Union girls’ soccer off to fine 6-1 start; Farmers play at undefeated Westfield (7-0) Sept. 28

Miller-People leads in goals with 9 and is tied for assists with Alfano at 7 each

FILE PHOTOS – Union junior forward Kayla Miller-People, No. 24 in white, leads the Farmers in goals with nine and is tied for the team lead in assists with seven.
Union junior forward Nicole Alfano has two goals and seven assists in Union’s first seven games. She is tied for the team lead in assists with junior forward Kayla Miller-People.

Three weeks into the season and we have three solid Group 4 schools vying for supremacy in Union County. All competing for the Union County Conference’s Watchung Division championship, Westfield began the week 6-0 overall, Union 6-1 and Scotch Plains 5-1.
As of Monday, the Watchung Division standings had Westfield first at 2-0, Scotch Plains second at 2-1 and Union third at 1-1.
Union’s only loss going into today’s big 4 p.m. division game at Westfield was a 2-1 setback at Scotch Plains on Sept. 16.
Westfield handed Scotch Plains its only loss, defeating the Raiders 1-0 Scotch Plains on Sept. 9. The Blue Devils have outscored their first six foes by an impressive 17-0 margin. Westfield was scheduled to host Kearny Tuesday.

Westfield defeated Kearny 7-1 Tuesday at home and is now 7-0 and has outscored the opposition by a 24-1 count.

The Farmers opened with four wins that saw them outscore the opposition by a wide 19-4 combined score. Union followed the Scotch Plains loss with consecutive shutout home victories over Kent Place 3-0 on Sept. 20 and over division foe Cranford 2-0 last Saturday.
Union standout junior forward Kayla Miller-People leads the Farmers in goals scored with nine, with junior Kayla Lima right behind her with seven. Tied for the team lead in assists with seven were Miller-People and fellow junior forward Nicole Alfano.
Senior goalkeeper Caitlyn Finnerty registered a total of 41 saves in Union’s first seven matches.

HERE’S A LOOK AT UNION’S 6-1 START:

Sept. 5: Union 2, Summit 1 – at Summit

Sept. 9: Union 4, New Providence 1 – at Union

Sept. 12: Union 6, Elizabeth 1 – at Elizabeth

Sept. 14: Union 7, Rahway 1 – at Union

Sept. 16: Scotch Plains 2, Union 1 – at Scotch Plains

Sept. 20: Union 3, Kent Place 0 – at Union

Sept. 23: Union 2, Cranford 0 – at Union

REMAINING REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:

Sept. 28 at Westfield, 4 p.m.

Oct. 3 South Plainfield, 7 p.m.

Oct. 5 Union Catholic, 4 p.m.

Oct. 10 Westfield, 4 p.m.

Oct. 17 Scotch Plains, 4 p.m.

Oct. 19 at Union Catholic, 4 p.m.

Oct. 20 at East Side, 4 p.m.

Oct. 23 at Gov. Livingston, 4 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Cranford, 4 p.m.

Oct. 27 Bloomfield, 4 p.m.

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