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Needham takes girls soccer state title 3-1 over Algonquin

2015 Division 1 girls soccer state champs (Needham)

2015 Division 1 girls soccer state champs (Needham)

Rachel Kingston (2 goals) carries the state title trophy

Rachel Kingston (2 goals) carries the state title trophy

(Lynn MA) The Needham Rockets went up 3-0 in the Division 1 title game eight minutes into the second half and cruised to 3-1 win over the Algonquin Tomahawks for their first state title in thirty years on Saturday at Manning Field in Lynn.

Needham’s senior Rachel Kingston tallied two goals on juicy setups by junior teammate Crea Baker-Durante. Rachel will be playing for Boston University in 2016.

Senior Kathleen Rizzo put back a rebound to put the South champs up by two just two minutes into the second half.

Algonquin’s senior Caroline Leonard rammed home a rebound with fifteen minutes to go to narrow the Rockets’ lead to 3-1.

I was very impressed with Needham defender Dee Picou. She didn’t just blast balls out of the zone, instead she cleared to teammates and several times carried the ball into the T-Hawks end.

The Rockets (22-0-2) had the best chances to score. Credit their speed and passing ability.

That first goal was very impressive. My picture shows Crea Baker-Durante with an open look at Algonquin goalie Lauren Commarando. Some girls would rip a hard shot at the goal. Not Crea. She got the ball into a sweet spot in front of the net and teammate Rachel Kingston had plenty of open net to shoot at.

Crea Baker-Durante in on goal

Crea Baker-Durante in on goal

Crea Baker-Durante passes right

Crea Baker-Durante passes right

Crea Baker-Durante's pass finds open space in the middle.

Crea Baker-Durante’s pass finds open space in the middle.

Rachel Kingston's shot gets past GK Lauren Cammarano

Rachel Kingston’s shot gets past GK Lauren Cammarano

Needham celebrates first goal

Needham celebrates first goal

That goal, fifteen minutes in, showed how dangerous that two-some could be. Sure enough, in the second half Crea and Rachel combined the same way (nice centering pass, plenty of open net from a shot down the middle) to put up a three-goal cushion.

Caroline Leonard shoots Algonquin's only goal

Caroline Leonard shoots Algonquin’s only goal

At that 3-0 juncture with thirty-two minutes left, things were more than a little dire for the team from Northboro. The Rockets had only allowed six goals total in their previous twenty-one games. Credit the Tomahawks for getting a goal because there was no letting up by Needham.

Algonquin (21-2) had lost in the Central finals three straight years before getting to the state finals this year.

Needham had lost three straight years in the South semifinals before taking the state title today.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Dee Picou

Dee Picou

Needham coach Carl Tarabelli

Needham coach Carl Tarabelli

Emma White

Emma White

Ball coming toward T-Hawk's goalie Lauren Cammarano

Ball coming toward T-Hawk’s goalie Lauren Cammarano

Olivia Greif (23) battles Sydney Carney (6)

Olivia Greif (23) battles Sydney Carney (6)

Emma Spector shoots

Emma Spector shoots

Driving toward the Needham goal

Driving toward the Needham goal

Alicia Calcagni (17) defends Katherine Hostage (8)

Alicia Calcagni (17) defends Katherine Hostage (8)

Rachel Kingston (#5) celebrates Needham's third goal

Rachel Kingston (#5) celebrates Needham’s third goal

Mackenzie Smith (25) and Rachel Kingston (5)

Mackenzie Smith (25) and Rachel Kingston (5)

loose ball in front of the Algonquin net

loose ball in front of the Algonquin net

Algonquin celebrates goal

Algonquin celebrates goal

Crea Baker-Durante (two assists)

Crea Baker-Durante (two assists)

Kathleein Rizzo (scored second Needham goal)

Kathleein Rizzo (scored second Needham goal)

 

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