RANDOLPH, NJ- While the first win of a new season is always satisfying for any team, when it comes against your chief rival in your home opener, it is that much sweeter. The Randolph girls’ soccer team experienced just that on Thursday Sept. 13 when they won their home opener over Roxbury by the score of 2-0. The Lady Rams followed that game up with a 1-0 win over Mendham to move their record to 2-1-1.
“It feels great to beat Roxbury on our home field, especially for my senior year,” said Captain Kate O’Neill. “We could have played a better game, but it is good that we got the win even though we didn’t play our best.”
Against the Gaels, the offense all came in the first half off the foot of Lauren Robles, who deposited the ball into the Roxbury net twice to power the Lady Rams. The goals came on two nice through ball passes up the middle, in which Randolph caught the Gaels defense a little too high and Robles was able to collect the passes and score.
“We have a lot of positive energy right now on the team,” said captain Kate O’Neill. “We are getting better at communicating with each other, knowing where our teammates are going to be, and also knowing what everyone’s strengths are out on the field.”
After opening the season with a 2-0 road loss to Morris Knolls, the Lady Rams traveled to Bergen County to face an always tough Ridgewood team. After falling behind 2-0 in the first half, Randolph showed resiliency by turning the tables in the second half to earn themselves a 2-2 tie.
“I thought we made some good adjustments at halftime against Ridgewood, who every year is a really good team,” said coach Colleen Suflay. “We regrouped at halftime and made some adjustments, and our girls answered that pretty nicely with some physical and smart play in the second half to battle back.”
Randolph plays next on the road against Union on Monday Sept. 17.