Monday, December 3, 2012
Inability to score against rival stymies team in final Group IV state championship game.
For the Ridge High School girls soccer team a familiar foe stood in their way for as they sought their first Group IV State Title. Unfortunately, the third time was not to be the charm as the Ridge girls soccer team fell to Montgomery 1-0 in the Group IV State finals Sunday night at The College of New Jersey. Sunday night's game was the third meeting of these two Skyland conference rivals and as in their other two meetings the Red Devil girls could not get one past Montgomery keeper Rachel Ravitz. IN SHORT Montgomery came out strong right from the start of the game getting to all the loose balls and controlling the possession time. "We came out a little too timid at the start of the game," said junior midfielder Gigi Cifelli. "Montgomery …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Devils will face Montgomery for third time this season for Group 4 championship.
The Ridge girls soccer team needed one more game to again make it to the Group 4 final in postseason playoffs. In their path was Montclair, ranked fourth by The Star Ledger, so facing Wednesday's game, the Devils would have their work cut out for them. IN SHORT The night was made tough for both teams by near freezing temperatures, cold fingers, toes and a heavy, hard ball. The first half was dominated by Ridge, but it took the Devils 30 minutes to get on the scoreboard with a hard shot from Jenny Haskel from inside the penalty area. Just six minutes later, Keri Villano delivered a perfect corner kick to the head of Kaitlin Ardiff who scored the second Ridge goal. "Going in 2-0 at halftime, I couldn't get a word across because they were so…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Hard fought game against rival Scotch Plains-Fanwood lasts through two overtimes to a penalty kick decision.
The Ridge High School girls soccer team traveled to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Tuesday afternoon for the final game to defend their North Jersey Section 2, Group 4 championship. After 80 minutes of regular time and two 10-minute overtimes, it all came down to penalty kicks to decide the winner. It was no surprise that the New Jersey North 2, Group 2 sectional final would come down to penalty kicks to decide the victor. Both teams are known for their stingy defenses, each giving up only 10 total goals for the entire season to some of New Jersey's finest competition. "We switched some things around today to neutralize their threat and based on what we learned in the Watchung Hills game," said Ridge coach Katie Donahue. "They were so …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Team to face Watchung Hills on Friday.
The Ridge girls soccer team moves on to the third round of the state tournament with an away game against Watchung Hills at 3:45 p.m. on Friday, following the girls' victory over Piscataway on Tuesday. The team continued their state tournament run with a hard fought 1-0 win over Piscataway on Tuesday. Freshman Chrissy Weyrauch scored her first goal of the season from a pass from her sister, Alex Weyrauch, (junior midfielder) in the 21st minute of the first half, said assistant coach Jessica Musumeci. In the second half, Piscatway put on the pressure, trying to equalize the game, Musumeci said. As the game entered into the last ten minutes, Piscatway began to push up more players into their attack, putting more pressure on Ridge and their …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Even after Sandy tripped up their game and practice schedule, varsity girls soccer wins first round of state tournament.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The Ridge High School varsity girls soccer team took to the field again this weekend after Sandy kept them out of practice for 12 days — and still managed to notch a 4-0 shutout victory over Edison High School. "I was really pleased that we were able to step out there not looking rusty. We literally hadn't done anything in 12 days," said Ridge Head Coach Katie Donahue. School has been closed for two weeks in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Scoring the goals were Alex Weyrach, Gigi Cefelli (penalty kick), Kelly McWhorter and Kristina Mueller. Meanwhile, senior goalkeeper Rachel Axt achieved her 13 shutout game for this season. Axt and the team's defensive line, including senior Nicole Bates and sophomore Jenny Haskel, held Edison to zero…
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Defense strong in defeat as Montgomery breaks scoreless tie in 47th minute.
The Ridge girls soccer team lost to Montgomery 1-0 Saturday in the Somerset County Tournament championship in Manville. The Red Devils' defense had stymied most of their opponents this season, allowing only 8 goals in 19 games coming into the county final. They held off explosive Montgomery through the first half before Catrina Atanda scored the game's lone goal in the 47th minute. Montgomery controlled the pitch during the first half, giving the Ridge defense its best and was turned away each time. After the half, Montgomery took just seven minutes to get the ball into the back of the net for the game's only score. As time wore down, Ridge threw everything at Montgomery and put the ball on the ground in the penalty area seven times, but …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Red Devils prepare for Somerset County Tournament championship on Saturday.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
After a tough battle Tuesday night, Ridge High School's girls varsity soccer lost 2-1 in overtime to Livingston High School, when then brough the team's season record to 12-3-3, according to information provided by Jessica Musemeci, the team's assistant coach. Ridge broke the scoreless game with a 35-yard lofted shot by midfielder Gigi Cifelli, which sailed over Livingston goalie's head in the seventh minute of the second half. Livingston tied the game with less than a minute to go in regulation, sending the game into overtime. The Ridge girls fought hard during overtime, but fell to Livingston in the third minute of the second overtime period, after a cross from Livingston hit a Ridge defender and bounced into the goal. Thursday game …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Team to face Pingry on Thursday and heading into Somerset County semifinals this weekend.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The Ridge High School varsity girls soccer improved their record to 11-2-2 on Tuesday after earning a 1-0 win against crosstown rival Bridgewater-Raritan on Bridgewater's turf. Leaving their opponents scoreless means that the Ridge girls have held onto their stingy reputation of giving up only four goals all season. The Lady Devils took the lead 3:27 minutes into the first half off a goal scored by Junior midfielder Alex Weyrauch, working off of a thrown in Junior midfielder Gigi Cifelli. What turned out to be the winning goal marked Weyrauch's seventh goal of the season. Ridge's defense, led by senior captains defender Nicole Bates and goalkeeper Rachel Axt, held Bridgewater to three shots on goal the entire eighty minutes. The result …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Red Devils will face Watchung Hills in next round of Somerset County Tournament.
Ridge High School girls soccer's strong season (10-2-2) has advanced the team to the semifinals of the Somerset County Tournament, during which Ridge as the second seed will host Watchung Hills Regional High School on Saturday. The home game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. In the meantime, Coach Katie Donahue said the girls will on Tuesday travel to Bridgewater-Raritan High School for a game scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m. Then it's back at home for an afternoon contest against next-door neighbor Pingry on Thursday. The team also posted two victories is over Hillsborough in recent days, beating the girls in red by 3-0 in regular conference play last Thursday, and 2-0 in the Somerset County quarterfinals, played last Saturday, Donahue said…
Friday, August 3, 2012
Ridge High girls soccer coach says watching an Olympian who once wore the same soccer uniform is "amazing thing."
The U.S. Women's Soccer Team has knocked off the New Zealand team 2-0 with an assist from former Basking Ridge resident Tobin Heath, and now moves on to the semifinal on Monday against the winner of a Great Britain vs. Canada match. The U.S. team is undefeated, 4-0, following the Friday morning game against the New Zealand game, played in Newcastle, England. Midfielder Heath, a 2006 graduate of Ridge High School, assisted Sydney Leroux with a second-half goal that clinched the game for the U.S., according to a play-by-play on ussoccer.com. What it means for Ridge girls soccer players At home, Ridge girls soccer coach Katie Donahue said prior to Friday's game that in general, having her team members watch the Women's National Team play is …