Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Field hockey: Vikes, Blue Streaks advance to finals

As expected, both Voorhees and Warren Hills got past their sectional semifinal tests on Wednesday.

That makes it five teams from the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex area still competing for sectional championships on Thursday and Friday.

Newton (North 1, Group 1), South Hunterdon (North 2, Group 1) and Hunterdon Central (North 2, Group 4) also won their semifinal matchups on Tuesday.

North 2, Group 2

Voorhees 2, South Plainfield 1 (OT2) -- Senior midfielder Isabelle Houser connected on the game-winner off a feed from junior midfielder Hannah Schiavo on a penalty corner as the second-seeded Vikings (18-4) beat the third-seeded Tigers to advance to their second straight final. Senior forward Kathryn Roncoroni notched her school single-season record 49th goal to tie the score at 1 with three minutes left in regulation. Houser's goal, her fifth of the season, came three minutes into the second OT.

Voorhees, seeking its first sectional title since 2006, will next travel to No. 1 Madison on Friday. Coach Taylor Webb's Vikes, who fell, 2-1, in OT at Madison on Sept. 24, claimed the program's 603rd win to reach its 19th sectional final, after dropping a 1-0 decision in overtime to Summit in last year's title game. Voorhees recorded No. 600 with an 8-0 victory over Somerville on Oct. 15. The Vikes' 100th, 200th, 300th, 400th and 500th wins also were shutouts.

North 1, Group 3

Warren Hills 7, Montville 0 -- Junior forward Dani Profita scored three goals and added an assist as the top-seeded Blue Streaks (20-2) inched closer to a 13th sectional title and fourth in a row with a rout in the semifinals. Profita, with a single-season school record of 36 goals and 92 points, became the third player in school history to notch 20 assists in a season, joining Sydney Muntone and Katie Thompson, who did it in 2014. Niki Miller holds the record with 29 in 2012. Warren Hills will host No. 2 Mendham on Friday in the sectional final, the 17th overall for the Warren County school, in a rematch of last year's North 2, Group 3 title game won by the Streaks, 2-1.

Warren Hills is 3-0 all-time against Mendham in the postseason, including a 2-0 win in 1982 and an 8-1 victory in 2011. The Morris County school has won two sectional titles -- 1975 and '93.

North 1, Group 2

Ramsey 2, Hackettstown 0 -- Goalie Rose Bishop made 14 saves, but it wasn't enough as the third-seeded Tigers fell in the North 1, Group 2 semifinals. Hackettstown ends its season at 14-3-1. Junior forward Molly Gorczyca (31 goals) was held without a goal or an assist for just the fourth time this season.

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