KEARNY, NJ- With time winding down late in the second half, it appeared as though the 2017 season for the Randolph girls soccer team was about to come to an end.
Trailing No. 6 seed Kearny 1-0 with three minutes left, the No. 11 seeded Lady Rams found life when they scored to tie the game at 1-1.
“We scored in the last three minutes because we never put our heads down,” said Randolph coach Colleen Suflay. “I think the idea of our season being over and us working so hard to get into states finally clicked, so we did not stop until we put the ball in the back of the net.”
Once they did, the regulation time ticked off and it was on to overtime. Two ten minute overtimes would produce no more scoring, and the game turned to penalty kicks to decide a winner. The Lady Rams would come out on top, and move on to face Clifton in the next round.
“Our defense all around the field was stingy and tough,” said Suflay. “Our midfield cut off Kearny’s distribution to their forwards, and if it did get sent forward, Kaitlin Robinson gave #22 ( Kearny’s star player ) no space to breathe.“
Coach Suflay cited her entire teams attitude and effort as the reason for the win.
“I think we won because we gave an extreme effort, and just one example was when one of our own players (Robinson) cleared the ball off of the goal line when Ellie ( Rams goalie Ellie Sciancelapore ) wasn’t back there to do it. We had a mindset of not stepping off this field without winning, and it showed.”
Randolph travels to Clifton on Thursday Nov.2, to face the No. 3 seed on their home turf.