MORRISTOWN – With a lot of experience on the Morristown High School girls soccer team, head coach Scott Hansen is looking to put it all together. Senior forward Morgan O’Neill leads the group as the leading scorer the last two seasons. She finished with 11 goals last season as a junior.
“She is fit and she looks good and she had some success early on in the scrimmages,” Hansen said of O’Neill. “We won’t know for certain how it’s going to shake out until we get to the regular season.”
Morristown finished last season with a 10-8-1 record, reaching the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 tournament quarterfinals before falling to
Montclair. Morristown defeated North Bergen by an 8-0 score in the first round of the tournament. The Colonials finished third in the NJAC National Division last season.
Morristown returns a core of seniors including Tara O’Neill, Victoria Ruiz, Gabby Romano, Katie McGuinness, Amanda Gillespie, Maya Ruhalter and Mia Cecala, the
“Every girl is a multi-year varsity senior,” Hansen said. “They won the conference as sophomores. We had good leadership last year. We felt like we were going to fight in the
county last year and maybe even the section, but we had multiple injuries. We had four, five season-ending injuries to key people. This year our focus is on staying healthy and finishing this journey they started sophomore year together. The core of the team has now been together for three years.”
As long as the team stays healthy, Hansen believes this group will be very competitive.
Morristown opens the season at Randolph on Sept. 4. The team opens at home on Sept. 6 against Parsippany Hills. Other opponents include Mount Olive, Sparta, Montville, Pope John, Montclair, Mount St. Mary, Morris Hills and Westfield.