ROXBURY - The accomplishments of the 2015 Roxbury High School girls soccer team and its coach were recognized Tuesday by the township mayor and council.
Eight members of the team joined coach Justin Renna in accepting awards at the meeting. Renna pointed out that many other girls on the team could not attend the meeting because they were out practicing in the rain.
Renna was named coach of the year by the Morris County Girls Soccer Coaches Association. He led the Gaels to a Morris County Tournament co-championship and the North 2, Group III sectional title.
The team finished the season 18-3-1, substantially helped by the playing of senior Paige Monaghan who was awarded player of the year by the coaches association. Monaghan scored 29 goals, setting a record for the most goals in a season. She broke a prior record for all-time career goals by scoring 79 during her high school career. The prior record was 67 goals.
The coaches association named Monaghan to its first team. It named Roxbury players Andra Arias, Deanna Graziani and Ryelle Sansone to its second team and Jamie Katxenberger and Caitlin Mertens received an honorable mention.
Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall praised the coaching skills of Renna, pointing out that Renna coached his daughter in soccer about a decade ago. "It's not a mistake that his whole philosophy worked out so well for Roxbury, Hall said. He told the players that Renna is not the type of coach who will forget about them after they leave the high school.
"As you girls graduate, he does keep in contact," said the councilman.