Pioneer Sports Recap 10/18-10/24


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Franklin Markel, Sports Editor

Another intense week of New Providence athletics showcased some big time games, and some conference hardware heading back to where it belongs. Here’s a recap of everything that went down.


The football team didn’t let any Senior Night nerves get in the way of a dominating performance. The team used 28 second quarter points to take a 35-0 halftime lead. They rode that momentum to a 35-7 victory, moving to 6-1 on the year, with one more game before the state playoffs. That game is a Saturday morning road trip to Spotswood on 10/30.

Girls Soccer

The girls soccer squad had an extremely successful week, bringing home some championship pedigree to the already successful program. On Tuesday, the girls defeated Union 2-0, followed by a 1-0 Senior Night victory over J.P Stevens. Then, on Saturday, the girls took care of business in overtime against Kent Place. The overtime goal, scored by Grace Kelly, clinched the Pioneers a conference championship, their first in over a decade. The girls have 2 games this week, starting with a 10/25 matchup at Oak Knoll, before the state tournament starting in early November.

Boys Soccer

The boys soccer team faced its biggest week of the season. In an emotional game against Rahway, the team rallied from second half deficits twice, to send the game to overtime. Then New Providence scored early in the first overtime, to set up a big conference game against GL. The GL game was another emotional one, but this time it was the opponents who grabbed an OT winner, as NP fell 1-0. The squad now faces their last regular season test, a Senior Day encounter with Summit on 10/26.


The volleyball team had two early week games. On Monday, they fell to GL 2-0, followed by a tough 2-1 loss at Rahway. The team used the extra rest to practice and regroup.  The attention is now turned to the state tournament, where NP travels to Highland Park in the first round of states on 11/1.

Girls Tennis

Despite being knocked out of the group tournament, the Pioneers played two more regular season games to close out an extremely successful season. The girls defeated GL 4-1, and fell to a quality Oak Knoll team 3-2. It was an extremely successful campaign for the team, bringing home some signature wins, including a sectional title!


Cross Country

The cross country squad had nothing but time to prepare last week. All that preparation is focused towards the Union County Tournament, taking place on 10/28 in Roselle. It’s the athletes last chance to put up success results before the state playoff meets.