Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Countdown to No. 1

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Countdown to No. 1

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GIRLS SOCCER No. 1 Northern Highlands

Last year's record: 22-1-1

Final 2015 ranking: No. 1

Best assets: The Highlanders were ranked in the top three in a pair of national preseason polls and have built a tradition of excellence under 14th-year coach Tara Madigan (260-28-10 career record). Northern Highlands, last year's Bergen tournament champion for the fourth time in five years, brings back senior F Eva Hurm (committed to Notre Dame) and senior D Julia Homan (Boston College), along with senior M/F Amy Harris (Swarthmore), junior M Joanna Kelly, sophomore F/M Claudia Dipasupil and senior Claire Nam, back with the program after missing most of last season with a torn ACL. Nam (committed to Amherst), started as a sophomore in 2014.

Biggest concerns: Seven starters graduated, including last year's North Jersey Player of the Year Morgan Busacca (Fordham) and All- American midfielder Casey Richards (Georgetown). …

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