HOPEWELL TWP.--- One of Delsea’s most successful girls soccer seasons came to an end on Tuesday night.
The Crusaders dropped a 1-0 result to Governor Livingston in the Group 2 semifinals on Tuesday at Hopewell Valley.
After playing a strong second half in which they created a good amount of chances, the Crusaders were done in by a late goal from Governor Livingston freshman Allie Post with 10 minutes remaining.
“We were possessing and I was worried about a quick counter attack from them and that’s kind of what happened,” Delsea head coach Misty Russo said. “I feel we had some opportunities and just got unlucky. That was a thought that we were going to move the ball and they were going to counter.”
Delsea’s best opportunity came in the middle of the second half, when a header off a free kick struck the top-left part of the post.
As the shot flew toward the net, many in Delsea red in the crowd thought they’d be celebrating a one-goal lead.
“I think we played really well,” Russo said. “We possessed the ball and moved the ball. We had our opportunities. You have to think you’re unlucky when you hit the crossbar, you miss three or four shots just wide.”
“It just hurts because when you’re that close, and I think we played well. I told them at the end it’s better than thinking we could’ve left more on the field and have regrets. For whatever reason, it wasn’t our night tonight.”
The defeat ended a fantastic season for the Crusaders in which they won their first sectional title in 25 years.
“It’s been amazing to accomplish what hasn’t been done in 25 years.” Russo said. “It’s such a close team. They work so hard. They believe in each other and to be able to get back to this spot is definitely special.”
“Any loss hurts if you’re passionate about sports,” Russo said. “There’s no highs and lows like sports, but I think after some time passes and we reflect on what we accomplished, we have to be proud of what we produced this year.”