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Roxbury awarded top seed

Defending champion Roxbury captured the top seed and Mendham was seeded second for the 2016 Morris County Girls Soccer Tournament.   West Morris Central garnered the third seed and Randolph was seeded fourth for the tournament that starts with preliminary-round games on Sept. 24 and 25.   Opening-round games must be played by Oct. 2 with the quarterfinals slated for Oct. 9. The semifinals are scheduled for Parsippany Hills on Oct. 16 at noon and 2 p.m. The final will be held on Oct. 22 at Roxbury.   Games will be played at the site of the higher-seeded team until the semifinal round.  …

Kinnelon, Hornets tie

EAST HANOVER _ When everything around her looked chaotic, junior goalkeeper Kristina Kalafsky took the situation in stride.   Her confidence was a major reason Kinnelon tied Hanover Park 0-0 in a game between two non-conference foes on Wednesday, Sept. 21.   Kalafsky made 10 saves for the Colts (3-1-1). Junior goalkeeper Chrissy Cosenzo made a pair of saves for the Hornets (3-2-2).   Hanover Park, playing on the school's new artificial turf field, put the pressure on Kinnelon and had numerous opportunities to score. Although the Colts' defense struggled at times, Kalafsky always came up with the big save or…

Bombers athlete authored book

BOONTON _ On the soccer field, Emily Kelly was known as "the groundhog" for her knack of being omnipresent. The Boonton High School sweeper was, in the words of coach Pete Nosal, "all over the place."

Villa Walsh overcame adversity

UNION _ Juliana Saling had a prime spot - the center of the bench - to view Villa Walsh's 2014 state final victory. Saling, then a freshman, had a concussion and missed the second half of the season. She made sure she got in on the celebration, though, defying doctor's orders and running onto the field because she "wanted to be part of the experience."

Wildcats claim sectional title

PARSIPPANY _ Sometimes, it's important to change things up, even in a sectional final. A switch in defense and little perseverance worked wonders for sixth-seeded Whippany Park on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Hanover Park seeking more glory

EAST HANOVER _ In the fall of 2014, Hanover Park put itself on the New Jersey soccer map by capturing its first sectional title. Now the Hornets are determined to make this year's run just as memorable. First-half goals by Gabrielle Barquin, Sam Defina and Anna Lazur, each scored within in a six-minute span, lifted Hanover Park to a 3-0 triumph over Madison in the quarterfinal round of the North Jersey Section 2, Group II state tournament on Thursday, Nov. 5.

Long wait is over for Roxbury

ROXBURY _ After a year of waiting, Roxbury finally has a championship of its own. Sophomore forward Madison Martino connected in the eighth minute of play to lift Roxbury to a 1-0 triumph over West Morris in the Morris County Girls Soccer Tournament final held on the turf at Roxbury High School on Saturday, Oct. 24.

West Morris, Gaels set for final

RANDOLPH _ Ilissa Webb and Cassandra Montgomery wouldn't admit to being comfortable when it came to performing in a shootout but you couldn't tell that from their actions. Webb, a senior goalkeeper, made two saves and Montgomery knocked in the game-winning penalty kick goal to lift West Morris to victory over Morris Catholic in the semifinals of the Morris County Girls Soccer Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 18. After a 0-0 tie through regulation and overtime, the Wolfpack had the advantage in penalty kicks, 3-1.

Mills, Schum buoy Morris Catholic

DENVILLE _ Seniors always view tournament time with a sense of urgency.   On Morris Catholic, soccer players Rachel Mills and Stella Johnson know that it's now or never for them to earn a spot in the Crusaders' Morris County Tournament legacy.

Farina's OT goal boosts Mendham

DENVILLE _ "One! Two! Three!" counted the Mendham players surrounding coach Mark Lahey as he bent his elbows and touched his nose to the Morris Knolls turf again and again. The Minutemen coach was obliged to do pushups because his players put their heads to good use. Julia Farina's overtime goal lifted Mendham to a 3-2 triumph over Morris Knolls in a regular season soccer game on Wednesday, Oct. 7.