The No. 4 seed in a county tournament and a 9-6-1 record and is nothing to sneeze at — a lot of teams around would take that resume and run with it. But there’s no denying that the expectations are a little bit higher than that for East Brunswick, the most dominant program in the history of the Greater Middlesex Conference.
A 2-0 victory against Prep power Pennington on Monday may be the start of achieving those expectations.
East Brunswick coach Kevin Brady didn’t sound panicked before the match, but he didn’t deny that there had been some disappointing moments so far this year — four one-goal losses on the campaign came to mind. Throughout the season, Brady says his team has maintained composure, and learned from the struggles.
"It’s tremendous," Brady said of the win over Pennington. "The kids, they’ve been tremendous all year as they’ve had to deal with tough moments. They’re not used to being on the bad luck side of a couple of these results. But they’ve kept positive and they’ve given themselves a chance to be successful. And that’s the key at the end in a game like this."
Pennington was playing without star defender Alana Cook, and the East Brunswick offense took advantage of her absence. Senior forward Sydney Rosa was the offensive spark plug as she has been for most of the season, generating chances throughout the game and scoring the only two goals of the game.