With a county semifinal berth on the line, the number of goals didn’t matter.
Monmouth commit Kelly De Gaetano was just worried about giving third-seeded North Brunswick the advantage against 11th-seeded Spotswood. The senior not only did that, but also scored her 100th career goal as her team beat Spotswood, 3-1, in the quarterfinals of the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament.
The eldest added her 101st goal later and did it the same way she came in 100, heading into a corner sent by her sister, Katie. It made the moment even more special.
DeGaetano is one of the state’s top scorers and leads Northern Brunswick with 32 total goals this season. The senior changed the Raiders’ schedule and put North Brunswick in the conversation with some of the best teams in Middlesex County.
She broke the school’s point record, which was 205, and now has 237. That total includes 101 goals and 35 assists. DeGaetano is the program’s goalkeeper and second all-time in assists.
The star scorer registered 30 goals and nine assists as a rookie and that set the tone.
“Kelly has been an asset to North Brunswick the second she entered preseason in her freshman year,” said North Brunswick Coach Megan Carroll. “She continued to be a threat from her first college game to her 100th goal. Kelly leads by example on and off the football field with a positive attitude. She is creative, determined and intentional in the way she plays. These attributes make her dangerous on the offensive side. I knew that in first year she was going to do great things for North Brunswick and Kelly exceeded all my expectations. As a coach, I couldn’t be prouder of the enormity of her success in breaking several school records and reaching that 100th goal! “
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