Montclair & MKA Sports Roundup: MHS soccer dominates, MKA-MHS field hockey prepare to square off
Currently on a three-game win streak, the Montclair High School boys soccer team is ranked No. 8 in the state. After a 3-1 opening day win over MKA, Montclair ran over Caldwell 6-0 before edging a very tough West Orange team, 1-0.
The win over West Orange came via the foot of Luca Campbell, with an assist from Noah Dinnal. So far, Campbell has scored two goals and added three assists.
Montclair's game against Livingston on Oct. 13 was postponed until Wednesday, Oct. 14, results coming after press time.
MKA field hockey
The Montclair Kimberley Academy field hockey team started things off this season with a 3-0 win over Columbia, but it’s been tough sledding for the Cougars ever since.
First, they lost at home to Glen Ridge on a late goal by the Ridgers to fall 1-0 on Oct. 7, and then they lost a tight game to Millburn, 2-1. Lindsay Yu scored the lone goal against Millburn, her first of the season.
MKA goalie Phoebe Williams has done well in the net, allowing just three goals in three games, but the offense has sputtered in the last two matches and needs to get going to give her some help in close games.
MKA faced Kent Place on the road Wednesday, Oct. 14, with results coming after press time, and will face rival MHS on Thursday, Oct. 15, at Watchung Field at 4 p.m.
MHS field hockey
After a season-opening tie with Millburn and a devastating 8-1 loss to Oak Knolls — ranked No. 1 in the state — on Oct. 7, the Mounties got on the right track with a 4-2 win over Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Friday, Oct. 9.
The teams were deadlocked 2-2 at halftime on the strength of two Grace Fitzgerald goals, but the third and fourth quarter saw Elizabeth Haefeli come up huge with a pair of goals to give the team the win.
MHS played at Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 14, with results coming after press time, and face crosstown rival MKA Thursday, Oct. 15, at Watchung Field, at 4 p.m.
The Cougar football team scored early and often as they blanked Newark Academy 35-0 on Saturday, Oct. 10.
MKA kicked off the scoring, literally, with a 25 yard field goal by Jack Silva, adding to it later in the first quarter with a Clay Morris touchdown reception on a 7-yard pass from Jake Pryor.
The two-point conversion failed, but MKA added 19 points in the second quarter, with a pair of touchdown runs by Nic Lembo of 1 and 2 yards, as well as a 39-yard touchdown pass from Pryor to Brodie Snyder.
The team finished things off in the third quarter with an 11-yard touchdown run by Mohamed Hassaneen.
Pryor finished the day with 210 yards and two touchdowns passing, with Lembo totaling 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground. Morris finished the day with 111 yards and a touchdown on five catches.
Morris dominated on the defensive side of the ball as well, with six tackles and an interception, with Michele Cestone totaling another five tackles, while Dylan Andrews led the team with eight tackles.
The team faces Pingry on the road this weekend, Saturday Oct. 17 with kickoff at 3p.m.
MHS girls soccer
The Montclair girls soccer team has had a bit of a break after a 3-0 win over West Orange and a 1-0 victory over crosstown rival MKA on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Their schedule accelerates after that, though, with their next game coming Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Glen Ridge, with results after press time, before heading to Verona on Saturday, Oct. 17, and then heading back to Fortunato Field for a game against Millburn on Tuesday, Oct. 20.
The team is currently ranked No. 4 in the state.
MKA boys soccer
After a tough loss to Montclair High, the Cougar boys rebounded with two big wins. The first came on the road at Verona, on Wednesday, Oct. 7, a 5-1 win that saw senior Zach Wheeler score a goal while contributing four assists. Will Horn, Sean Cadigan, Koome Murangi and Jay Druckenmiller contributed scores, and Danny D’Angelo added an assist.
Next up was an 8-2 win over Newark Central on Saturday, Oct. 10. That game saw Wheeler notch his fourth and fifth goals of the season while adding another pair of assists to his overall tally. Charlie Abdulhayoglu also scored a pair of goals, and Cadigan, Horn, D’Angelo and Druckenmiller each had scores. MKA saw Bergen Catholic at home Wednesday, with results after press time, before facing Caldwell at home on Friday, Oct. 16, then meeting Belleville on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
MKA girls soccer
Since their 1-0 loss to crosstown rival Montclair High School, MKA’s girls soccer team has had just one game, a strong 4-0 win over Newark East Side at home on Friday, Oct. 9.
That game saw a hat trick by sophomore Bella Douglas, her first three goals as a Cougar. Douglas also assisted on Sofia Vinasco’s goal, while receiving assists on her goals from Julia Conforti and Lindsay Driever.
Next, the MKA ladies faced Caldwell on the road on Wednesday, Oct. 14, with results after press time, before taking a break until Oct. 23, when they play Cedar Grove.