The Courier-News from Bridgewater, New Jersey on November 26, 1977 · Page 35
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erkIy takes s By CLIFFORD SMITH Courier-News Sports Writer 'T. ' ?!' - -V t ir.J." . Cauri-Mn PMo By Fred KKMV THERE GOES THE BALL .and there go players from Governor Livingston, right, and Lawrence during Group 2 state championship soccer match, won by the Berkeley Heights school 3-2. Jersey Oaks seeking crown xn auvstkiJ) The Jersey Oaks are just one step away from the New York Football League championship game. II the Oaks, who've already won a pair of playoff games, can knock off the Long Island Giants Sunday. Coach LaVerne Hunter's troops will meet the Brooklyn Golden Knights for the title. Sunday's 12:30 p.m. battle at Seidler Field is a special elimination game, since the Giants were reinstated in the postseason action last week. They had been disqualified because one of their players had struck an official during the season, but a New York court allowed tbem back. The game, which will be held regardless of the weather conditions, again allows the Oaks to showcase quarterback Glenn Morgan, tne league s top passer. His favortie targets are flanker Joe Henry, who's grabbed 11 touchdown passes, split end Ray Oxner of Elizabeth and tight end Tom Knmpa. In the Oaks' offensive backfield are top rasher Larry Parker and South PlainfieU's Don Fiore. Returning to one of the league's best defensive units is end Chris Olson, who's moved from linebacker. George Haefner, now up to 230 pounds, has also made the shift from end to tackle. Among the other defensive standouts are tackle Jock Garcia, end Ed Mitchell and linebacker Glenn Waltshuk. WEST WINDSOR Sophomore Tim Carlin scored his second goal of the game with 28 seconds left in the first overtime period to break a 2-2 tie and lead Governor Livingston to the Group 2 State Championship in high school soccer yesterday at Mercer County Park. "It was a dream come true," said coach Jerry Benton. "The kids played their hearts out." The Highlanders' 3-2 comeback win over powerful Lawrence in the finals was a hard-fought match as an estimated 500 people saw the lead change bands three times. Down 2-1 in the third quarter, Berkeley Heights' Roger Norman fed Dong Ewertsen on tne eii siue. nc passm ahead to Carlin who, as be shot the ball, ran into the defensman, Ron.Kraemer. The ball went in the net and both officials, Jim Nunery and John Downey, ruled it a goaL "I thought it was a foul," said Lawrence coach Louis Angerorandt. "He pushed him and it should have been called. It's a judgment calL what are you going to do?" Benton was awarded with the championship trophy at rnidfield after the , game. "This trophy is a representation of our whole program," the four-year Livingston coach said. "It takes a great team to come back and win." The Highlanders, 15-6-1, won the North Jersey Section 2 Group 2 crown and then defeated Sparta, the Section 1 winners, 3-2 on Tuesday, to earn the right to meet Lawrence in the finals. Lawrence, which defeated South Jersey champ Delran 3-1 in the semis, represent the Central Jersey division. Governvor Livingston scored first at the 9:04 mark of the opening period. Junior Brian Kokon beaded Carlin's corner kick past goalie Chris Carpenter for the tally as the the Highlander fans went wild. Lawrence's Joe Pascarella evened the score at one when he took a pass from John Mansfield at the 14:20 mark of the first quarter. The play developed when three Livingston players converged on the ball in front of the net The ball squirted loose miiori nn the left side toward the baseline. After a scramble for it, Mansfield found Pascarella on the right side of the goal crease. His pass was perfect and Pascarella had an open side to shoot at. Governor Livingston substituted freely, as always, and Lawrence started to put more pressure on in the second period. Mike Simonds took a pass on the right side of the perimeter. He deked right, went left, the defensemaa fell down and Simonds scored to put Lawrence ahead 2-L Both teams had scoring opportunities throughout the game but either a great save or a missed shot kept the score close. Carlin's game and championship-winning goal came when be took a shot from the left side. The ball bounced high as goalie Chis Carpenter leaped for it. But be was only able to get a piece of the ball and it trickled off his fingertips and fell behind him for the score. It is the first state championship for the Berkley Heights school and for Benton as a head coach. It is the third year the Highlanders have gone to the finals, losing, in 1970 and 1372. Governor Livingston previously won the Group 2 sectional in 1975. Lawrence, 11-4-5, won the state title in seven of the last 11 years. Last year Verona defeated Angerbrandt's squad 1-0 in the finals. Also in 1976, Verona beat Governor Livingston to win the sectional crown. After Carlin's overtime goal, Benton kept on yelling "Pride, be tough, have self -pride." Unlike sodden death overtime, when a soccer match is tied at the end of regulation time, there are two five minute overtime periods that have to be played through, regardless of how many goals are scored in the extra periods. This means Carlin's tally did not end the game and Lawrence still had a chance to win-On Benton's Governor Livingston jacket the word 'Pride' appears, written into an emblazoned soccer ball. When asked about it, Benton replied, "Pride is important to as. It's my philosophy. It takes a lot of luck to get here, and a lot of discipline, determination and self -pride." - K HEADS UP BALL is being played during Group 2 state soccer championship. High School football season still has one more week As has been the case for decades. Thanksgiving Day brought down the curtain on much of the local high school football scene. There are four lucky teams, however, that still have to go through one more week of practice, chalk sessions and emotional preparation as another game looms on the horizon. Unbeatens Westfield and J.P. Stevens of Edison along with Somerville and Dunellen are readying for Saturday's NJSIAA sectional championship battles. But there still is one game on today's schedule, that being played at 1:30 p.m. ia Summit- The HiUtoppers will entertain New Providence in a Suburban Con ference tussle which was postpone! Thursday. New Providence is looking for its fourth straight victory over the host team, which won the first two games in the short series. Coach Gary Kehler's Westfield squad, virtually everyone's No. 1 team in the state, will defend its North Jersey 2, Group 4 crown next weeka gainst another unbeaten dub, Barringer, at Giants Stadium. Westfield has rolled to 10 onesided victories this fall, the most recent a 38-0 thrashing of ThankseiviiMr Day rival Plainfield. The Blue Devils have won 20 in a row and are unbeaten in their last 23 outings. Also trying for its second successive sectional title will be Somerville. which will visit Hightstown for the Central Jersey Group 3 showdown. The Pioneers (9-1), led by coach Jerry Moore, captured Group 2 honors last year after getting knocked out by Red Bank the year before in the first round. A winner of nine straight since an opening-day tie with Union, JJ?. Stevens made its post-season debut last week with a 28-14 triumph over Hunterdon Central and win host Middletown-North for Central Jersey Group 4 laurels. Once-beaten DuneHen will attempt to avenge last fall's first-round setback to Highland Park when the Destroyers host the Central Jersey Group 1 championship encounter. DuneDen, which lost a controversial decision at Pope Pius (Pa.), surprised South Hunterdon 24-15 in the opening round and came back to throtUe Green Brook 21-0 oa Thanksgiving Day ia the regular-season finale.

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