Foster records 12th straight shutout for Bishop Ahr

Bishop Ahr's Sarah Harman (left) goes up for a header during the first half of Tuesday's game. Photo by: Mark R. Sullivan

Bishop Ahr’s Sarah Harman (left) goes up for a header during the first half of Tuesday’s game. Photo by: Mark R. Sullivan

WOODBRIDGE — The Bishop Ahr High School girls soccer team got a pair of goals in the opening three minutes and added four insurance markers in the final 15 to walk away with a 6-0 victory over Colonia Tuesday afternoon.

The win marked the 12th straight shutout for goalkeeper Brianna Foster and the Trojans’ defense, who have allowed just one goal all season long.

Bishop Ahr (12-1) got on top 42 seconds in when Jill Vassallo crossed a perfect ball into the box that Alexa Poveliaitis knocked home and less than three minutes later, Lindsey Scarmozzino tapped home an easy goal right in front of the net to give her teammates all the insurance they needed.

“We had nice energy when we came out today, got up two and kind of relaxed a little bit. We still had control of the game and we had opportunities to add to the lead, but we didn’t finish them,” head coach Jim Tavormina said. “But, we talked at halftime and made a couple of changes and inserted a little bit of energy and started rolling.”

One of those changes was to insert Rielly Mullin to an offensive role and Mullin rewarded her coaches’ faith with a pair of second half goals. Mullin, usually a defensive player in Bishop Ahr’s lineup, converted a cross from Vassallo in the 69th minute and capped the scoring with a tap-in eight minutes later.

“We put Rielly up front and she inserted a good amount of energy up there and she got herself two goals,” Tavormina said. “We just pick each other up and we did a really nice job to finish the deal here on a very nice regular season.”

Vassallo finished with two goals and two assists on the day, the last of which came when she ran through the Colonia defense and faked out goalkeeper Juli Wright for the goal in the 72nd minute.

“I saw the ball going through and I saw the keeper coming at me and I knew I had to go strong and I just made a move around her and it was an easy finish,” Vassallo said.

Since a 1-0 loss to Old Bridge on Sept. 10, Bishop Ahr has not allowed a goal, a span that’s now well over 900 minutes of game time. They’ll have more than a week off before their first GMCT match, but Vassallo doesn’t think that’ll hurt her and her teammates.

“We just need to stay focused and we can’t lack in attention to detail and we need to stay strong in this time off that we have,” she said.

Wright finished with 15 saves for Colonia, who just could not muster an offensive threat to Foster and the rest of the Trojans’ defense.


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