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Upset city: Highlighting the best girls soccer county tournament games so far
Upset city: Highlighting the best girls soccer county tournament games so far
Brandon Gould | NJ Advance Media for
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

Tournament time is here.

And with it has come a one-way ticket to upset city. The county and conference tournaments are in full swing and there has been a laundry list of surprising wins and statement victories so far.

Check out the list below to see the best of the best at this point.

Bergen County Tournament

20-Emerson Boro 2, 13-Pascack Valley 0

Emma Worthington scored twice in this one as Emerson Boro pulled an upset against Pascack Valley - a team that beat Northern Highlands in its season-opener. Jamie Falotico stopped six shots to earn the shutout and secure this first-round shocker.

9-Pascack Hills 0, 8-Northern Highlands 0 (Pascack Hills in PKs, 4-3)

The second round saw two games go to penalty kicks, including this unreal finish. Pascack Hills has played well all season, but this result was unbelievable. The Cowboys knocked out the four-time defending Bergen County champs thanks to 28 saves by Nicole Linder.

The other thriller in this round was a penalty-kick shootout between fifth-seeded Westwood and 12th-seeded Old Tappan after a 1-1 tie. Westwood escaped, 6-5, in penalty kicks.

Essex County Tournament

4-Mount St. Dominic 1, 5-Newark Academy 1 (MSD in PKs, 5-3)

This was an epic showdown between two teams who are proving they belong in the conversation with the blue blood programs in Essex County. Newark Academy took the initial lead in this quarterfinal game, but Mount St. Dominic found a way to equalize it and then booked a spot in the semifinals by prevailing in penalty kicks.

3-Livingston 3, 2-West Orange 2

Sophomore Jadyn Liebman scored twice for Livingston, No. 17 in the Top 20, as it knocked out defending champion West Orange, 3-2 in the semifinals. Kayla Parsons also scored, while Kylie Prendergast finished with two assists. West Orange, No. 16 in the Top 20, beat Livingston, 4-2, in the regular season, but Livingston came back and won when it mattered most. These teams could see each other again in the North 1, Group 4 playoffs.

Spotswood VS. Metuchen girls soccer in Metuchen on October 4, 2019.

Keith A. Muccilli | For NJ Advance Media

Metuchen players celebrate their second-half go-ahead goal against Spotswood in Metuchen on October 4, 2019.

Middlesex County Tournament

10-Metuchen 2, 7-Woodbridge 1

Charlotte Breen and Alexandra Lipshutz each scored as Metuchen went out and upset Woodbridge in the first round of the county tournament. Despite being young, Metuchen (13-3-1) is having a great season and this win was just another way to prove that. Its run ended in the quarterfinals, but Metuchen gave Old Bridge all it could handle in a 1-0 loss.

Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament

18-North Warren 4, 11-South Hunterdon 1

Alaina Shramko scored twice as North Warren pulled off an emphatic win here ovr South Hunterdon. Kyla Gillen was also a standout in the upset win in the first round, coming through with two assists. Kate Stanek was rock solid in net that today with 18 saves.

16-Voorhees 1, 13-Wallkill Valley 0

Samantha Ackerman and Alexa Vavrek connected for the only goals in this upset win over Wallkill Valley in the first round. Voorhees scored in the first half and then held on late to make sure they were moving on. Keeper Ainsley O'Sullivan 11 saves to record the shutout. Voorhees came back out in the second round and almost pulled off another shocker, but fell short, 4-3, in penalty kicks against fourth-seeded Newton.

12-Delaware Valley 1, 5-Lenape Valley 1 (DV in PKs, 4-3)

Delaware Valley took the lead in the first half when Nina Rybansky put a shot into the back of the net. Lenape Valley found a way to get the equalizer, but when this game came to a close, it was Delaware Valley that was advancing. The Terriers ended up with the advantage in kicks thanks in large part to keeper Ashley Folmar, who finished with 17 saves.

6-Sparta 2, 3-Kittatinny 0

Sparta is one of those programs that flies under the radar, but it always finds a way to remind people just how dangerous it can be. Alisa Williamson scored twice off assists from Kate Mazzella in the quarterfinals to give Sparta the juice to win. Taige Kellenberger ade 10 saves to secure the shutout. Sparta will play Hunterdon Central in the semifinals this weekend.

Girl's High School Soccer Hanover Park Plays Kinnelon

George McNish | For NJ Advance Media

The Kinnelon girls soccer team bring it in during girls high school soccer action Hanover Park plays Kinnelon.

Morris County Tournament

14-Kinnelon 1, 3-West Morris 1 (Kinnelon in PKs, 6-5)

The second round of this tournament was full of upsets, but none of them were more noteworthy than this one. Kinnelon is playing for the county title this weekend and it's surprise run started here against West Morris. Loyola commit Grace DenBleyker scored and gave Kinnelon an early lead. West Morris evened the score in the second half, but Emily Petrucelli finished with eight saves and helped Kinnelon get the edge in penalty kicks.

10-Jefferson 1, 7-Whippany Park 1 (Jefferson in PKs, 4-3)

Whippany Park is still unbeaten, but on this day, it was Jefferson that left the field with the upper hand. Jefferson proved it was better than a No. 10 seed as it figured out a way to advance. This result was just the beginning of an impressive tournament run for the Falcons.

This was one of three games in the second round decided by penalty kicks. Defending champion Morris Knolls also escaped in kicks on this stage after a 1-1 tie with 12th-seeded Roxbury.

9-Morristown 1, 8-Mendham 0

All it took for Morristown to pick up this win on the road was a strike from Olivia Scott. She took a pass from Kathryn Duff during the second round matchup and scored to give the Colonials the only goal they needed. Mia Cecala also played a leading role, with nine saves in the shutout.

5-Morris Knolls 2, 4-Hanover Park 1

The Morris County Tournament was a battle for Morris Knolls this year, with every game going down to the wire. The Golden Eagles made it back to the semifinals with a 2-1 win on the road in the quarterfinals. Madison Palma scored both goals in the second half to keep the tournament run alive at this point for the defending champs.

10-Jefferson 4, 2-Chatham 1

This was a major statement by Jefferson. Senior Madison Eisele led a dominant effort with two goals. Erin Mallorey and Lindsay Mullin also hit the back of the net as the Falcons knocked out one of the top teams in this tournament. Leah Demko added another standout performance to her resume, making 19 saves in this quarterfinal showdown.

14-Kinnelon 1, 6-Parsippany Hills 0

It's amazing to know the nail-biters that occured on Kinnelon's way to the county final this fall. Junior Kallie Downey scored the game-winner in the second half of this quarterfinal matchup to keep the run going. Grace DenBleyker notched the assist on the game-winner.

14-Kinnelon 0, 10-Jefferson 0 (Kinnelon in PKs, 4-1)

Keeper Emily Petrucelli and the defense did everything they could to keep Jefferson off the board in this semifinal meeting. Kinnelon wasn't able to score to put it away in regulation or overtime, but was able to take care of business in penalty kicks to advance to the county final.

1-Randolph 1, 5-Morris Knolls 1 (Randolph in PKs, 3-1)

Randolph knocked out the two-time defending county champ in penalty kicks. The Rams came in unbeaten, but still needed to prove that they are the best team in the county. This one went down to the wire. When all was said and done though, the Rams walked away on top and booked their first trip to the county final since 2014.

NJTAC Tournament

Morris Tech 2, Passaic Tech 2 (Morris Tech in PKs)

The defending champion was pushed to its limit in this quarterfinal game. Morris Tech was able to survive and advance in penalty kicks to keep its title defense alive. This squad will now go up against Bergen Tech in the semifinals. A win there and Morris Tech is going back to the final.

Passaic County Tournament

6-Lakeland 2, 3-West Milford 2 (Lakeland in PKs, 4-1)

After West Milford and Wayne Valley played to a tie in the regular season, everyone was looking ahead to a rematch in the county quarterfinals. Everyone except for Lakeland. The Lancers went toe to toe with West Milford and spoiled that shot at a rematch. Lakeland knocked West Milford out in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals and now is one win away from the county final.

Prep B Tournament

5-Montclair Kimberley 1, 4-Gill St. Bernard’s 0

Marisa Snee knocked home the game-winner here as Montclair Kimberley booked a trip to the semifinals and set up a showdown with Princeton Day. Sofia Vinasco picked up the assist on that goal in the first half. Arianna Jobst anchored the defense and made sure one score was more than enough in the shutout win.

Girls Soccer: Red Bank Regional vs. Monmouth on 9-28-19

Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media

Red Bank celebrates the first goal of the game scored by Liva Helt (22) during the girls soccer game between Red Bank Regional and Monmouth at Red Bank Regional High School in Little Silver, NJ on 9-28-19.

Shore Conference Tournament

18-Toms River East 1, 15-Freehold Boro 0

Kelleen Sullivan took a pass from Taylor Pape and gave Toms River East the only goal it needed to knock out Freehold Boro in the first round. The defense came to play and made sure that score was enough to secure the upset victory for the Raiders.

17-Rumson-Fair Haven 1, 16-Colts Neck 0

The first of back-to-back upsets saw Rumson-Fair Haven go on the road and beat Colts Neck in the first round. Amanda Dym stopped eight shots to secure the shutout and made sure one goal was enough to earn this road win in the first round.

19-Red Bank Regional 4, 14-Toms River South 2

Columbia commit Liva Helt had her best game of the season, with two goals and two assists for Red Bank Regional. Maggie Cahill and Maggie Curtis also had goals and gave the Buccaneers the offensive punch they needed to pick up this first round win.

22-Trinity Hall 2, 11-Brick Township 1

Colleen Kelly and Maggie Ward both scored in the second half to give Trinity Hall the edge in this first round meeting. Trinity Hall turned heads in the state playoffs a year ago and used that same grit to open the Shore Conference Tournament with a bang.

21-Matawan 2, 12-Pinelands 0

Kelly Lambertson came through with another standout performance for Matawan, making 12 saves to secure the shutout. Bryn Radvanski and Shannon Reiser each scored in the first half to give the Huskies the upper hand in the first round of the tournament.

20-Southern 1, 13-Middletown North 1 (Southern in PKs, 6-5)

Southern was one of the most impressive teams in the tournament, showing grit against the top seeds. The Rams knocked out Middletown North in the first round in a game decided by penalty kicks. Southern then pushed Toms River North into double overtime in the next round before falling, 2-1.

16-Rumson-Fair Haven 2, 1-Jackson Memorial 1 (2 OT)

In a massive upset, Rumson-Fair Haven knocked off top-seeded and previously unbeaten Jackson Memorial. Chase Boyle and Cortland McBarron were the heroes in the upset win, bringing Rumson-Fair Haven back from a 1-0 halftime deficit. Amanda Dym blocked 10 shots and helped the Bulldogs shock the Shore in the second round.

4-Toms River North 2, 20-Southern 1 (2 OT)

The defending champs were 21 seconds away from losing to Southern, but senior Paige Farley made saved Toms River North with a game-tying goal. Freshman Sophia Racioppi then scored the winner in overtime to keep the Mariners' title defense alive. Toms River North needed a penalty kicks in the quarterfinals to beat fifth-seeded St. John Vianney, 2-1.

10-Wall 3, 7-Manalapan 2

Olivia Ramiz, Grace Gisoldi and Alex Hummel all scored in the second half as Wall upset Manalpan in the second round. Manalapan led 1-0 at halftime and added a goal in the second half, but its defense was unable to slow down Wall down the stretch. Wall came out in the quarterfinals and gave unbeaten Middletown South all it could handle before falling, 3-2. Shore also impressed in the quarterfinals, giving Red Bank Catholic a challenge before losing, 3-2.

Girls Soccer: Oak Knoll vs. Cranford on 9-24-19

Scott Faytok | For NJ Advance Media

Oak Knoll celebrates the first goal of the game scored by Yasla Ngoma (31) :42 into the game during the girls soccer game between Oak Knoll and Cranford at the Oak Knoll Fields in Chatham, NJ on 9-24-19.

Union County Tournament

11-Brearley 0, 6-Summit 0 (Brearley in PKs, 5-4)

Sofia Lospinoso stepped up in the first round and made 21 saves as Brearley upset a skilled Summit team. The Bears stayed with Summit for 100 minutes and then knocked it out in penalty kicks. Brearley is having a great season and this game shows that the Bears will be a major factor in the Group 1 playoffs next month.

5-Oak Knoll 2, 4-Gov. Livingston 1 (2OT)

Oak Knoll made its way to the county semifinals with an overtime win over Gov. Livingston that was secured by a score by Katherine Whelan. Yasla Ngoma was also a star in this quarterfinal game, scoring one goal and sending out the assist on the game-winner. Oak Knoll will now play top-seeded Cranford with a spot in the final on the line. Oak Knoll has dropped a pair of one-goal games to Cranford this year, but the third time could be the charm.

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