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Historic season for Hornets

EAST HANOVER _ The beautiful, finely booted and lofty soaring pass from deep on the left side from Julia Santos found its target in Ashley Alfano cutting across the middle. Alfano then delivered when it mattered most, scoring the goal that capped the best season in Hanover Park girls soccer history. Alfano, Santos, goaltender Abigail Huang, Hailey Scaff and a host of other key contributors propelled the top-seeded Hornets to a 1-0 victory over sixth-seeded Parsippany Hills on Sunday, Nov. 22 in the North West B Division final. The goal by Alfano, a senior forward, was her ninth this fall…

Cougars go 2 OTs but retain perfection

PARSIPPANY _ At 5 foot 11, Chatham's Olivia Garman has what her coach Gary Adair refers to as "a lot of presence." And, Garman, a senior who plays center defense, capitalizes on every opportunity to use her height to her advantage on the soccer field. "Being tall is great for set pieces, for winning headers," Garman said. "I'm bigger so I can push people off the ball. Corner kicks work out well for me." On Monday, Nov. 2, Garman found herself in an ideal situation in the second overtime, tipping the ball in with her head to boost Chatham to…

Sciancalepore saves Rams in MCT final

ROXBURY _ There were 15 seconds left in the game and Randolph goalkeeper Ellie Sciancalepore could see Kinnelon’s one last chance at tying the Morris County Tournament championship game coming straight at her. When she snatched the ball out of mid-air, the senior keeper knew the title belonged to the Rams. Top-seeded Randolph captured its 14th overall title in school history and first one outright since 2011 with a 1-0 victory over upstart Kinnelon in the title contest held at Roxbury High School on Saturday, Oct. 19. Sciancalepore made four saves, including the pressure-packed last one for the Rams. The…

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…

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…

Bernardez, Knolls tack on another title

ROXBURY _ Morris Knolls Kyra Bernardez knows she plays better when she doesn’t have to think, just react. The Golden Eagles athlete’s reactions helped Morris Knolls earn a Morris County title. Bernardez connected on a feed from a free kick with 4:59 left in regulation to lift Morris Knolls to a 1-0 triumph over West Morris on the turf at Roxbury High School on Saturday, Oct. 20 to give the Golden Eagles a second consecutive MCT championship. Goalkeeper Katelyn Walsh had a strong performance with nine saves for second-seeded Morris Knolls. which is 15-1 and on a 12-game winning streak.…

Dramatic endings at MCT soccer semis

PARSIPPANY _ In order to get to the final of the Morris County Girls Soccer Tournament, Morris Knolls just needed a good swift kick while West Morris had a goalkeeper who knew how to stand her ground. It took West Morris 100 minutes of action and a shootout to earn a 0-0 (3-1 in penalty kicks) victory over Randolph at Parsippany Hills on Sunday, Oct. 14. Morris Knolls defeated Hanover Park 2-1 in double overtime in the other semifinal at the same site. The defending champion Golden Eagles will clash with West Morris in the championship game on Saturday, Oct.…

Young Hornets on a mission

EAST HANOVER TWP. _ Hanover Park girls soccer didn’t expect to make much of an impact this year. However, the Hornets booters have surprised themselves and are determined to make Morris County Tournament history. Claire Cahill’s goal off a Meghan Macaluso corner kick in the second half lifted Hanover Park to a 1-0 victory over Mount Olive in the MCT quarterfinal-round action on Sunday, October 7. It is the first time the Hornets have advanced to the semifinals in the history of the tournament. Hanover Park will play Morris Knolls in the MCT semifinals. West Morris and Randolph also are…

Dodgers defeat Morris Catholic

MADISON _ Madison girls soccer doesn't like to draw a lot of attention but, with early season victories over Morris Catholic and Mountain Lakes, the Dodgers may not have a choice but to be noticed. A 4-1 victory over Morris Catholic on Sept. 15 is a case in point. Sadie Kim scored twice and Kate Christos and Brooke Kleiven added scores for the Dodgers. Madison is off to a 3-1 start. "I don't think there were high expectations for us but they weren't low either,'' Kim said. “We aren't considered the top team. I think we are a team under…