Tournament upsets shake up Morris/Sussex boys soccer rankings ahead of quarterfinals

It’s time for Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex and Morris County Tournament boys soccer quarterfinals.

All the MCT matches, both boys and girls, will be played at Mendham. HWS teams will play on Friday or Saturday at the better seed.

After a handful of early upsets, how did the Morris/Sussex rankings shake out?

Boys soccer: 2023 Morris County Tournament bracket, scores, schedule

Boys soccer: 2023 Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament bracket, schedule, scores

10. Kinnelon (10-1)

Last week: No. 10

The Colts rebounded from their lone loss with three straight wins, scoring 11 goals and allowing just one. Junior Jason Osterman and the back line have five shutouts.

Up next: Saturday at Lakeland, Monday vs. Pequannock, Wednesday at Whippany Park

9. Morris Hills (6-5-2)

Last week: No. 4

After starting the season with five straight wins, Morris Hills has just one victory in its last eight matches. The Scarlet Knights have been shut out four times in that stretch, which also includes 1-1 NJAC-American draws with Delbarton and Chatham.

Up next: Monday at Randolph, Wednesday vs. Montville

8. Morris Knolls (9-4)

Last week: No. 8

Seniors Giacomo Zizza (25g, 10a) and Giovanni Zizza (7g, 18a) continue to lead Morris Knolls, but Giacomo was held scoreless for the last two matches. The Golden Eagles have 45 total goals, second only to Lenape Valley across the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference.

Up next: Friday vs. Parsippany Hills, Monday vs. Sparta, Wednesday at Morristown

7. Hanover Park (10-1)

Last week: No. 7

Senior forward Valentino Della Grazia has 15 goals for seventh-seeded Hanover Park, which opened MCT play against No. 10 Kinnelon on Wednesday.

Up next: Monday at Madison, Wednesday at Parsippany Hills

6. Mendham (7-4)

Last week: No. 3

Mendham lost four of its last seven matches, scoring just twice, heading into the MCT. Seniors Max Bziukiewicz and Griffin Coutts have 11 of the Minutemen’s 17 goals.

Up next: Wednesday at Delbarton

5. Randolph (5-5)

Last week: No. 5

Randolph heads into the MCT off back-to-back losses to Delbarton and Hunterdon Central.

Up next: Monday vs. Morris Hills, Wednesday vs. Ridge

4. Chatham (4-4-1)

Last week: Unranked

Chatham surges into the Top 10 after five matches without a loss, and taking Delbarton to OT. The Cougars have scored just 14 goals, tied for lowest in the NJAC-American, but only allowed a division-low 10 goals. Junior Jasper Peters has five of Chatham’s goals.

Up next: Saturday vs. Morristown, Monday vs. Gill St. Bernard’s, Wednesday vs. Roxbury

3. Hackettstown (10-0-2)

Last week: No. 6

The Tigers are still undefeated, but got a bit of a scare in 1-1 draw at North Warren – The bottom team in the NJAC-Freedom – and a scoreless crossover against Mount Olive. Junior midfielder Yasseen Zoklat has 15 goals for second-seeded Hackettstown, which opens HWS play in a quarterfinal on Saturday.

Up next: Monday vs. Summit

2. Mount Olive (10-0-2)

Last week: No. 2

The NJAC’s two remaining unbeaten boys soccer teams met at Mount Olive on Monday, and the hosts settled for a scoreless draw with Hackettstown. Senior Kristian Dobbek has five straight shutouts as the second-seeded Marauders opened MCT play on Wednesday.

Up next: Saturday at Whippany Park, Monday vs. West Morris, Wednesday vs. Newton

1. Delbarton (10-1-2)

Last week: No. 1

The Green Wave opened its MCT title defense on a five-game winning streak, including three shutouts by seniors James Anroman and Reid Comeaux. Senior midfielder Shea Coughlin leads Delbarton with 11 goals and eight assists, including the overtime game winner against Chatham on Oct. 9.

Up next: Wednesday vs. Mendham

Also considered: High Point (8-3), Lenape Valley (9-2), Parsippany Hills (8-2), Wallkill Valley (8-3-2)

This article originally appeared on Morristown Daily Record: NJ boys soccer: Morris/Sussex rankings ahead of tournament quarterfinals


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