If Middletown High School South girls’ soccer Coach Megan Barry had concerns about bringing in new talent, the recent win over Rumson-Fair Haven should have eased those worries.
The Eagles picked up their first win of the season by edging RFH via a 2-1 score on Sept. 12. The goals were delivered by freshmen Bea Tinoco and Maria DeGregorio.
The Bulldogs scored first and early when junior Kate Hennen made the strike in the seventh minute of the contest. Later in the first half, with 4:09 remaining, Tinoco took a pass from junior forward Lauren Ceurvels and launched a perfectly placed 18-yard shot to the corner of the net. A celebration ensued, and the score was deadlocked at halftime.
The winning goal came on a corner kick that was launched by Grace Gironda. The RFH goalie Katie Walls leaped to slap the ball away. However, the ball bounced into the box, and DeGregorio alertly punched it in for the winning score with 14:09 remaining in the contest.
South junior goalkeeper Allie Greco was credited with 10 saves. She is closing in on the 200-career save milestone with 182 now on the books.
The Eagles faced Freehold Township, the No. 2 ranked team statewide by NJ.com, on opening day. South lost the road contest by a 1-0 score, in a well-played game that was deadlocked at 0-0 up to the 63rd minute of play.