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Wolfpack exit state tournament

WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ Freshman Keira Prince didn't even play on Middletown South's varsity team for most of the year but that didn't stop her from ending West Morris Central's season.  Prince, on junior varsity before being called up late in the season, ended the Wolfpack's season by calmly hitting the game-winning penalty kick that gave Middletown South a 1-1 (3-1 in penalty kicks) victory over West Morris in a North 2 Group III sectional final on Thursday, Nov. 9. Grace Massell scored in regulation and Middletown South (13-5-5) received penalty kick goals from Madyson Laudisi, Dina Kousoris and Prince.…

Vikings triumph in state opener

PARSIPPANY _ It was an unlikely but glorious run and it would be understandable if Parsippany Hills went into the 2016 state tournament trying to recreate last year's success. Rarely do the Vikings mention the Group II and sectional titles they garnered after going into postseason play with four victories. Prior to their North Jersey Section 2, Group II quarterfinal on Thursday, Nov. 2, the magical season wasn't brought up. Parsippany Hills, which opened the tourney with a 1-0 win over sister school Parsippany, the 10th seed, is operating under different circumstances so it is taking a new approach. "No…

Somogyi powers Golden Eagles in MCT

ROXBURY _ The last time the Morris Knolls girls soccer was in the Morris County Tournament final, most of the current players were toddlers. On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Golden Eagles walked away with the title. Laura Budwick connected off a Madison Palma pass with 24:48 left in regulation to lift Morris Knolls to a 1-0 triumph over Mendham at Roxbury High School. Goalkeeper Madison Somogyi made five saves, including two spectacular ones early in the game, to take Most Valuable Player honors. Morris Knolls (14-2-1), the top-seeded team, had not made an appearance in the finals since 2002. The…

Knolls ends lengthy MCT drought

RANDOLPH _ Maddison Perna's goal off a deflected shot in the opening minutes of the second overtime period lifted top-seeded Morris Knolls to a 1-0 triumph over Parsippany Hills in the semifinals of the Morris County Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 15. Morris Knolls will face Mendham, a 2-0 victor over sister school West Morris Central, in the other semifinal. It is the Golden Eagles' first trip to the title game since 2002. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at Roxbury High School. Parsippany Hills, the 12th seed, falls to 7-5-3. A volley by Isabelle…

Lutz powers Mendham into title game

RANDOLPH _ Freshman forward Allie Lutz scored twice to lift Mendham to a 2-0 victory over West Morris on Sunday, Oct. 15 and send the Minutemen to only their second Morris County Tournament final in school history. The seventh-seeded Minutemen will face top-seeded Morris Knolls, a 1-0 double overtime winner against Parsippany Hills, in the other semifinal. The title game will be a 7 p.m. contest on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Roxbury High School. Mendham goalkeeper Aubrey Egerter made four saves, including back-to-back stops midway in the second half, for the Minutemen (8-3-3). Mendham has never won the title and…

Cougars rally past Randolph

CHATHAM _ When it comes to soccer, a little desire makes all the difference. Chatham discovered that after its come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Randolph in the opening round of Morris County Tournament girls soccer on Saturday, Sept. 30. Caroline Crouse and Sophia Reed connected for the Cougars. Sixth-seeded Chatham (6-3) advanced to play third-seeded West Morris in the quarterfinals on Sunday, Oct. 8. Karen Hull scored a first-half goal for 11th-seeded Randolph. Chatham was determined and was able to match the Rams' physicality. The Cougars also prevailed despite a terrific performance by Randolph goalkeeper Ellie Sciancelepore, who made eight saves…

Hornets, Lakers play to tie

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ Neither Hanover Park nor Mountain Lakes liked playing 100 minutes of soccer in unseasonably searing heat on Wednesday, Sept. 27 and ending up with a 0-0 tie.   However, players on both sides learned how resilient their teammates were and gained confidence from playing an even match against a very worthy opponent.   Hanover Park is 5-3-1 with the result while the tie ended a Mountain Lakes winning streak. The Lakers are still unbeaten at 7-0-1.    Hanover Park goalie Natalie Santangelo was credited with seven saves and Mountain Lakes' Lea Credidio had three saves.   The…

2017 MCT Soccer seeding

PARSIPPANY _ Morris Knolls (4-0-1) was voted the top seed at the Morris County Tournament seeding meeting held on Thursday, Sept. 21 at Parsippany High School. Roxbury (3-1) captured the second seed, West Morris (5-1) the third and Morris Catholic (6-1) was seeded fourth. Mountain Lakes, Chatham, Mendham and Morristown round out the top eight. Preliminary-round games must be played by Sunday, Sept. 24. First-round games are scheduled for Oct. 1 and the quarterfinals must be played at Oct. 8, all on the fields of the higher seeds. The semifinals are scheduled for Oct. 15 and the final will be…

Madison triumphs in overtime

MADISON _ All victories are good but some mean a little more than others. The players on the Madison soccer team should have a little more spring in their steps after a 2-1 overtime victory over Villa Walsh on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Sophia Haralampoudis scored with 5:08 left in the first overtime period to propel the Dodgers. Nikki Cilenti rallied her team with a second-half goal for Madison (2-0-1). Mary Walsh connected on a first-half goal for Villa Walsh in its season opener. Although they don't want to get into a habit of trailing games, the Madison players showed no…

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…