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No. 15 Colts shock Madison

MADISON _ Even if Kinnelon didn't score the winning goal, the Colts were more than happy to accept it. An own goal off a Madison defender lifted Kinnelon to a 2-1 overtime victory in the quarterfinals of the Morris County Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 12.

Dodgers gain MCT quarterfinals

MADISON _ Madison's Bailey Hurst has been known for her ability to launch shots on goal anywhere on the soccer field. A change in her strategy helped the Dodgers advance to the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Morris County Girls Soccer Tournament. Hurst set up teammate Mackaella Goodwin's header for a goal in the 65th minute to lift Madison to a 1-0 triumph over Hanover Park in the opening round of the MCT on Sunday, Oct. 5.

Rams are top seed for MCT

PARSIPPANY _ Unbeaten and defending co-champion Randolph was awarded the top seed at the Morris County Tournament seeding meeting held at Parsippany High on Wednesday, Sept. 24. West Morris (6-1), which tied Randolph in last year's final, Roxbury (5-2) and Villa Walsh (7-0-1) were awarded the first four seeds. Morris Catholic (7-2), Pequannock (5-1-1), Madison (5-1-1) and Morris Hills (5-3) round out the top eight.

Randolph eliminating doubts

WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ During the preseason, members of the Randolph girls soccer team thought they might be hard pressed to live up to the talented Rams teams of the past. Now it seems that any doubts they may have had over the summer seem a little bit silly. Gillian McConnell connected on a Kaitlin Robinson feed with 7:40 left in regulation to lift Randolph to a 2-1 victory over West Morris in a battle of unbeaten teams on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Lutz, Ritger power Minutemen

ROCKAWAY _ Varsity teams often ask young players to step up in important games. Two of the younger Mendham booters teamed on Saturday, Sept. 20 to give the struggling Minutemen a much-needed upset victory. Freshman Allie Lutz scored her fourth goal of the season and sophomore goalkeeper Rose Ritger earned a shutout in her first varsity start to lift Mendham to a 2-0 triumph over Morris Hills on the turf at Gifford Field.

Roxbury dominant vs. Chatham

CHATHAM _ The Roxbury girls soccer team prides itself on possessing the ball. Now, if its players can get better at finishing what they start, the Gaels will have the chance to be a formidable team. Chelsea Artigliere, Alyssa Rose and Caitlin Mertens each scored a goal and Roxbury put in a dominating performance in a 3-0 triumph over Chatham on Tuesday, Sept. 16 on the turf at Haas Field.

Heartstopping win for Crusaders

HANOVER _ Morris Catholic girls soccer coach Andy Rotsides is thinking of teaching some of his players CPR. If the Crusaders keep playing the way they have been lately, they are going to cause plenty of heart attacks. Late goals by Jillian Sudo and Sarah Racine lifted Morris Catholic to a 2-1 overtime triumph over Whippany Park on Thursday, Sept. 11.

Madison's Qualben lives dream

MADISON _ The play unfolded the same way it did in Kristina Qualben's dreams. Well, sort of. The Madison goalkeeper dreamed of stopping a penalty kick in Madison's season opener against Pequannock.

Crusaders, Wolfpack are elite

WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ When Morris Catholic traveled to face West Morris in late August, it looked like an innocent summer scrimmage between two of the area's better soccer teams. Then again, it might have been a preview of this year's Morris County Tournament final.

New chapter for WP's Sheira

HANOVER _ Dina Sheira has known for months where she was going to attend college. That didn't make it any less exciting when she decided to make her decision official. The talented Whippany Park soccer player will be getting her kicks at Columbia University in September. The Wildcats standout recently invited her family and friends to join in the signing of her national letter of intent and thanked them for their support over the years.