Who: No. 1 seed Scotch Plains-Fanwood (15-1-2) vs. No. 3 seed Governor Livingston (16-3)
When/Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday/Kean University, Union
How they got here: No. 1 Scotch Plains-Fanwood defeated No. 8 Brearly 4-2; and No. 4 Elizabeth 1-0. No. 3 Governor Livingston defeated No. 11 Union 5-1; and No. 2 Westfield 2-1 (5-4 PKs).
Scotch Plains-Fanwood Report: The Raiders, the defending UCT champs, are making their second consecutive trip to the UCT final after defeating Westfield 1-0 in last year’s final. They’ve won 15 county titles overall, but failed to hoist the crown between 2007 and 2010. This is a possession-oriented club that strikes when given the opportunity. Offensively, they’re led by Andrew Leischner (8g, 9a), Colin Stripling (7g, 5a) and Morgan Ellman (9g). Longtime Raiders coach Tom Breznitsky calls this particular team perhaps the best he’s had in nearly four decades at the helm. A 1-0 defeat three weeks ago to St. Benedict’s, the No. 1 team in the nation, shows that SP-F can play with anybody.
Governor Livingston Report: The Highlanders are making their first appearance in the UCT final since 1994, and they very much earned their way here with a gut-wrenching defeat of a very solid Westfield club in the semifinals via penalty kicks. The best way to describe this team, coached by Bruno Somma, is that it’s an offensive juggernaut. The Highlanders average nearly three goals per game and are led offensively by Julian Light (18g, 11a), Anthony Olivera (17g, 6a) and Dylan Weitz (9g, 16 a). Goakeeper Jacob Topor has seven shut outs. This will be the first meeting of the season between Governor Livingston and Scotch Plains-Fanwood.
Prediction: Scotch Plains-Fanwood 3-2
Staff Writer Joe Martino