WMC Girls Soccer Goes Back to Back

Your WMC girls soccer team are the Section 2 Group 2 champions. The Wolfpack defeated Hanover Park 3-1 in the sectional final. The girls had seen Hanover Park before  in the county semifinals. The Pack came out on top then too, 2-1 with goals coming from senior Alexa Murawski. Coming to this game the girls were hopeful to defend their title and go back-to-back. Last season they won the section by beating Chatham 2-1.

Junior Lily Gjelsvik dribbles in the game against Hanover Park (Lizzie Rubright)

After being named the number one seed, the girls were ready to defend their turf and that they did. They received a first round bye and then faced Parsippany in the quarter finals. They handled Parsippany with ease winning 5-0 to earn a spot in the final four. In the semifinal round the Pack took on West Essex where they won 2-0 to make their way back to play for yet another sectional title.

The Wolfpack dominated the game for all 80 minutes. Beginning with a goal by Maddie Lamb assisted by Lily Gjelsvik to go up 1-0 in the first half. Hanover Park scored off a penalty kick to tie it up 1-1. The two remained even going into halftime. The Pack came out strong in the second half. Senior Alexa Murawski put the go ahead in with 31 minutes left in the game off a pass from Sophomore Sofia Sardeira. Murawski said that when she scored “it was just relief. I was excited to go up by one.” Just a few minutes later senior Sofia Chan buried one deep in the net off a corner kick to put her team up 3-1. The Wolfpack defense played tough the rest of the game to keep Hanover Park scoreless in the second half. Hayden Scotti recorded 5 saves for the Wolfpack keeping her team ahead.

Senior defender and captain Kelsey Commerford stated after the win “it means so much. I couldn’t have done it for a better cause. I love my teammates, my family. This is a season worth remembering!”

The girls would go on to beat Old Tappan 5-0 in the Group semifinal to earn themselves a spot in the championship game. In the championship they defeated Wall 1-0 to become the first team in program history to win a state championship outright. 

Lizzie Rubright