RANDOLPH, NJ- With a large core of seniors, most of whom have been playing varsity since sophomore year, the expectations are high for the 2019 Randolph Girls soccer team.
After two games, it appears they have come out of the gate heading in the right direction by securing a 2-0 record so far.
“The team is definitely motivated after our two wins to start the season, Morristown and Knolls are both very good teams so we were glad to get the wins,” said captain Becca D’Egidio. “There is still a tremendous amount of things we are aiming to improve upon but we are excited to take this momentum into the rest of the season.”
Senior Striker Karen Hull started the scoring in the opener against Morristown when she chipped the ball into the net off a scramble in front. The first half turned into a physical battle, as both teams went at each other with the intensity of a do or die playoff game. At halftime, Randolph held a tough fought 1-0 lead.
The Lady Rams took charge in the second half however, as Hull added a second goal, Lauren Robles netted two, and Kiki Ianacconni added one to power Randolph to a 5-0 victory.
“The Morristown game was definitely a physical one and was a crazy game to start the season off with,” said D’Egidio. “I think both teams were very excited about their seasons beginning and that added a bit more competitiveness to the match.”
In their second game against Knolls, Randolph again took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Hull. The senior took the ball down the middle towards the net, and as the Golden Eagles goalie came out to challenge, Hull slipped it past her to put her team up.
In the second half, Randolph faced a significant disadvantage, playing the final 35 minutes one player down after a red card was issued. But in the end, Randolph’s defense held strong, preserving the 1-0 lead to secure victory.
Randolph plays next away at Roxbury on Monday Sept. 9 at 4:00 pm.