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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.

Crusaders stood out

DENVILLE _ After a lengthy season together, athletes are often sick of the sight of their teammates. That's why it was heartwarming to see, that after spending nearly two hours with each other on a Wednesday in January, that a group of Morris Catholic soccer players accepting a trophy for their efforts in the fall, were seen a few minutes later at a nearby coffee house still enjoying each other's company.

Rams' Conklin feted by MCGSCA

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ Anna Conklin had an idea that she might to be honored as the Morris County Girls Soccer Coaches Association's Player of the Year but she didn't know that she was going to be asked to say a few words at the annual luncheon. Add impromptu speech making to another one of her long list of skills.

Early goals, defense spur Crusaders

EWING _ Most of the girls on the Morris Catholic girls soccer team had been to the state final before Wednesday's game against St. Rose, but they never took advantage of their previous experiences as much as they did during the 3-1 victory. Back-to-back goals by Taylor Shannahan and Sam Garzon in the opening minutes of the game set the tone for Morris Catholic's triumph in the Non-Public B state title game on the turf at The College of New Jersey on Nov. 20.

Randolph plays hard in finale

LIVINGSTON _ They scrapped and fought and battled and did everything they could but the difference between success and failure for the Randolph Rams was the seemingly simple act of putting a soccer ball in the back of the net. Alyssa Egner's goal at just 4:17 into the contest held up in Livingston's 1-0 triumph over Randolph in the North 1, Group IV final held Thursday, Nov. 14 on the turf at Livingston High.

Parsippany prevails in double overtime

MADISON _ Salena LeDonne is listed as a freshman on the Parsippany roster this year. However, after a season of playing on the varsity level for the Red Hawks, she certainly isn't playing like one now. LeDonne scored twice, including the game-winning goal with 1:30 left in double overtime, to lift Parsippany to a 2-1 upset of Madison in North 2, Group II quarterfinal action on Thursday, Nov. 7.

Morris Knolls perfect at home

DENVILLE _ Over and over, Morris Knolls soccer players practiced corner kicks but couldn't turn their short corner attempts into goals. Guess when the Golden Eagles finally executed a set piece to perfection?

Goalies stand out in MCT final deadlock

ROXBURY _ It's an awkward feeling to be sure. When the Randolph and West Morris girls soccer teams finished the 2013 Morris County Tournament title game with a 1-1 tie and a co-championship, the players didn't know quite how to react at first.