West Morris girls soccer shuts out Roxbury

West Morris girls soccer shuts out Roxbury

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West Morris girls soccer shuts out Roxbury

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ROXBURY TOWNSHIP

After battling back and forth for more than 70 minutes with no score, the West Morris girls soccer team had finally had enough.

With seven minutes left in the game senior forward Sydney Sapir scored on assists from senior midfielder Hannah Malian and sophomore Madison Schmitt and took a shot from about 10 yards out that went up and over Roxbury goalie Angella Sandelli that gave the Wolfpack a 1-0 victory over the Gaels on Monday.

“I think (the ball) kind of ricocheted off my defender and I got a touch around her and I had someone on my back, and coach has been telling me to take less touches and get my shot off, so I just remembered that and took a shot,” Sapir said.

Monday was the first match-up between Roxbury (1-2) and West Morris (3-1) since November when the Gaels won their first North 2 Group III sectional title in 15 years with a shootout win over the Wolfpack.

“That’s kind of what we said before the game, that’s how we got riled up,” Sapir said. “We just all remembered last year and how much it hurt so it was motivation for this game.”

Roxbury took 13 shots on goal, including four corner kicks, but sophomore goalie Ilissa Webb was a wall in net with 13 saves as the Wolfpack picked up its third shutout of the season.

“I think we played well, our offense put in a goal and our defense played strong,” Webb said. “Without the defense then we wouldn’t have had the shutout. We put one of our best defenders on (Paige) Monaghan and she guarded her very well, defense also picked it up and we played well.”

Sophomore Emily Driscoll was charged with defending Monaghan and held the Gaels’ main threat to only two shots on goal.

“I’ve definitely seen her play before and she actually used to play on a team with me, so I’ve seen her play and I know which way she cuts and I definitely have an idea on what I should do,” Driscoll said of Monaghan. “We just wanted to keep them contained, no outside runs, they like to take the endline just as much as we do and the shots, they have great shots so it was just a matter of containing.”

West Morris took eight shots on goal, including five corner kicks, and Sandelli made seven saves for Roxbury.

With a 1-0 loss to Randolph on Thursday, the Wolfpack needed Monday’s win to bolster their confidence in the National Division.

“Especially after a tough loss to Randolph, this is good for us,” Sapir said. “To keep our heads up and get going.”

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