MORRISTOWN – The seventh-seeded Morristown High School girls soccer team had no trouble with 10th-seeded North Bergen in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 tournament on Monday at Greystone Park in Morris Plains, shutting out the Bruins by a 5-0 score.
The Colonials put in four goals in the first half and a ton of players saw time on the field. Kathryn Duff, Maddie Gallagher, Tara O’Neill, Katie McGuinness and Olivia Scott netted goals, while Eva Oden, Maris Wheeler, Duff and Scott had assists.
“It was a great performance from the entire squad,” said Morristown head coach Scott Hansen. “We got every player on the field today and I thought we really played to our potential.”
Morristown, which improved to 11-3-4 on the season, will likely have a greater test on Thursday in the sectional quarterfinals.
The Colonials were scheduled to play either second-seeded Randolph or 15th-seeded Hackensack, with Randolph being the huge favorite in that first-round meeting that was also scheduled for Monday.
Randolph won the Morris County Tournament earlier this season and defeated Morristown both in the county tournament and in each team’s season opener back in September.
Hansen is hoping the third time could be the charm for Morristown.
“We have gotten better each time we’ve played them,” Hansen said. “We’ve grown throughout the season. We’re healthy; we’re fit. I’m hoping for a better result. The last two games came down to errors.”
Hansen and his team will hope to limit those errors and be better at executing. Randolph has only given up seven goals all season.
Thursday’s Halloween meeting is also calling for rain, so those elements could make for an interesting contest between the county foes.