After Bordentown lost, 4-0, to Glen Rock in the Group 2 girls' soccer final at the College of New Jersey, the Scotties did not immediately retreat from the field to the comfort of their friends and family, or break down as their run finally came to an end.
Without sobs or tears, Bordentown finished the game Sunday afternoon as it finishes all its games - with a lap across the field and back.
Bordentown, which had not appeared in a group final since 1991, knew it accomplished plenty just getting to that point.
"They came in and made a difference to a program," Bordentown coach Dominick Castaldo said. "I ask [the seniors] constantly, 'Did you ever think we would be here four years ago?' And their answer is no."
"We've gotten better and better every year," said senior Alexis McTamney, who finished the season with a state-best 58 goals but could not find scoring opportunities against Glen Rock. "I feel great and I think the team feels great."
By winning the Central Jersey Group 2 championship, its first sectional title since 1999, Bordentown (18-6) felt it made its mark before even getting to the state final.
"All of our hard work was paying off with that," Kelly Tanucil said. "It was really important."
Glen Rock (23-1) took the lead in the 34th minute when Grace Taylor kicked home a loose ball in front of the net.
Sophie Lederer and Taylor scored six minutes apart in the second half, in the 45th and 51st minutes, to open up an insurmountable lead. Sarah Fiorino capped the scoring with a 20-yard strike with 11 minutes left.
"We sat back on our heels and didn't do the things that we've done all year," Castaldo said. "Most of the time [this season], we would possess the ball and attack. Today, we just played team defense the whole time.
"We got beat by a better team. It's fine; I can live with that."
Glen Rock 1 3 - 4
Bordentown 0 0 - 0
Goals: GR-Grace Taylor (2), Sophie Lederer, Sarah Fiorino
Saves: GR-Sarah Gross 5. B-Allyson Potts 9.