahr a divisional crown barring a monumental collapse down the stretch.
“It feels great,” Tavormina said. “We love all the competition. There’s a lot of good competition in the White. I’m proud of my girls.”
Along with Dundon, Bishop Ahr received goals from Lindsay Scarmozzino at the 19th minute of the first half, which gave the Trojans a 1-0 advantage, and Tonilynn Taranto on a corner kick at the 79th minute that made the score 3-1. Alexa Povelaitis had the assist on the Scarmozzino goal.