UPDATED: Images from Saturday's game added.
Following a season that saw the Quakers go 5-9 with seven 1-0 losses, Moorestown (16-4-2) captured its 13thth division title in 14 years, won the South Group 3 sectional championship and advanced to the State Group 3 Championship.
But that comeback run came to an end Saturday. The Quakers fell to undefeated Northern Highlands (24-0) 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at The College of New Jersey.
The two teams played to a scoreless tie in the first half, with Northern Highlands dominating for 30 of the 40 minutes on the clock, registering six shots to only two for Moorestown. Goalkeeper Rebecca Schultz made multiple saves to keep the game scoreless heading into the break.
The frustration was evident in the first half for Northern Highlands, which came into the game with 110 goals scored on the season, and it increased the longer the team went without scoring a goal. ’s defense, although tested repeatedly in the first half, never broke down and kept Northern Highlands off the board for as long as possible.
The second half was much of the same as Northern Highlands kept getting scoring chances but could not seal the deal. The Quakers had a chance to score with a little more than eight minutes remaining when Megan Kelly got behind the defense and went one-on-one with goalkeeper Brooke Holle, who took the ball away from Kelly to make the save.
The game’s first goal came when Jackie Reyneke’s long throw onto the field of play went off the hands of Schultz and into the back of the net with a little over seven minutes left in the game. The Quakers had a chance to tie the game one minute later when Anne Keim had a scoring chance much like Kelly’s, but Holle was able to sweep the ball away for the save.
Not two minutes later, with 5:45 remaining, Hana Kerner sidestepped Haleigh Dalmass and broke into the Moorestown zone all alone. Schultz came out of the box to knock the ball away but Kerner controlled it and deposited it for a 2-0 Northern Highlands lead. The final five minutes of the game ticked off the clock without the Quakers getting another chance at putting the ball in the net.