Ballard’s overtime goal lifts Chatham girls to MCT title


Bridget Ballard and her Chatham teammates believe she scored the game-winning goal twice in a 7-6 double overtime victory over Mountain Lakes in the Morris County Tournament final on Saturday on the turf at Montville.

Zoe Kraus added two goals and Maggie O’Neill and Emily Wingate also tallied for the top-seeded Cougars. It is the second Chatham MCT title in four years.

Sarah Bedard and Rachel Treweeke scored two goals each and Hannah Cronk and Granger Rosati also scored for defending champion, and second-seeded Mountain Lakes.

Treweeke tied the game at 6-6 on a short-handed goal with 3:24 left in regulation. Chatham had possession of the ball in the final minute and appeared to have won the game with five seconds left on a strong drive by Ballard, but a charging call nullified the goal.

The teams played two 3-minute overtime periods which included stellar saves by the Cougars’ Gislina Saul. A turnover caused by stellar defensive work by Julia DiSalvio gave the Cougars possession of the ball in the final minute of the second overtime. Ballard’s game-winning goal was unassisted then she won the draw control on the face-off to secure the win.

Regular season

Morristown 21, Morris Knolls 10

The Colonials led 14-5  at the half. Casey O’Brien had five goals and two assists including her 300th varsity point for Morristown. Maddy Heher had four goals and three assists, Allie Ferrara had three goals and seven assists and Callie Sundin fired a hat trick for Morristown. Krista Mitarotonda had four goals to pace the Golden Eagles.

Villa Walsh 12, Morris Catholic 8

The Vikings are 9-5. Victoria Esposito notched a hat trick and dished two assists to lift Villa Walsh. Victoria Colledge, Annie Collett, Katie Kelly and Mala Stauder scored two goals each for the Vikings. Haley Driscoll, Rachel Mills and Taylor Skawinski scored two goals each for Morris Catholic.

Pequannock 15, Roxbury 10

Danielle Musto and Arden Kassaleh had four goals each to spark the Golden Panthers. Lauren Burklow added a hat trick and Alexis Amore scored twice. Emma Karnitsky had four goals for the Gaels.

Kittatinny 18, Boonton 3

Chelsea Davis scored twice for the Bombers.

Livingston 12, Morristown-Beard 10

Alissa Masini scored four goals for the Crimson.


About mcvbb

Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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