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Zimmerman, Madison advance

MADISON _ It was the kind of game that caused Madison coach Kevin Lynott to take a long stress-relieving walk afterward and one that gave Morris Knolls a worn-out, helpless feeling.

Smiling Maltby "saves" Chatham

ROXBURY _ Chatham goalie Morgan Maltby made it a habit to give a big smile to all the Roxbury players who prepared to kick a ball at her during the game-deciding shootout. It's uncertain whether it made a difference but her teammates were certainly smiling at the end result.

Vikings, Red Hawks play to tie

PARSIPPANY _ After three intense games in four days, the Parsippany soccer team is aching and emotionally spent. The Red Hawks have players sidelined with concussions and others who are playing through pain.

Vikings will defend from top

PARSIPPANY _ Villa Walsh captured its first Morris County Tournament title for girls soccer last year. This season, the Vikings get to defend it from the top spot. Unbeaten Villa Walsh earned the No. 1 seed when the county coaches met for their seeding meeting at Parsippany High School on Wednesday.

Villa Walsh remains undefeated

MORRISTOWN _ The Villa Walsh Academy soccer players don't necessarily have a chip on their shoulders the size of a soccer ball but they have the feeling that, once again, they are being overlooked.

Hanover Park has special chemistry

EAST HANOVER  _ Team chemistry is often elusive but, when it's present on the soccer field, it can be special. It's not the type of thing that usually happens on the Hanover Park soccer fields but there's a sense that the Hornets have an extra ingredient or two in their mix that they haven't had in the past.

Colts bounce back; trim Crimson

MORRIS TWP. – Every good soccer team knows the importance of a bounce-back game. No one wants to get into bad habits and a losing streak can easily sink a season. Kinnelon was coming off a double-overtime loss to Bridgewater-Raritan on Saturday and knew that beating Morristown-Beard would put it back on a winning track but the Colts knew it wouldn't be easy.

Golden Eagles coming together

DENVILLE _ The preseason was a trying time for the Morris Knolls girls soccer team. Injuries kept the Golden Eagles from putting all of their starters on the practice field at once. Four players sat out or were used sparingly.