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Par Hills caps amazing run with title

UNION _ Paige Restaino and Nathalia Gallo became acquainted as 7 year olds, brought together when they joined the Parsippany Soccer Club and were assigned to the Avalanche. At Brooklawn Middle School, Restaino and Gallo served as captains before going on to Parsippany Hills High School. The duo, according to Gallo, "connected right from the start." Gallo and Restaino, both seniors, hooked up one last time, producing the lone goal for the Vikings in the Group II final on Saturday, Nov. 19 at Kean University. Parsippany Hills concluded its spectacular, abeit unlikely, state tournament run by blanking Haddonfield, 1-0, behind Restaino's goal with 9:19…

Vikings headed to state final

PARSIPPANY _ Gia Rosamilia urged her Parsippany Hills girls soccer team to forget the past and start fresh going into the state tournament. One of the school's custodians, Ron Cupitt, provided the Vikings with a motto - "Shock The World" - prior to what has become a stunning postseason run. Parsippany Hills heeded all of the advice and embraced its lucky No. 13 seed, ousting four opponents on the way to the North Jersey Section 2, Group II title. The Vikings capped their magical sectional run with a 1-0 double overtime win over their sister school, fifth-seeded Parsippany, a familiar foe, to claim the program's…

Forker, Gaels repeat in MCT

  ROXBURY TWP. _ There is no feeling like winning a championship and many of this year's Roxbury girls soccer players were convinced that one, or even two, in a row is not enough.  Junior Karly Forker connected off an Ashleigh Sarafin pass in the 69th minute and the Gaels' defense put in another solid effort in Roxbury's 1-0 triumph over West Morris in the Morris County Tournament final held at Roxbury High School on Saturday, Oct. 22.   Goalkeeper Sarah Olivero stopped three shots to give Roxbury its third consecutive county title and second consecutive title outright. The Gaels have…

West Morris regroups, gains MCT final

PARSIPPANY _ Considering West Morris girls soccer got off to such a shaky start this year, it may be a bit of a surprise that the Wolfpack have reached the Morris County Tournament final. However, the players didn't doubt themselves. They vanquished one of their toughest foes on Sunday, Oct. 16 and are setting their sights on taking on another one in the title game. Emily Leyson's first-half goal was the only score needed in West Morris Central's 1-0 triumph over sister school and rival Mendham on the turf at Parsippany Hills High School.  Goalkeeper Ashley Appelhans made three saves and West Morris…

Hull fuels Randolph

RANDOLPH _ It's not easy to beat the same team three times in a season or twice in four days. However, Randolph found a way to achieve both feats with a 2-1 triumph over Morris Knolls on Wednesday, Oct. 5. Freshman Karen Hull scored twice, including the gamewinner in the 60th minute, to lift Randolph to 7-3. Sophomore Gabby Lara fired a first half goal off a direct kick in the 31st minute for Morris Knolls (5-5-1). Three of the Golden Eagles' losses have come at the hands of the Rams. Morris Knolls suffered 2-1 losses to Randolph on Sept.…

Lutz powers Mendham in MCT

MENDHAM _ Allie Lutz fired a hat trick, including the game-winning goal with four minutes left, to lift Mendham to a 3-2 victory over Montville in the opening round of the Morris County Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 2.   Emma Schact set up the decisive score for the second-seeded Minutemen (7-2) with a breakaway shot that bounced off Montville goalie Victoria Scarratt.   Mendham will face seventh-seeded Mountain Lakes, which defeated Hanover Park 2-1 on Saturday. Gianna Coppola and Lauren Measly scored for 18th seeded Montville 3-5-1.   No. 18 Montville (3-5-1) tied the game on goal off a rebound…

Cashen bolsters Whippany Park

DENVILLE _ Whippany Park's primary objective is to be competing for a title in November. That's why the Wildcats' 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Morris Catholic on Friday, Sept. 23 - most definitely one of the most monumental in the history of the program - wasn't accompanied by a wild celebration. There were no signs of over-the-top jubilation. There were cheers, of course, from fans in the stands. Coach Marc Device, who exchanged high fives or shook hands with his players, prefers it this way so the Wildcats, no doubt bursting with pride, were subdued. "In the context of the season and in…

Roxbury awarded top seed

Defending champion Roxbury captured the top seed and Mendham was seeded second for the 2016 Morris County Girls Soccer Tournament.   West Morris Central garnered the third seed and Randolph was seeded fourth for the tournament that starts with preliminary-round games on Sept. 24 and 25.   Opening-round games must be played by Oct. 2 with the quarterfinals slated for Oct. 9. The semifinals are scheduled for Parsippany Hills on Oct. 16 at noon and 2 p.m. The final will be held on Oct. 22 at Roxbury.   Games will be played at the site of the higher-seeded team until the semifinal round.  …

Kinnelon, Hornets tie

EAST HANOVER _ When everything around her looked chaotic, junior goalkeeper Kristina Kalafsky took the situation in stride.   Her confidence was a major reason Kinnelon tied Hanover Park 0-0 in a game between two non-conference foes on Wednesday, Sept. 21.   Kalafsky made 10 saves for the Colts (3-1-1). Junior goalkeeper Chrissy Cosenzo made a pair of saves for the Hornets (3-2-2).   Hanover Park, playing on the school's new artificial turf field, put the pressure on Kinnelon and had numerous opportunities to score. Although the Colts' defense struggled at times, Kalafsky always came up with the big save or…

Bombers athlete authored book

BOONTON _ On the soccer field, Emily Kelly was known as "the groundhog" for her knack of being omnipresent. The Boonton High School sweeper was, in the words of coach Pete Nosal, "all over the place."