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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…

Wolfpack exit state tournament

WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ Freshman Keira Prince didn't even play on Middletown South's varsity team for most of the year but that didn't stop her from ending West Morris Central's season.  Prince, on junior varsity before being called up late in the season, ended the Wolfpack's season by calmly hitting the game-winning penalty kick that gave Middletown South a 1-1 (3-1 in penalty kicks) victory over West Morris in a North 2 Group III sectional final on Thursday, Nov. 9. Grace Massell scored in regulation and Middletown South (13-5-5) received penalty kick goals from Madyson Laudisi, Dina Kousoris and Prince.…

Vikings triumph in state opener

PARSIPPANY _ It was an unlikely but glorious run and it would be understandable if Parsippany Hills went into the 2016 state tournament trying to recreate last year's success. Rarely do the Vikings mention the Group II and sectional titles they garnered after going into postseason play with four victories. Prior to their North Jersey Section 2, Group II quarterfinal on Thursday, Nov. 2, the magical season wasn't brought up. Parsippany Hills, which opened the tourney with a 1-0 win over sister school Parsippany, the 10th seed, is operating under different circumstances so it is taking a new approach. "No…