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Who are the top girls soccer title contenders in Group 2?
Who are the top girls soccer title contenders in Group 2?
Brandon Gould | NJ Advance Media for
Tuesday, November 26, 2019



Demarest has seen some of the best teams the state has to offer, playing against some of Bergen County's best. Sophomore Emily Holzer has taken over lately as this team's top scorer and has 17 goals this season. Senior Kyra Pialtos leads the defense and will be counted on to make big plays down the stretch. Demarest is paying under coach Brandon Silva this fall and he proved during his time at Immaculate Heart that he knows what it takes to win a state title. Demarest was close to winning the section a year ago and it will look to take the next step now.


At full strength, Jefferson is a team that can go up against anyone. Seniors Madison Eisele and Lindsay Mullin make teams miserable on offense when they're both on the field. Kayla Barbosa is a veteran leader on defense and along with keeper Leah Demko, the senior does a great job of slowing down opposing teams. Jefferson made it to the Morris County semifinals as a No. 10 seed. Jefferson won't be an underdog in the state playoffs, however, This team is a serious contender to break through and win the section.

Pascack Hills

This squad has come through with some impressive efforts this fall, including a win over Demarest and a tie against Northern Highlands. That tie with Highlands came in the Bergen County Tournament and Pascack Hills knocked out the four-time defending champion in penalty kicks afterward. Shannon Goodwin has been a terror on offense, with 21 goals. Nicole DiCaprio is a top defender in the county and she's already getting big-time D1 looks. Senior keeper Nicole Linder has stepped up in some big games to keep teams out of the net and give Pascack Hills a defensive edge.


There is a heavy Bergen County presence in this section and Westwood is another team to watch out for. The Cardinals have the ability to come out and take it two teams when they're on their A game. Defending North 1, Group 2 champion Ramsey is another team that could make some noise here along with Mahwah and Glen Rock. Mahwah is dangerous and features UConn commit Isabella Gomez, while Glen Rock is tough and has proven it can hang with strong teams. Don't sleep on Lenape Valley either. This team has an ace up its sleeve in Bridget Dudziec (28 goals, 13 assists).

Girls Soccer: Lyndhurst defeats Parsippany Hills 1-0.

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Lyndhurst's Head Coach Kimberly Hykey congratulates her team after defeating Parsippany Hills 1-0 after the girls soccer game at Parsippany Hills High School on 10/1/19.

North 2, Group 2


You can't drop your guard against this Becton team because it has shown that if you do, it will make you pay. The offense can take off in a hurry and Becton has shown the ability to win some shootouts. Carlie Koziol has 28 goals this season and most of those strikes have come in the midst of Becton's biggest games.

Hanover Park

Hanover Park is one of those teams that you just don't like to go up against because it's going to a battle every time. This squad took a few losses against some strong Morris County teams, but those shortcomings will have Hanover Park ready for postseason soccer. Keeper Abigail Huang anchors a defense that is perfectly suited for a deep state playoff run.


Lyndhurst has been one of the most consistent programs in the section the last few years and the Bears are ready to breakthrough and win the title here. Northeastern commit Kaydee Yallo has been a force and the junior seems to play her best in the biggest games. Junior Maggie Fodera has stepped up defensively, helping make Lyndhurst a terror on both ends of the field. The Bears were knocked out of the Bergen County Tournament earlier than they had hoped, so the state playoffs will give this team a chance to make up for it and chase another title.

Parsippany Hills

Parsippany Hills was not afraid to go out and schedule out-of-conference showdowns this fall, including a meeting with Lyndhurst. Some of those games didn't end in Parsippany Hills' favor, but the Morris County squad took away a lesson in every one. The Vikings will be ready to roll once the state playoffs start. Another team to watch in this section is North 2, Group 2 defending champion Bernards. The Mountaineers have a game-changer in net and if Indiana commit Susan Oberschmidt is at her best, Bernards will make a deep run as a double-digit seed.

Gov. Livinisgton

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Gov. Livingston celebrates their 3-2 victory. The NJISAA Girls Soccer Group 2 final with Ramsey (19-2-1) vs. Gov. Livingston (20-4) held at Kean University. Sunday November, 18, 2018. Union, N.J.,


Gov. Livingston

Injuries have affected the way Gov. Livingston plays, but the defending Central, Group 2 champion still has a lot of potential. Senior Allie Sciacchitano has been a veteran leader throughout the year and rookie Caroline Freer has stepped up and helped fill some of the injury voids. Senior keeper Sarah Foy is another leader for this squad and anchors the defense. Gov. Livingston only has two losses so far this season and both have come against programs that won sectional titles last fall. This team is ready to go and ready to defend its championship.


Senior keeper Kelly Lambertson is a difference-maker and with her in net, Matawan will have a fighting chance in every game. The Huskies are a tough team and they have shown all year that they will never give up. Injuries have hurt the depth of this team, but when healthy, Matawan has a cast of players who will leave it all out on the field, especially when it comes to the playoffs.


Metuchen is a fantastic story this year, with a very young core helping the Bulldogs become a title contender. This squad stayed with Old Bridge in the MIddlesex County Tournament before falling, 1-0. Sophomore Merin Boucher has been solid on offense with 15 goals and six assists. Metuchen's freshman class has been excellent, playing with maturity and fitting right in on the varsity level. Rookie keeper Nika Rockafeller has been an anchor in net and she's one of the key pieces of Metuchen's surging youth movement.

Rumson-Fair Haven

The Bulldogs have been up and down this year, but at its peak, Rumson-Fair Haven is a force to be reckoned with. This squad knocked out top-seeded and previously unbeaten Jackson Memorial in the Shore Conference Tournament. It also played to a 3-3 tie in the regular season against Red Bank Catholic, No. 4 in the Top 20. Games like that show you the potential of this team. If Rumson-Fair Haven plays like that the next few weeks, the Bulldogs will have a lot of success in the state playoffs.


Wall started the season 1-3, but has turned things around ever since. The Knights have won nine of their last 11 games, including an upset win over Manalapan in the Shore Conference Tournament. Senior Alex Hummel is one of the most respected defenders in the conference and she'll be a part of of the nucleus for Wall as it looks to get back on top and win the section. This is a program that has always been full of talent and it is going to be ready to play its best soccer once November rolls around.

Delsea Girls Soccer

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Delsea gathers prior to the South Jersey Group 2 final vs. Cinnaminson



Cinnaminson is a team that you have to keep an eye on here, especially with speedster Emma Karch on the field. The senior can breakaway at any second and deliver a game-changing goal. Cinnaminson is 0-3-1 in its last four games, but all of those games have been tight. Cinnaminson is a well-coached team and it knows how to play its best when the games matter the most.


Delsea is on a mission this fall and it is not going to let up. The South Jersey squad lost in the Group 2 semifinals a year ago. Delsea is locked in and ready to make it all the way to the last day of the season this time around. Monmouth commit Brianna Russo is one of the state's top midfielders and she is part of an offense that also features scoring ace Peyton Gilmore (27 goals). Delsea just picked up a huge win over Washington Township in the South Jersey Coaches Association Tournament. Gilmore scored twice in that game and helped Delsea prove that it was a better club than its No. 10 seed suggested.


This is a veteran team that has gone through some ups and downs this fall, but Haddonfield has challenged itself and it's ready for the playoffs. Keegan Douglas, Katie McCormick and Jordan Siok are a solidi scoring trio and they will lead the Bulldogs in this race for a sectional title. Haddonfield showed off its full potential in a big regular season win over Shawnee. If that's the team we're going to see in the playoffs, it will be a serious contender.


The Shore Conference slate is one of the toughest in the state and it gets you ready for the state playoffs. Aileen Cahill (15 goals, 12 assists) is one of the top players in that conference and along with La Salle commit Sunni DiElmo (18 goals, 10 assists), she is a part of an offense that can strike quickly. Senior keeper Brenna DeVoe is another game-changer and her play in net is going to be an X-factor during this sectional title race.

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