Holmdel falls in Group II final, but seniors leave lasting legacy

Holmdel falls in Group II final, but seniors leave lasting legacy

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Holmdel falls in Group II final, but seniors leave lasting legacy

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Holmdel goalie Mattie Milkowski reaches back can't stop a shot on goal that was eventually kicked in for Ramapo's second goal in their 2-0 win over Holmdel. Holmdel Girls Soccer vs Ramapo in NJSIAA State Group II Championship at Kean University on November 21, 2015 in Union, NJ.

Holmdel goalie Mattie Milkowski reaches back can’t stop a shot on goal that was eventually kicked in for Ramapo’s second goal in their 2-0 win over Holmdel. Holmdel Girls Soccer vs Ramapo in NJSIAA State Group II Championship at Kean University on November 21, 2015 in Union, NJ.

UNION – Holmdel’s bid at back-to-back NJSIAA Group II titles came up just short on Saturday afternoon, falling to Ramapo 2-0 in the Group II final at Kean University.

It was a rematch of last year’s group final, which Holmdel won 1-0 courtesy of a Gabby Bair set piece, giving the school its first overall group championship in school history.

Ramapo scored off two corners in the first half from Monica Scagilone, and it was all the Indians would need to win their 13th overall group state title.

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Karlie Brogan scored the first goal and Olivia Kraebel netted the second one just before halftime.

Despite the loss, there is still much to be proud of for the Hornet senior class, which includes Bair, Hannah Lee, Casey Matthijs and several others.

Holmdel won its second straight state sectional title, after defeating Rumson-FH in penalty kicks this season.

“It’s been a good two years, especially after winning the whole thing last year,” Lee said. “it’s tough to lose this game, we have worked so hard all season to get here, but overall I’m proud of my entire team for getting here.”

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Despite losing early in the Shore Conference Tournament, and failing to claim a divisional title, the Hornets showed their competitive nature during this state tournament run.

“Early on we had some girls banged up,” Holmdel head coach Jennifer Conroy said. “For them to come back and work as hard as they did to get back here says a lot about this group.”

For senior Gabby Bair the atmosphere is something that will be missed the most.

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“It’s just good to be able to come play with all of my high school friends, the atmosphere is great, when kids come out and cheer us on during the games” Bair said. “It was just a great experience and I’m so happy I was able to do it for four years.”

It’s off to Bucknell next season for Bair, who will continue at the Division I level.

“I’m just really excited to continue my soccer career,” Bair said. “I knew I wanted to continue playing in college, I’m just really excited to start that next year.”

Staff Writer: Chris Parker cparker@gannettnj.com

 

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