The Moorestown Friends Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer teams made school history yesterday evening at Holmdel High School as they both captured NJSIAA Non-Public B South championships. The girls defeated Holy Spirit 3-2 in double overtime, and the boys downed Holy Cross 2-0. Both will now play in state championship matches on Sunday:
NJSIAA Non-Public B South Soccer Championship Matches
Sunday, November 15
Location: Kean University, Alumni Stadium, 1000 Morris Ave., Union, NJ
Boys, 3 p.m.:
Newark Academy vs. Moorestown Friends
Girls, 5:30 p.m.:
Villa Walsh vs. Moorestown Friends
Yesterday evening, a large contingent of students (most traveled on two fan buses), family, friends, and alumni provided a loud boost to both teams in a partisan atmosphere for the Foxes at Holmdel.
In the girls match, MFS struck first in the 25th minute when Alyssa Runyan drove a free kick from 30 yards out over the outstretched arms of the Spartan keeper. Eight minutes later Holy Spirit tied the match. The Spartans took the lead early in the second half, but Chloe Chen picked a great time to score her first goal of the season when she deposited an Andrea Kinzler cross into the net to knot the game at two with 22 minutes remaining. Both teams traded opportunities to no avail until 1:12 remained in the second overtime period. Kasper got loose in the right corner and drove a shot on frame that the Spartan keeper deflected across the goal mouth, and Chloe Jones was in the right place at the right time to knock the gamewinner into the net from one yard out and bedlam ensued as the Foxes celebrated their second consecutive South Jersey title.
In the nightcap, the boys’ team came out strong in the first half and established possession on the quick artificial turf. In the 17th minute, Andrew Denittis played a cross deep from the far corner that tri-captain Chris Grahn headed home from 8 yards out for the opening goal.
After halftime, the Lancers picked up steam but goalie Josh Murdy stood tall, making eight second-half saves. In the 67th minute, Grahn played Eric Price through on goal and the senior calmly finished to the near post to earn a much-needed insurance goal. Thirteen minutes later, the Foxes were South Jersey champs for the first time since 1982. The Foxes won their lone state championship in 1979 over St. Cecilia’s of Kearny.
Watch both South Jersey championship matches (complete with play-by-play and analysis by Edward Gelernt ’16 and David Borne ’16) in their entirety thanks to Wordsworth:
Follow Sunday’s matches on Twitter and on video!
You can follow Sunday’s NJSIAA state championship soccer matches on Twitter and Wordsworth will also offer a live video stream of the match. Follow their account to get the link. Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) will also carry the game live online. See the link below.
You do not need to have a Twitter account to follow the action. Just visit the links above!