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Wildcats claim sectional title

PARSIPPANY _ Sometimes, it's important to change things up, even in a sectional final. A switch in defense and little perseverance worked wonders for sixth-seeded Whippany Park on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Hanover Park seeking more glory

EAST HANOVER _ In the fall of 2014, Hanover Park put itself on the New Jersey soccer map by capturing its first sectional title. Now the Hornets are determined to make this year's run just as memorable. First-half goals by Gabrielle Barquin, Sam Defina and Anna Lazur, each scored within in a six-minute span, lifted Hanover Park to a 3-0 triumph over Madison in the quarterfinal round of the North Jersey Section 2, Group II state tournament on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Long wait is over for Roxbury

ROXBURY _ After a year of waiting, Roxbury finally has a championship of its own. Sophomore forward Madison Martino connected in the eighth minute of play to lift Roxbury to a 1-0 triumph over West Morris in the Morris County Girls Soccer Tournament final held on the turf at Roxbury High School on Saturday, Oct. 24.

West Morris, Gaels set for final

RANDOLPH _ Ilissa Webb and Cassandra Montgomery wouldn't admit to being comfortable when it came to performing in a shootout but you couldn't tell that from their actions. Webb, a senior goalkeeper, made two saves and Montgomery knocked in the game-winning penalty kick goal to lift West Morris to victory over Morris Catholic in the semifinals of the Morris County Girls Soccer Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 18. After a 0-0 tie through regulation and overtime, the Wolfpack had the advantage in penalty kicks, 3-1.

Mills, Schum buoy Morris Catholic

DENVILLE _ Seniors always view tournament time with a sense of urgency.   On Morris Catholic, soccer players Rachel Mills and Stella Johnson know that it's now or never for them to earn a spot in the Crusaders' Morris County Tournament legacy.

Farina's OT goal boosts Mendham

DENVILLE _ "One! Two! Three!" counted the Mendham players surrounding coach Mark Lahey as he bent his elbows and touched his nose to the Morris Knolls turf again and again. The Minutemen coach was obliged to do pushups because his players put their heads to good use. Julia Farina's overtime goal lifted Mendham to a 3-2 triumph over Morris Knolls in a regular season soccer game on Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Rams change tactics, triumph

RANDOLPH _ Whatever the Randolph girls soccer team was doing to generate offense in the first half of its game against Montville just wasn't working. The Rams had to take a different approach in the second half in order to advance in the Morris County Tournament. Freshman Amber Jacobsen's score in the second half was just enough to advance seventh-seeded Randolph in a 1-0 triumph over Montville in opening round play on Sunday, Oct. 4.

Roxbury is making adjustments

MOUNT OLIVE _ When a team has a dominant player for several years, sometimes it takes awhile to adjust to not having her on the field once she's gone. Roxbury girls soccer is still trying to establish its chemistry without standout Paige Monaghan but the Gaels are working on it and winning along the way.

Crimson thriving with freshmen

MADISON _ Maggie Cotter has a lot of players to look up to but the way the Morristown-Beard freshman has been playing, she may be viewed to as a role model for the Crimson soon. Cotter scored on a rebound in the 60th minute to lift Morrristown-Beard to a 1-0 triumph over Madison in girls soccer action on Saturday, Sept. 19 on the Madison turf. 

Maqsudi's 1st goal is gamewinner

EAST HANOVER _High school soccer doesn't always lend itself to a counterattack style of play. However, some teams know how to make it work. Parsippany took advantage of Hanover Park's aggressive style and was accurate enough on its shot attempts to earn a 2-1 triumph on Tuesday, Sept. 15.