RANDOLPH NJ--The Randolph Boys Varsity Soccer team was eliminated from the Morris County Tournament on Sunday afternoon after losing 1-0 to the Morris Hills Scarlet Knights at home. Randolph, the 3 seed, headed into the second round of the tournament to take on Morris Hills, the 14 seed, after enjoying a bye week in the first round.
In the initial minutes of the first half, Morris Hills Luis Gonzales sniped the first and only goal of the game, assisted by Christian Fuentes.
Hills dominated the first half, effectively controlling the ball and keeping possession.
“We went down early in the first few minutes, so for the rest of the game it was hard to play composed,” senior Ryan Gibb commented on the team’s performance.
Although the score remained unchanged for the remainder of the game, the Rams refocused in the second half, creating increased offensive pressure and finding more chances to score.
“We started to turn it on and create opportunities. Those last 40 minutes were played in Hills’ half,” Gibb remarked on the second half.
Morris Hills goalie Gerald McCarthy finished with ten saves, earning his sixth shutout this season.
The Scarlet Knights will now go onto play Mount Olive in the quarter-finals of the MCT, as Randolph falls to 5-4-1.
“We played well, but we were just unable to finish and respond to their early goal,” senior Ryan Ruhalter, one of the team’s captains, commented.
With states approaching soon, the Rams will look to bounce back from the upset in their next game, as they take on Delbarton at home on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 4:00PM.