Lady Hilltoppers roll by East Rutherford, 4-0
R-S Central girls’ soccer continued a dominant week on Friday with a 4-0 win over East Rutherford.
“Since the Chase loss we’ve practiced different, we’ve played different and I just think we woke up,” R-S Central head coach Scott Rumfelt said.
“We didn’t give our best effort tonight. Point blank,” East Rutherford (0-5-1 SMAC) head coach Neil Van Dyke said. “We were missing two heavy-minute players and that hurt us. They’ve been banged up so I’m gave them the night off and it showed.”
After losing their first rivalry game of the season, a 2-1 overtime defeat at Chase, the Lady Hilltoppers (4-3 SMAC) capitalized on their second county matchup.
“You don’t want to hold them back but you don’t want them to go and grab unnecessary yellow card either,” Rumfelt said about coaching in a rivalry match. “At Chase it worked against us but tonight we came out, played hard and played within ourselves.”
“I know a rivalry game will be intense and we just didn’t match their intensity,” Van Dyke said.
Emily McLaughlin led the way once again for Central with two goals and two assists including an impressive top corner shot from 20 yards out in the 69th minute for the final goal of the game. McLaughlin had the same stat line in a 7-0 win over East Burke on Wednesday to bring her weekly totals to four goals and four assists.
Emily Wilson and Taylor Williamson also had goals for the Hilltoppers in the win.
“The passing at times today was brilliant. It was beautiful,” Rumfelt said. “If we can continue to keep that up we can compete with any team in the conference.”
“There was a lot of confusion that I haven’t seen this year on defense,” Van Dyke said. “We’re usually not that disorganized and we need to clean some of that up.”
R-S Central hopes to keep the momentum going on Tuesday when they travel to Burns while the Lady Cavaliers will go for their first win of the season that same day as they host Chase.
“If you’re going to do anything in this conference you have to go through Burns,” Rumfelt said. “We’re going to go down there to win. If we play as well as we did today it’ll be a good soccer match.”