NJSIAA state playoff roundup: Tuesday
Tuesday, November 15
Ramsey punched its ticket to the Group 2 finals with a 3-1 victory over Madison. Forty-goal scorer Lexi Knief continued her masterful offensive season with a pair of goals, and she also set up a third tally by Addie Jensen. Nicole Cirilli made five saves for Ramsey, which will square off against Robbinsville in the Group 2 title game.
Northern Highlands 6, West Morris 0 HIGHLIGHTS
Northern Highlands will advance to the Group 3 championship game against Moorestown Saturday afternoon at The College of New Jersey after defeating West Morris Tuesday night, 6-0. Although the goalkeeper Kendall Ballotti for West Morris had 11 saves, it wasn’t enough to stop the fiery offense of Northern Highlands. Goals from four different teammates -- including Carly Leipzig, who scored twice -- led the Highlanders to victory. West Morris ends its season at 12-6-3, while Northern Highlands remains undefeated at 23-0-0.
Ridge 1, Montclair 0 HIGHLIGHTS
No. 1 Montclair was defeated Tuesday night by Ridge, which came out with the 1-0 victory. Kelly McWhorter scored the decisive goal, assisted by Gigi Cifelli. Ridge’s goalkeeper Rachel Axt had six saves to keep Ridge afloat. The Mounties' 6-2 shot advantage led them to the Group 4 finals, which will take place at The College of New Jersey on Saturday afternoon against four-year defending champion Lenape.
Moorestown 1, Matawan 0 HIGHLIGHTS
Junior defender Nicole Varela stepped up at the right time for the Moorestown girls soccer team Tuesday, scoring the only goal, via penalty kick, in a 1-0 victory over Matawan in the Group 3 semifinal. Moorestown dominated offensively throughout the game but failed to convert on several opportunities. Late in the second half, Steph Toy was taken down in the box, drawing the penalty kick which Valera was then called upon to take. The lone goal propelled Moorestown into the Group 3 final this Saturday at the College of New Jersey, where it will face undefeated Northern Highlands.
Pingry 2, Red Bank Catholic 1 HIGHLIGHTS
Pingry scored twice against Red Bank Catholic in the second half to come from behind and win, 2-1, to secure the Non-Public A title Tuesday night at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Pingry went into halftime of the Non-Public A final down 1-0 despite a strong first-half performance from its offense and Red Bank Catholic’s defense. But Pingry finally scored when senior midfielder Corey Delaney took a pass on the left side and dribbled across the top of the box while blocking out defenders from Red Bank Catholic. Reaching the arc, she slid a low pass into the box that Shayna Blackwood put into the left side of the net from 11 yards out to tie the game at one. It was Pingry's fifth title and first since winning a third straight in 2006. Red Bank Catholic is 0-3-1 in its last four state-final appearances.
Ramapo 1, Scotch Plains 0 HIGHLIGHTS
Ian Fayorsey scored a goal assisted by James Buonavita in the second to give Ramapo a 1-0 victory against Scotch Plains Tuesday night. Fayoresey scored on a header off Buonavita’s corner kick. They outscored Scotch Plains 4-2 and ended their 13 game winning streak. Ramapo will match up against Timber Creek in the Group 3 championship title game tomorrow night at 8 p.m. at The College of New Jersey.
Waldwick 1, Glen Ridge 0 (PK) HIGHLIGHTS
Waldwick took a 5-4 advantage in the shootout and clinched a victory in the Group 1 semifinals over Glen Ridge on Tuesday. Waldwick, which improves to 17-5-2, punched its ticket to the championship on Sunday at TCNJ. The program is searching for its first state title since 1995.
Bernards 1, Newton 0
Johannes Oster scored on a header with 16 minutes left to play to secure a 1-0 win for Bernards over Newton in the Group 2 semifinals. Bernards has won a series of close games this season and Sam Polito came up with yet another shutout, his 18th of the year, bringing his team within one game of a state title. Bernards will face Holmdel in the finals.
Bridgewater-Raritan 1, Kearny 0 (PK) HIGHLIGHTS
Both goalkeepers put in a great effort Tuesday night with Kearny’s Tyler Anderson recording seven saves and Alex Kaminetsky of Bridgewater-Raritan saving nine. The game went into penalty kick shootout and it was Bridgewater-Raritan that prevailed. Zak Jones scored the very important and decisive shot to win the game. They will face Cherokee at the State College of New Jersey tomorrow night to try and win their first state title since 2005. Kearny ends it season at 18-5-1.