Morristown girls soccer defeats Parsippany Hills

Morristown girls soccer defeats Parsippany Hills

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Morristown girls soccer defeats Parsippany Hills

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The Morristown girls soccer team picked up its first conference win in nearly three years on Wednesday with a 1-0 victory over Parsippany Hills in a National Division matchup.

The win was also the Colonials’ second of the season and second in a row after a victory over Jefferson on Monday.

“We started seven freshmen, two sophomores so we’re obviously coming into this league very young this year but every game has been competitive for us,” Morristown coach John Babula said. “Things are starting to turn around, this is our second win in a row, fourth game in a row we scored, a lot of little goals that we’ve set for ourselves are being met, so it looks good.”

Parsippany Hills (4-12) outshot Morristown (2-12) 3-0 in the first half and took four corners to the Colonials’ zero, but the Vikings couldn’t get a goal. In the second half Morristown started to apply the pressure a little bit more and began getting shots on net.

“I think that some things we could have done a little better,” Morristown sophomore defender Julia Hall said. “But I think in the end we were really clearing things out and we were giving them the pressure that we needed to give them and that we didn’t give them the last time we played them.”

With under five minutes to play freshman forward Sarah Cunningham took the ball upfield and took a shot that Vikings goalie Rochelle Blair saved, but the ball went back out onto the field where freshman midfielder Olivia Perry was waiting. She sent the ball back to Cunningham who shot it back past Blair for the 1-0 lead.

“I was dribbling down the field and I missed and Olivia got it and I got a second chance,” Cunningham said. “I was really happy.”

The Vikings tried frantically to get an equalizer in the final minutes, but they couldn’t get the ball past Colonials goalie Julie Blumstein and Morristown was able to avenge a 2-1 loss to Parsippany Hills on Sept. 20.

“It was important because we haven’t really won many games but we put it together,” Perry said of the win.

Babula said that even though his team went so long without a victory, his players never once gave up on the season, although it was difficult to try and keep the morale up after so many losses. The coaching staff kept practices light so that while his players were still learning and getting better, they weren’t feeling the immense pressure of trying to get that first win.

“We’ve had so many games where we’ve looked really good and just haven’t put the ball away, we just missed our shots, that’s all it is,” Babula said. “Now we’re starting to finish a little bit and that’s the difference. You score, you win, it’s as easy as that. This is by far our best win because this was a hard-fought win.”

Motwn. (2-12) 0 1 1
PH (4-12) 0 0 0

GOALS: (M) Cunningham. ASSISTS: (M) Perry. SAVES: (M) Blumstein 11; (PH) Blair 1.

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