The Morristown-Beard girls soccer team just keeps rolling.
After winning the Prep B Tournament championship on Sunday, the ninth-seeded Crimson (11-9) won their seventh game in a row on Thursday with a 1-0 upset victory over top-seeded Villa Walsh (12-6-2) in the Non-Public North B quarterfinals.
“We were really excited because we were on a six-game winning streak, so we were feeling really confident that we could win this game,” Morristown-Beard’s Dani Kabat said. “I think it was just all determination. We haven’t beaten this program in so many years so it was all determination to beat them, because that’s our main goal of the season every year.”
Villa Walsh controlled the tempo for most of the game and outshot the Crimson 8-2 in the first half. Junior Megan Lawlor almost gave the Vikings a 1-0 lead with 25:07 remaining in the game, but her shot hit the crossbar and bounced away.
With 7:33 left in the game and overtime looming, Kabat took a pass from Katie Hunt and sent the ball up and over Villa Walsh junior goalie Colleen Brennan for the game’s lone score.
“I saw that there was an open lane in the middle so I screamed for the ball,” Kabat said. “It happened to get past the defender that was right in front of me and I took a couple dribbles and it touched the goalie’s hands but it went right in and it was great, I’m so happy.”
Villa Walsh tried desperately to get the equalizer, but ran out of time as the Morristown-Beard defense kept it from taking any dangerous shots on goal.
“I have to thank my defense, they did amazing, they played phenomenal, they just kept kicking it out, they kept possession back there,” said Crimson goalie Elizabeth Sengle, who picked up the team’s eighth shutout this season. “They barely let any balls in and when they did they were fairly easy to pick up and save.”
Morristown-Beard has lost to Villa Walsh twice already this season, falling 4-2 back on Sept. 23 and 1-0 on Oct. 17. After that last defeat is when the Crimson started their current winning streak.
“I couldn’t be any prouder right now,” Sengle said. “Beating the top seed Villa, that we haven’t beaten in so long and just us working our hearts out out there, it’s just amazing to win.”
Next up for the Crimson is fourth-seeded Montclair Kimberley, which defeated No. 5 Dwight-Englewood 6-2 on Thursday. The two teams will face off in the semifinals on Monday.
“We played MKA in the preps and beat them 3-0, so we’re hoping for a good game again,” Kabat said.
GOALS: (MB) Kabat. ASSISTS: (MB) Hunt. SAVES: (MB) Sengle 12; (VW) Brennan 4.