Somerset County Tournament semifinals
Ridge 3, Bernards 2 (OT): Jenny Biehl found the back of the cage with 40 seconds left in the first overtime on Saturday to send the Ridge High School field hockey team to a 3-2 triumph over Bernards in the Somerset County Tournament semifinals.
The third-seeded Red Devils (10-3) will make their first appearance in the SCT title game since 2005 when they do battle with top-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan. The final will commence 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount St. Mary Academy’s Angels of Victory Field in Watchung.
Mountaineers’ Emma Christus was awarded a penalty stroke with no time remaining in regulation, but Ridge goalie Kylie West made a championship-saving stop to send the game to overtime.
Devon Brown and Izzy Behrins also contributed goals for Ridge, which will look to avenge a 9-3 loss to Bridgewater-Raritan during the regular season when the teams meet in the final.
For second-seeded Bernards (12-3), Lauren Crane assisted Emma Christus on a goal, and Sam Siegle tied to game at 2 with a score with 5:45 remaining.
Bernards outshot Ridge 22-13 and won penalty corners 13-8, but West stood on her head and compiled 13 saves. Kristen Mylanarski stopped seven shots for Bernards.
“The biggest thing for us is the leadership,” said Ridge coach Kimberly Clark. “We got together back in June and set some goals and talked about what we needed to do to reach those goals, and the county championship was at the top of the list. We’ve always kept in mind our goal, and were willing to do anything in order to achieve it.”
Bridgewater-Raritan 4, Montgomery 0: Emily Miller posted two goals and one assist, and teammates Mackenzie Knouse and Kelly Watson scored one goal each to send top-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan to its seventh consecutive Somerset County Tournament final.
Elyse Pyle stopped three shots for the Panthers (13-1).
Kiran Sunduram turned aside 13 shots for fifth-seeded Montgomery (7-7).
Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament quarterfinals
Hunterdon Central 2, Sparta 1: Kailey Dalgauer and Jane Higley scored one goal each, while Kendall Nickel dished out two assists as No. 3B Hunterdon Central upset 2A Sparta. The Red Devils (12-2) will matchup with No. 5B Hacketstown in Saturday’s semifinals.
Voorhees 3, Lenape Valley 2 (OT): Ashley Kerekgyarto, Abby Flagler and Tori Crans provided the goals for No. 2B Voorhees. Kathryn Roncoroni notched two assists for the Vikings (12-3), who will pay a visit to No. 1B High Point in the semifinals.
Hackettstown 3, South Hunterdon 2 (OT): Samantha Strathern and Sierramarie Fitzgerald scored for No. 5B Hackettstown, which won in a shootout as it eliminated No. 1B South Hunterdon. The Tigers defeated the Eagles, 3-1, in penalty strokes. Ashley Eick and Brett Lelie each scored in the first half for South Hunterdon (12-3).
South Planfield 6, Old Bridge 0: Shannon Hughes scored three goals — all assisted by Jess Bishop — in the first half for South Plainfield. Charlotte Macchia added a pair of goals, while Kaitlyn Hughes had the other goal for the Tigers (13-1). Demiera Lockhart posted a hat trick for Old Bridge (2-10).
Livingston 2, Gov. Livingston 1 (OT): Erica Frezza assisted Jessica Minkoff on a first-half goal, and Amalia Heissler turned asided five shots for Gov. Livingston (2-10-1).
East Brunswick 2, Monroe 0: Taylor McNamara scored a pair of goals and Emily Polinski halted seven shots for East Brunswick (11-3-1). Zoe Rosen made nine saves for Monroe (6-7).