RANDOLPH, NJ- Having compiled an unbeaten record of 9-0-2 in the first two thirds of the season, the Randolph girls’ soccer team is now staring down the homestretch of the 2019 season. While they are happy with the success, they are trying to not be complacent, and to keep their eyes on the prize.
“As a team we are focusing on what we like to call “the grind”, which is the part of the season that is a nonstop grind consisting of hard work, dedication and perseverance,” said goalie and team captain Ellie Sciancalepore. “As we approach the Morris County Tournament, conference games and even state games, we must understand the importance of each match and the fact that every game plays a role in our success.”
The Lady Rams have been steady and consistent this season, working their way up the state rankings to their current spot of No. 14. Their only blemishes have come in their two ties, against arguably two of their chief rivals in Roxbury and Morris Knolls.
In the Morris County Tournament Randolph is the No. 1 seed, and after defeating Montville 2-0 this past Saturday (Sept. 28), they are in the semi-final round and will host Morristown on Sunday Oct. 6.
Senior Dylan Bodnar and Junior Claire Doto scored against Montville to power the offense.
Randolph defeated Elizabeth 2-1 on Tuesday Oct. 1 behind goals from Kiki Ianacconni and Julia Yan, and finished out their week with a 3-0 defeat of Mendham on Thursday Oct. 3. Senior Lauren Robles had all three Randolph goals in that match.
“Our team is confident and proud of what we have done so far, but we share a mutual understanding that our record is just a record, and that we have yet to put the year “2019” up on a banner,” said Sciancalepore, who has earned six shutouts this season.” “As happy as we are with our strong start, we feel that there is more to come and we have yet to reach our peak potential.”