Daily Record from Morristown, New Jersey on November 21, 1993 · Page 28
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C4 Daily Record, Morris County, N.J. Sunday, November 21 , 1993 LOCAL SPORTS i ------ m-m-mm-m, ...... .. . . . pyc ' CHRIS PEOOTA Daily Record Randolph's Kelly Gubitosa (right) and Heather Steinman sandwich Holy Cross' Michelle Sheerin In yesterday's Group IV final. Holy Cross conquers Randolph By Bob Shwalb Daily Record EWING TWP. - Randolph girls soccer coach Ann Clifton had a positive view of things after yesterday's 2-0 loss to Holy Cross in the Group IV final at Trenton State College. "I honestly believe eight teams come down here and eight teams leave winners," Clifton said. "To be able to play in the state championship is the pinnacle of girls soccer." Clifton's team came within one win of reaching the actual peak for the second time in three years. Two years ago, the Rams bested Holy .Cross in the final, 1-0. After that game, Lady Lancers coach Frank Sgroi was very upset about a controver sial, disallowed goal he felt cost his team the title. "For the past two years, we've had some payback coming," Sgroi said. "Four girls were on that team and we all felt we had to get it back. It was time to get the state championship." Sgroi's team accomplished that, in part, by playing the Rams to a 0-0 tie at the half. Despite having a tremendous wind blowing against them for the first 40 minutes, they were still able to mount a slight advantage in the play. "The wind kicked up in the second half, much more than in the first," Clifton said. "We went with the odds that we'd try to get a goal in the first." The dice came up double zeroes for the Rams and after the intermission, it didn't take the Lancers long to roll a seven. After a throw-in deep in the Randolph zone, the ball came out to Nancy Greco at the top of the goal area. She controlled it with her back to the goal and then did a half turn to her left, creating room to shoot. Her perfectly placed, right-footer from 15 yards out found the upper right-hand corner at the 6:01 mark. Eight minutes later, her team used the wind to add an insurance goal. Robin Kriza rocketed a line drive shot from 35 yards, straight out, which was caught by the jetstream. It took one bounce on the turf before deflecting off and over the Ram keeper's chest and into the goal. "There's nothing much you can do with a 100 mile-an-hour wind coming at you," said Rams fullback Jodie McKenna. Randolph was unable to mount any sort of consistent attack against the wind as Holy Cross kept the pressure on until the final whistle. "From the beginning of the game, we just weren't clicking," said Rams sweeper Misty Bren-nan. "We were all psyched up and confident to be here but from the minute we started playing, we weren't communicating. "Our season was a real success. We were conference, co-county and sectional champions. You've got to look at the bright side." Morris Catholic girls win states , 6th straight time By Bob Shwalb Daily Record EWING TWP. - Morris Catholic senior Dina DaCosta looked at the big picture after yesterday's 1-0 win over Pitman in the girls soccer Group I finals. "It's like Michael Jordan," DaCosta said. "We've accomplished everything we possibly could. We're proud of ourselves and we have every right to be." Morris Catholic's girls soccer teams tend to become proud of themselves this time of year. After all, yesterday's victory at Trenton State College gave the Crusaders their sixth straight Group I state championship. So seniors like DaCosta will graduate next spring having helped put together a staggering list of credentials four state championships, all or part of four Morris County titles and four Northern Hills Conference-Suburban division crowns. DaCosta started on all of these teams, as did classmates Liz Kelly, Janet Hassenplug and Jaime Welsch. Colleen Marscher, another senior, was in the starting lineup early in 1990 but missed the championships that fall after barely surviving a serious car wreck. "Coming back from the accident was really hard but I owe a lot to coach (Steve) Racine," Marscher said. "He wasn't easy on me. He was very hard on me and at the time I took it the wrong way. But now I realize he was just trying to help me come back." Tears flowed from Marscher's eyes after yesterday's game, as was the case with each of her classmates. The tears consisted of one part joy and one part sorrow the victory and the realization that it was all over. ' "I played with these guys for six-! years," Hassenplug said. "It's re-1 ally upsetting. But I'm glad we ended it on this note." 1 "We were all a little emotional last night and this morning,". Welsch said. "The seniors are re- ally close and we all love each other. We know we're never going to play on a team with this many people who won't admit they're good." , The Crusaders aren't a cocky group but against Pitman, they made it look easy. ,, Before 10 minutes had elapsed,-they scored twice and effectively put the game out of reach. Jill Meeker opened the scoring, taking a pass from Kara Olivo and sprinting down the right side of, the goal area before putting it home. Kelly added an early insurance goal soon afterward when she weaved through a crowd of de- fenders on the right side of the goal area and scored from the same spot Meeker had shot from. "We were out here early this morning to watch the Randolph game," DaCosta said. "We knew the wind was definitely going to be a factor and we had to keep the ball on the ground. We got our opportunities and we connected." 1 The Crusaders got it together" and in doing so, took their opponents apart. Pitman finished the game without recording a shot on -goal. 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After a short punt into the wind, Mendham took over at the Jefferson 46. Eight plays later, lorio, who rushed for 130 yards on 18 carries, burst into the end zone on a five-yard run to hand his club a 6-0 lead. "Our strategy was pin 'em deep early, get good field position and get up on 'em quick," lorio said. "We like to have the momentum in the beginning of the game. I think getting on them early like that was a key to the game." Another key moment came on Jefferson's ensuing possession. Thanks to a 29-yard run from Mike Barnish and a facemask penalty, the Falcons moved all the way to the Mendham 23. On first down, Barnish (16 for 59) gained nine more to the 14. However, on second down he was dropped for a two-yard loss. Quarterback Keith Johnson (9-of-17 passing for 105 yards) gained those two back on third down, setting up a crucial fourth and 1 at the 14. A motion penalty pushed Jefferson back five yards, forcing a pass play which failed when Tom Farrell knocked down Johnson's pass. It was the Falcons' one and only quality scoring opportunity of the afternoon. "That was the biggest point of the game," Johnson said. "We had driven about 60 yards. If we scored right there we would have been right back in the game, but it all fell apart on us." "They came ready to play, we didn't," Johnson said. "It's hard to explain. Mendham 20, Jefferson 0 Jefferson (9-11 Mendham (9-0) 0 0 0 0-0 M lono 5 run (kick failed) M Sepaniak 3 run (Sepaniak run). M Blum 10 run (kick tailed) 6 8 6 0-20 FkVvS Lobe 1 rea se fittings L-J LsVoUPON Wi TmTiii-C' Check all fluid levels rz , r .. i Wjf T7r ?Y Inspect tires and set I Coupon txplw Pic. 3 1, 1 993 'i J I jfrr air pressure SE V ymQm Inspect exhaust system '-gmmmmm i!"f,', suspension ; i 11 II .GWwtiH IS, 1 j-g-1-. Mutt prnt coupon whon ordar It written. t 'J?!?! 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