Mendham girls soccer defeats Madison in Morris County Tournament

Mendham girls soccer defeats Madison in Morris County Tournament

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Mendham girls soccer defeats Madison in Morris County Tournament

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Coming into Sunday’s Morris County Tournament game, the Mendham girls soccer team was determined to get past the first round, something it couldn’t accomplish last season.

Behind two goals from Meghan Donovan and Tina Yeardon, the eighth-seeded Minutemen shut out ninth-seeded Madison 2-0 and advanced to the quarterfinals.

Donovan, a freshman, scored her first varsity goal late in the first half to give Mendham (4-6) a 1-0 lead after strong, defensive play on both sides of the field.

“It was amazing,” Donovan said of scoring her first goal. “I’m a freshman so it was really exciting and I wasn’t even sure if I was going to play today, but then I scored.”

Yeardon connected on her goal in the second half to put the Minutemen up 2-0, which seemed to ignite something in the Dodgers (6-3). After that second goal until the end of the game, Mendham played defense and tried to protect its lead against Madison’s onslaught.

“Coach (Mark) Lahey said score as many as possible and when you feel comfortable pretty much just get back on defense and just try to hold the win,” Yeardon said. “So that’s pretty much what we tried to do. And of course they started pushing forward and that’s all we had left to do.”

Mendham’s defense held Madison to only one shot on goal in the first half and the Minutemen outshot the Dodgers 8-3 the whole game. In the second half Madison had a chance for a goal, but the shot hit the crossbar and bounced back onto the field.

“We have an amazing defense,” Mendham senior midfielder Becky Gohsler said. “They’re the toughest and most aggressive and they help us win every game.”

The Minutemen advance to face top-seeded Randolph in the quarterfinals next Sunday. The Rams defeated No. 16 Morris Knolls 6-1 on Sunday.

“We knew (Madison was) good, so coming into this game we knew we had to come out and play our best with heart because we weren’t really sure how it was going to go,” Yeardon said. “So we were just hoping to get through this game so we can get to Randolph next week and get revenge.”

Madison (6-3) 0 0 0
Mendham (4-6) 1 1 2

GOALS: (ME) Donovan, Yerdon. SAVES: (ME) Scarola 5; (MA) Qualben 3.

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