DENVILLE, NJ-- The Morris Knolls Boys Soccer Team is off and running this season, starting out 2015 with a record of 3-2. The team has taken on Sparta, Morris Hills, West Morris Central, Montville, and Randolph since opening their season on Sept. 9.
In their season opening game, the Golden Eagles fell behind Morris Hills early, but found their groove in the second half of the game, scoring one goal to force an overtime situation. After a scoreless 10 minute overtime period, the boys pounded the ball during their second overtime and ultimately found the net to come away with an opening night "W" topping Morris Hills 2-1. Michael Chapman and Stephan Stasiuk came away with one goal apiece, while goalkeeper Anthony Principe had 7 saves on the night.
The boys second game of the season was on the road in neighboring Randolph on Sept. 11. The boys kept Randolph out of the goal in the first half, but gave up three goals in the second half. While the team was strong against Randolph, the boys took home their first loss of the season with a final score of 3-0.
After a couple days rest, the Golden Eagles took to Caruso Stadium in a highly ranked matchup against Sparta on Sept. 16. Knolls turned in a solid first half, keeping Sparta on the defensive. Adrian Canovic came away with the game winning goal, while Anthony Principe came away with 10 saves.
The Golden Eagles faced another road game, this time against West Morris Central, and they ran into a powerful squad. West Morris Central scored two goals in the first half and added a third insurance goal in the second half. Knolls was mostly playing on their defensive side of the field through the majority of the game as the offensive attack from West Morris Central too tough to handle. Ultimately, the Golden Eagles fell to West Morris Central by a score of 3-0.
Head coach Mike Mugavero spoke to his team after their disappointing loss to West Morris Central, expressing his frustration in many areas.
"We seem tired, but we didn't play excited like we normally do. We just didn't play fit today," Mugavero told his team. He continued by saying that the team needs to have a change in attitude.
"We didn't play with excitement and passion, we're going to have to somehow find a way to fire the team up the next couple of days,"
The boys last game was played against Montville on Sept. 21, and the change coach. Mugavero was looking for was evident. Goal keeper Anthony Principe played a great game, coming up with 10 saves yet again for Morris Knolls. Stephan Stasiuk scored the only goal of the night, giving Knolls the win with a score of 1-0.
The Golden Eagles will wrap up the month of September with three home games. On Sept. 26, Knolls will face Vernon Township High School at 11:00 a.m. The Golden Eagles will take on Parsippany Hills on Sept. 28 at 4:00 p.m. followed by their final game of September on Sept. 30 against Roxbury at 4:00 p.m.