Jillian Nagy found it hard to sleep on Wednesday night, the eve before her debut as a varsity head coach for Sayreville High School’s girls soccer team.
The anticipation and buildup to the game had the rookie head coach a bit on edge before her Bombers would square off against Edison.
However, when the final horn sounded, the rough night of sleep and nervous energy would prove to be worth it as the Bombers, ranked No. 8 in The Home News Tribune Top 10, defeated Edison, 2-0, in a Greater Middlesex Conference White Division matchup Thursday afternoon.
“It’s priceless,” Nagy said, on what her first career victory meant to her. “I had some of these girls on my middle school team so watching them grow and play as varsity players means a lot. There aren’t many words that I can put this into. It’s an awesome win and I’m happy for the girls.”
Sayreville, the co-defending White Division champions from a year ago, had an inauspicious start to the game with Edison, spending a bulk of the first 25 minutes in Sayreville’s zone.
“For the first 20-25 minutes I felt we were really dominating and felt as though we missed some opportunities,” Edison coach Maria Leonow said.
Unlike the first half, the opportunities the Eagles would have in the second half were few and far between as the Bombers, once sluggish for most of the first 40 minutes of play, proceeded to go on the attack after intermission.
At the 48th minute of play Sayreville forward Alissa Godwin scored the Bombers’ first goal of the season after the senior captain stole the ball away from an Edison defender and found herself one-on-one with Eagles goaltender Kerry Eskay. A quick little move to the right and Godwin put Sayreville up 1-0.
With the game still hanging in the balance, it was one of Nagy’s former middle school players that put the game on ice.
Junior forward Tori Monte received a pass from teammate Jackie Nunes off of a free kick, was able to gather possession, and sneak it past Eskay to put the game away for good at the 77th minute.
“Nagy is an awesome coach,” Monte said. “She’s helped me a lot coming into this season.”
In a combined effort, goaltenders Kelly Raub and Jackie O’Connor were able to keep Edison off the board.