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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.

Racine returns to the sideline

KINNELON _Steve Racine could have asked for an easier opponent than Montclair to start his second run as Kinnelon girls soccer coach. However, knowing the quality of soccer the Colts have been playing, the defending Group I champions are not afraid to be challenged. Second-half Goals by Rebecca Van Siclen and Fiona Tubien about five minutes apart helped lift Montclair, the defending Group IV champions, past Kinnelon in a game played at the Pearl Miller School on Saturday, Sept. 5.

Kinnelon ends a lengthy drought

UNION _ There was seemingly no end to the texts and e-mails coach Kinnelon Mike Petrucelli received in the days leading up to the Group I soccer final. Each and every day, every hour, Petrucelli heard from someone affiliated with the Colts' program - a former player, the parents of a former player, fans from town and out of town.

Sectional title has Hornets buzzing

MADISON _ Hanover Park has never been known for the quality of its girls soccer. This year's team has gone about changing that reputation. Goals by Courtney Giordano and Gianna Parlavecchio and a strong defensive effort lifted Hanover Park to a 2-0 triumph over Madison in the North Jersey Section 2, Group II final on Friday, Nov. 14.

Roxbury shuts out Nutley, 5-0

ROXBURY _ Getting a share of the Morris County Tournament title should've been cause to celebrate but Roxbury didn't. In fact, many of the Gaels didn't feel like winners at all and left the field upset and frustrated.

Vikings rally twice, win in OT

DENVILLE _ Kate Murphy felt like she was in one of those movies where everything was going in slow motion. The soccer ball she just kicked was rolling, rolling, rolling along. When it finally stopped, she got the happy ending that she and her Villa Walsh teammates feltthey deserved.

Three-goal burst aids Kinnelon

KINNELON _ Sometimes, to beat a neighboring rival, a soccer team has to get a little angry. Trailing 1-0, Kinnelon rallied for three consecutive goals and eventually edged Mountain Lakes 3-2 in North 1, Group II action on Friday, Nov. 7 at the Pearl Miller School.

Pequannock prolongs season

PEQUANNOCK _ Pequannock is having a banner year and is playing like it doesn't want it to end. Junior forward Dana Scillieri scored two minutes into the game and Pequannock erupted for four second-half goals in a 5-1 triumph over Lenape Valley in North Jersey Section 1, Group II state tournament play on Tuesday, Nov. 4.