After falling to Morris Hills 2-0 back on Sept. 24, the Mount Olive girls soccer team was determined to win the rematch on Friday.
Senior midfielder Nicolette Thorkildsen led the way, scoring two goals to lead the Marauders over the Scarlet Knights 2-1 in an American Division matchup.
“We were just really pumped up because they beat us last time earlier in the season, so we just wanted to get a chance to beat them before the season ends,” Thorkildsen said. “All we can do is try our best and we beat them today.”
The Marauders are usually slow starters, taking the first half to feel out their opponents, but Thorkildsen got Mount Olive (8-7-1) on the board quickly, scoring on an assist from sophomore forward Sarah McEvoy with 32 minutes 31 seconds remaining.
“We do come out late,” Thorkildsen said. “We always say why do we take until the second half to come out, but today I think we were just so pumped and we didn’t want to lose again to the same team, so we just came out and we scored right away.”
Morris Hills (6-6-2) evened the game with 9:05 left to play in the half when sophomore forward Lauren Sysyn took a feed from sophomore midfielder Frankie Perna and sent it past Mount Olive goalie Maggie Nolan to tie the game 1-1.
Thorkildsen struck again with 2:23 left in the half when she was awarded a direct kick at the 21-yard line. She sent the ball up and over Scarlet Knights goalie Melanie Marotta and just under the crossbar to pull the Marauders ahead 2-1. In the second half, Mount Olive’s defense took over and kept Morris Hills off balance and unable to tie game.
“I think we did really well,” senior defender Sarah Fasino said. “We did a really good job clearing it out of the back and not letting them take any shots. I feel like we stayed with our marks a lot better this time and we didn’t let them take any moves and take us on, we just stepped in front and cleared the ball.”
With about 20 minutes left Morris Hills junior forward Alondra Diaz managed to break away from the defense and was one-on-one with Nolan. Diaz took the shot, but Nolan made the save to keep Mount Olive ahead.
“They were a little nerve racking but we were able to hold it up and kept it out of our goal and we won,” Thorkildsen said.
|Mount Olive (8-7-1)||2||0||–||2|
|Morris Hills (6-6-2)||1||0||–||1|
GOALS: (MO) Thorkildsen 2; (MH) Sysyn. ASSISTS: (MO) McEvoy; (MH) Perna. SAVES: (MO) Nolan 5; (MH) Marotta 3, Hill 2.