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Kinnelon Soccer Stumbles Against Randolph

Colts lose after close first half in Morris County quarterfinals.

The Kinnelon High School girls soccer team traveled to Randolph for the Morris County Tournament quarterfinal matchup Sunday. After a close first half, the Colts were beaten by Randolph 3-1.

1st 2nd FINAL Kinnelon (8-4-1)
0 1 1 Randolph (10-1-1) 1 2 3

The Kinnelon girls soccer team tried to get the ball behind the Ram defense. Using that game plan, the first half had a couple of solid opportunities but they were thwarted by Randolph. The battles for the ball at midfield were split 50/50, with no team taking a dramatic advantage. 

Randolph scored the lone goal of the first half. After the break, Randolph put up a second goal, but the Colts refused to quit. The effort finally paid off when Chalen Noble and Ingrid DiClemente drew the goalie and defense to the 35-yard line and blew past them with Ingrid rolling in an undefended goal. The Rams would add another goal before the game was over.

In the game, Colts goalie Nicole Schmitt faced 10 shots on goal and had 7 saves.

COLT OF THE GAME

Rachel Ulcini - "She played very well in the back after only starting the last two games because of injuries. She saved us a couple times in the first half." - Kinnelon head coach Jason Potzer

COACH'S TAKE

"We came out strong, we did everything right.  I think we made five mistakes, all in a 10-second period and we just couldn't hold it together." - Kinnelon head coach Jason Potzer

THEY SAID IT

"It was not our best today. We started off really strong, we really wanted it.  After that first goal, I think we just stopped trying, got mad at everyone else and stopped taking responsibility. We need to step it up if we want to win another tournament game and another championship." - Rachel Ulcini

NEXT UP - Kinnelon will travel to the Academy of St. Elizabeth on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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