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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…

Somogyi powers Golden Eagles in MCT

ROXBURY _ The last time the Morris Knolls girls soccer was in the Morris County Tournament final, most of the current players were toddlers. On Saturday, Oct. 21, the Golden Eagles walked away with the title. Laura Budwick connected off a Madison Palma pass with 24:48 left in regulation to lift Morris Knolls to a 1-0 triumph over Mendham at Roxbury High School. Goalkeeper Madison Somogyi made five saves, including two spectacular ones early in the game, to take Most Valuable Player honors. Morris Knolls (14-2-1), the top-seeded team, had not made an appearance in the finals since 2002. The…

Knolls ends lengthy MCT drought

RANDOLPH _ Maddison Perna's goal off a deflected shot in the opening minutes of the second overtime period lifted top-seeded Morris Knolls to a 1-0 triumph over Parsippany Hills in the semifinals of the Morris County Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 15. Morris Knolls will face Mendham, a 2-0 victor over sister school West Morris Central, in the other semifinal. It is the Golden Eagles' first trip to the title game since 2002. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at Roxbury High School. Parsippany Hills, the 12th seed, falls to 7-5-3. A volley by Isabelle…

Lutz powers Mendham into title game

RANDOLPH _ Freshman forward Allie Lutz scored twice to lift Mendham to a 2-0 victory over West Morris on Sunday, Oct. 15 and send the Minutemen to only their second Morris County Tournament final in school history. The seventh-seeded Minutemen will face top-seeded Morris Knolls, a 1-0 double overtime winner against Parsippany Hills, in the other semifinal. The title game will be a 7 p.m. contest on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Roxbury High School. Mendham goalkeeper Aubrey Egerter made four saves, including back-to-back stops midway in the second half, for the Minutemen (8-3-3). Mendham has never won the title and…

Cougars rally past Randolph

CHATHAM _ When it comes to soccer, a little desire makes all the difference. Chatham discovered that after its come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Randolph in the opening round of Morris County Tournament girls soccer on Saturday, Sept. 30. Caroline Crouse and Sophia Reed connected for the Cougars. Sixth-seeded Chatham (6-3) advanced to play third-seeded West Morris in the quarterfinals on Sunday, Oct. 8. Karen Hull scored a first-half goal for 11th-seeded Randolph. Chatham was determined and was able to match the Rams' physicality. The Cougars also prevailed despite a terrific performance by Randolph goalkeeper Ellie Sciancelepore, who made eight saves…