September 5, 2015
ALLENDALE — Ever since Northern Highlands was upset by Immaculate Heart in the Bergen County Tournament final last season, it has been looking for a way to get back into the top spot.
On Saturday, Northern Highlands, No. 2 in the NJ.com Top 20, proved that it deserves to be considered the top team in the state a 3-1 win over nationally-ranked Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa, Calif. Maria Carrillo defeated No. 1 IHA, 4-2, on Friday afternoon.
“We were e xtremely motivated.,” Northern Highlands forward Ariel Somple said. “Watching IHA, they’re a really good team, but from Maria Carrillo, we knew (Madison Gonzalez) had to be marked and we had to play our game. 1-2 touch. That’s huge for us and now we just have to be IHA. We’re excited for it.”
Somple scored the first of three unanswered goals for Northern Highlands.
” It’s so special, and especially with our loss last year, this puts us in a position to where we were able to prove ourselves,” Senior midfielder Casey Richards said. “We’ve been working so hard since August 11 to come out here and beat this team and we did it.”
” We’ve been in this circumstance to have the target on our back and we’ll see what happens,” Northern Highlands coach Tara Madigan said. “For right now, we’re just going to enjoy this.”
Northern Highlands is scheduled to play Immaculate Heart on the road on Oct. 30.