Hight­stown picks up third straight vic­tory

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - By Kyle Franko kfranko@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @kj_franko on Twit­ter

HIGHT­STOWN » There’s no bet­ter feel­ing for a goal scorer than to see the ball hit the back of the net.

Jo­haira Perez, the Hight­stown girls soc­cer team’s lead­ing scorer from last sea­son, is now up and run­ning.

Perez scored her side’s first two goals to give her four in the last three games and the Rams knocked off Hamil­ton, 7-1, on Satur­day morn­ing.

“I’m just happy that I’m play­ing with them be­cause I love my team,” Perez said. “It all comes down to men­tal­ity and want­ing to push your­self more.”

Raya Mount also added a pair of goals, while Ken­dra Power, Emma Sh­wom and Jamie Seip were also on tar­get for the Rams (3-1), who have won three straight since an open­ing-day, 8-1, de­feat to Al­len­town.

Hight­stown has outscored op­po­nents, 14-2, dur­ing this three-game win­ning streak.

“Con­sid­er­ing how we started out, for us to change our style of play a lit­tle bit, change our po­si­tion­ing on the field and start putting goals in the back of the net it’s boosted our con­fi­dence a lit­tle bit,” Rams coach Sa­man­tha Biondi said. “It helps us pick our head up mov­ing for­ward.”

Hight­stown ac­tu­ally won three of its first four games last sea­son, too, and then didn’t win again un­til the first round of the state tour­na­ment. That his­tory isn’t likely to be re­peated. “More than one,” Biondi said with a laugh. “The way we’ve been play­ing I fore­see us win­ning more than one.”

“We have re­ally good play­ers this year and re­ally good tal­ent,” Perez said. “We’re bring­ing that out to the field more now and we’re be­ing more ag­gres­sive, so we’re happy about that.”

Perez is on pace to top the 11 goals she scored last sea­son.

“Not only does she have the skill and tal­ent, but she’s the one kid on the field who picks ev­ery­body up,” Biondi said. “She mo­ti­vates ev­ery­body and even if we’re down, she’s the first one to tell ev­ery­body to pick their heads up. Her mo­ti­va­tion on the field is a huge im­pact for our team.”

Lauren Kor­pics scored from the spot in the sec­ond half for the Hor­nets (1-3). Hamil­ton (1-3) 0 1 - 1

Hight­stown (3-1) 6 1 - 7

Goals: Kor­pics (Ham). Perez 2, Mount 2, Power, Sh­wom, Seip (Hi); As­sists: McConnell, Mor­ris, O’Leary, Mount, Pineda (Hi); Shots: 5 (Ham). 21 (Hi); Saves: Mee­han 8 (Ham). Fox 1, Lynch 2 (Hi).

JOHN BLAINE/ FOR THE TREN­TO­NIAN

Hight­stown’s Jo­haira Perez, cen­ter, moves the ball be­tween Hamil­ton’s Ari­anna Ven­celler, left, and Tay­lor Schwartz, right, dur­ing Satur­day’s game.

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