MADISON, NJ—Nearly an hour had passed without a goal in the Morris County Tournament preliminary round, and it looked like the game was heading for overtime in Madison.
A twenty-five yard blast off the right foot of Morristown senior Marina Piccolo would be all the visitors needed to advance, as the Colonials held off a late Madison charge to win 1-0 in a Sunday morning matinee.
“I am very proud of our team’s effort today,” said Morristown coach James Whitney, “Madison has some very dangerous players in the attacking third, and keeping them off the board was a phenomenal effort from our defense.
Indeed the pressure was heavy at times for the Dodgers. While Morristown had the better of the first twenty minutes of play—including a low line drive Mary Grace Vallachi hit that forced Dodgers goalie Ginny Taylor to make a diving save—the home side began to turn on the jets.
Madison (4-3) got a golden chance twenty-two minutes in when Ali Wixgiser whistled a shot just to the side of the far right post. Less than two minutes later, with the ball exclusively on the Morristown side of the field, Wixgiser broke in free on goal, but her chip shot over Colonials goalie Sarah Wilson went just inches over the crossbar to keep things scoreless.
After ten more minutes of Madison dominating possession, Morristown held off the rally to go into halftime scoreless at the break.
Five minutes into the second half, the Dodgers felt what was a handball infraction on Morristown in the box went uncalled by an official, setting the Madison bench off in protest.