HAMILTON — Stella Cerniglia is in such good goal-scoring form that it only took her 16 seconds to find the back of the net.
Cerniglia scored the first of her two goals straight from the opening kick off and the Robbinsville girls soccer team got all the offense it needed in the game’s first minute as it cruised past Hamilton West, 5-0, on Tuesday afternoon at the Carl ‘Ace ‘ Abbott Soccer Complex.
“I was just thinking that we had to get to the goal because that’s why we’re here,” said Cerniglia, who took a pass from freshman Emily Morgan and slid the ball past the goalkeeper. “We all worked together as a team. I may have got it in the goal, but we all worked together.”
Cerniglia, a sophomore, was coming off a hat trick in the Ravens’ last game and quickly added a second in the eighth minute when she met Lizzie Andrus’ cross in the center of the box.
“It was hard in the beginning because it was my first time playing forward for this team, but last game I kind of broke through the bridge of it,” said Cerniglia, who is up to five goals on the season. “We’ve been doing a lot of work at practice.”
Cerniglia got varsity experience last season as a freshman, but that largely came as a winger, whereas now she’s being asked to play through the middle as a center forward.
“Being on the field as a freshman on varsity showed me how to work with people who are older than me,” Cerniglia said. “When it came to a time when I had to be part of the team, I had to step it up.”
Grace Kohut, Andrus and Kara Keating also scored for Robbinsville (4-2), which had MaryJane Matthews filling in at head coach for Caitlyn Curran.
Isabella Conte made six saves for the Hornets (1-5).
Robbinsville (4-2) 3 2 — 5
Hamilton (1-5) 0 0 — 0
Goals: Cerniglia 2, Kohut, L. Andrus, Keating (R). Assists: Morgan, L. Andrus 2, Firth, Keating (R). Shots: 15 (R). 2 (HW). Saves: Gonser 1, Horner 0 (R). Conte 6 (HW).