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West Morris notches first MCT title

BOONTON _ Alex Belen said the slip of paper, carefully placed between her shinguard and her sock, was meant to be a reminder of what West Morris sought to accomplish in the Morris County Tournament final. Champion, it read. The eight-letter word, however, became more of a mandate, at least that's the way the top-seeded Wolfpack viewed it. Belen, a senior right back, and her West Morris teammates channeled the word into a into their first MCT title on Tuesday, Oct. 15 by prevailing over Morristown-Beard, 2-1, in overtime. "It was part of our locker room talk," Belen said. "We…

Sciancalepore saves Rams in MCT semifinals

MOUNT OLIVE _ Ellie Sciancalepore jumped up and grabbed onto the center of the soccer goal crossbar and gave her long legs one last stretch. She knew she would need to take advantage of every inch of her body to get Randolph to the Morris County Tournament final. The senior didn’t disappoint. She made three shootout saves and Randolph converted on two of their PK chances to defeat defending champion Morris Knolls 1-1 (2-0 shootout) in the MCT semifinals at Mount Olive High School on Saturday, Oct. 12. The top-seeded Rams will face Kinnelon, which edged Jefferson, also in penalty…

West Morris blanks Cougars in MCT

BOONTON _ West Morris coach Courtney Barnett advised her players not to forget the game that brought their hopes of a Morris County Tournament title to an abrupt end. Seeded second in 2018, the Wolfpack appeared likely to gain a berth in the semifinals and advice to the final. Tenth-seeded Parsippany had different plans and ousted West Morris 1-0 in the quarterfinal round. Remembering the pain and disappointment of that early exit, West Morris, the top seed, blanked Chatham 4-0 in a MCT semifinal on Saturday, Oct. 12. "That was awful," said Sophia Prata, who knocked in two goals against…

Crimson shock Madison in MCT semifinals

BOONTON _ Morristown-Beard wasn't playing for a title - that's next - but the feeling was nearly the same, maybe even better. The Crimson, buoyed by Ella Singer's goal off a corner 7:02 into the second half, edged two-time defending champion Madison, 1-0, in a Morris County Tournament semifinal on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Boonton High School. It was Morristown-Beard's first win over the Dodgers in school history and earned it a return trip to the MCT final, where it will square off against top-seeded West Morris. Although Singer is a transfer from Millburn High School, she knows well the…

Rams are ultra determined this season

EAST HANOVER TWP.  _ The seniors on the Randolph girls soccer team are playing with an extra sense of determination this year. The Rams have no hardware to show for their years of hard work. Building a 5-0-1 start, it’s obvious that Randolph is serious about its chances for winning a title this fall. A 3-1 win over previously undefeated Hanover Park on on Tuesday, Sept. 17, was a prime example of Randolph’s determination. Lauren Robles, Karen Hull and Julia Yan scored goals to spark the Rams' triumph. Grace Mochnal connected for the Hornets. The Rams are off to a…

Donofrio, Mendham upend Knolls

MENDHAM _ It had been three years since Mendham girls soccer had buried the ball in the back of a Morris Knolls net. Seems the Minutemen were finally due for a score. Lexi Donofrio’s connection off a Megan Graziano cross lifted Mendham to a 1-0 victory over Morris Knolls in a girls soccer contest on Monday, Sept. 9 on their new upper-level turf field. Goalkeeper Aubrey Egerter registered four saves for the Minutemen (1-2). Katelyn Walsh made eight saves for state-ranked Morris Knolls, which dropped to 0-2 and played without standout midfielder Madison Palma, who sat out the game with…