MENDHAM, NJ - The Parsippany High School girls soccer team opened the season on Wednesday with a road challenge at West Morris Central.
While the Redhawks competed strong, they ultimately fell 3-0 to the Wolfpack – a team Parsippany head coach P.J. Koeck has a ton of respect for.
“We’re a team that’s trying to compete with teams like this,” Koeck said. “It should have been a 1-0 game. I think we fell apart in the beginning of the second half.”
Parsippany is coming off a trip to the sectional semifinals and a 15-5-1 season. It went 9-1 in division play a year ago.
Koeck told his team prior to the start of Wednesday’s contest that West Morris “is one of the top teams in Morris County every year.” The Wolfpack demonstrated what makes it so difficult.
Bridget Molyan got the scoring going in the 17th minute when Parsippany was unable to get the ball out of danger and Moylan saw her opportunity and struck.
“The ball was just bouncing around the middle and I saw that nobody was attacking it,” Moylan said. “One of our big things as a team is to always go for the ball.”
Parsippany had a great opportunity to tie things up a minute later, but West Morris goalie Susan Whittemore made a tremendous leaping save that kept the Wolfpack in front.
In what was a physical contest from both sides, West Morris added insurance with 22:59 remaining, as Kacy Smith found received the ball in the middle of the field, saw open space and fired past Parsippany goalie Jenna Devens.
Then, just over two minutes later, Lauren Brady scored from inside the box and gave the Wolfpack the three-goal advantage.
Parsippany lost six starting seniors from last year’s team.
Players such as junior defender Mariah Colon and senior midfielder Sydney Reich were active throughout the opener.
“We’re playing around with the lineup, seeing how we can replace (the seniors),” Koeck said. “We’re looking for the lineup that’s going to make us click.”
Koeck said he likes the toughness from his group. Defending, however, will be something to work on.
“Defending, defending and defending,” he said. “Staying on our marks, that’s it.”