RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph boys’ soccer team is looking forward to their next Morris County Tournament game, where they will face the number two seed, Mount Olive in the semifinals. They are gaining momentum as of late, and their 4-1 record in their past five games should give their team confidence before the big game.
Randolph hosted Sparta on Tuesday October 13, and they started fast and didn’t look back as they put away the Spartans 7-2. This win isn’t only important to keep the monument rolling, but it allowed Randolph’s starting core to prepare for the up coming week. It also gave role players the opportunities to take advantage of the playing time to prepare as well.
Right out of the gate Randolph’s Mike Galipo opened up the game with a quick goal, his first of what would be three on the game. Teammates built off of Galipo’s early success, as Rodrigo Avila took care of business and buried a goal on an assist by teammate Mike Lauria, and Randolph started to run away from Sparta. Goalie Evan Miele kept the shutout alive in first half with help from the Randolph defense shutting down Sparta’s offensive threats.
Leading 4-0, the second half would open up in a different way for the Rams as Sparta’s offensive managed to get past the Randolph defense and put up two quick goals to cut the lead to 4-2.
Not letting the mistakes get to them, Randolph charged back with goals from Mateo Panizza, Nick Shetzline, and Vladimir Hernandez and put the game out of reach to secure the victory.
With the win Randolph has improved to an 8-3-1 record and look to continue their success into the county and state tournament. Randolph’s hot start has put them in a first place tie with West Morris in their conference. The Rams are looking forward to the challenge of playing Mount Olive this upcoming Sunday in the semifinals of the County tournament. Before that, they first they have to play Parsippany Hills Thursday October 15, a game that’s away, before refocusing on the County game Sunday.