SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta High School girls soccer team had a win against Morris Hills on Friday as they celebrated their seniors. 

The game was at a 0-0 stalemate for the first half.  The only goal of the game came at the start of the second half.  Emily Dilger put a shot on goal that Morris Hills goalie got a glove on.  It was not enough and the ball tipped into the net.

“They were physical but we held our own,” Captain Hailey Mead said. “Emily Dilger brought us together [during halftime] and said we had to play for our seniors.  We all pulled together and played tough for the second half.”

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Sparta keeper Julia Flake had three saves.

After the game the seniors were honored by the underclassmen.  Each of the younger players presented a gift and a rose to a senior.  Over and over the girls said “I love you and am going to miss you,” amidst hugs and laughs.

As it is early in the year most have not chosen their college. 

  • Hailey Mead will attend University of Michigan. 
  • Kaitlin Mead is undecided
  • Julia Liland is undecided.
  • Zoe Canzoniero plans to pursue a pre-med degree
  • Marirose Fischer plans to study architecture “in the south.”
  • Tori Seeland will attend Wheaton College to study chemistry.
  • April VanNieuwland plans to pursue a degree in business administration.
  • Danielle Francescutto will be attending the University of Delaware where she will pursue a business degree.

The girls dropped their quarterfinal Hunter/Warren/Sussex tournament game against Hunterdon Central 1-0.

They will play Randolph on Monday.  The Sparta girls record stands at 8-5-1.