Monthly Archives: October 2016

Amesbury girls win rematch with Essex Tech 5-0

In front of the Essex Tech goal was a busy place most of the afternoon.

In front of the Essex Tech goal was a busy place most of the afternoon.

Cape Ann League All-Star Emma DiPietro (11) looks to pass

Cape Ann League All-Star Emma DiPietro (11) looks to pass

(Amesbury MA) A month ago it took a penalty-kick save by Indians goalie Alli Napoli to preserve a scoreless tie.

This time around it was all Amesbury as they routed Essex Tech, 5-0, on a cold, breezy Monday afternoon at Cashman Elementary School.

The non-league match involved two Division 4 teams who could meet again in the MIAA tournament.

ET (12-4-2) had won nine straight before losing to Georgetown and now Amesbury, both from the Cape Ann League.

The Hawks from Danvers have dominated their league (Commonwealth Athletic Conference) the last few seasons but this season’s short sample suggests that the competition is more rugged in the CAL.  One of ET’s other defeats was to another CAL team, Triton.

Amesbury (9-4-5) had a slim 1-0 advantage after the first half.  Credit the Hawks defense led by junior Skylah Mahon-Dixey for some of that.  The Indians hit the goal post (Emma Richardson) and the crossbar (Chelsea Lynch) in that first half.

The only goal of the half belonged to senior Mollie Lynch.  Mollie got in close from the left and overpowered freshman GK Olivia Cassidy early in the half.

The shot of Mollie Lynch (19) goes over ET goalie Olivia Cassidy

The shot of Mollie Lynch (19) goes over ET goalie Olivia Cassidy

Things got off to a bad start for Essex Tech in the second half.  Senior Ella Spiess chased a ball that Amesbury GK Alli Napoli was sliding out to save.  The two collided and Ella landed on her back and left the game.  Ella is the Hawks second leading scorer with thirteen goals.

Ella Spiess flies over Amesbury goalie Alli Napoli

Ella Spiess flies over Amesbury goalie Alli Napoli

After a Chelsea Lynch near-miss (wide left) a long punt by GK Alli Napoli sent Chelsea away for a long run down the middle.  Chelsea sped in close and didn’t miss.  Alli should have an assist on that second goal.

Chelsea Lynch (12) finds the far corner for Amesbury's second goal

Chelsea Lynch (12) finds the far corner for Amesbury’s second goal

Essex Tech never gave up but the chances for Amesbury kept coming.  The Indians had only nineteen goals in seventeen games coming in but you couldn’t tell that by the way they pressured the visitors in this game.

A good example of pressure was the number of corner kicks that Amesbury had.  In the second half two of those corner kicks turned into goals.

The third goal belonged to Ashlee Porcaro who parked in front of the net on teammate Ashley Pettet’s CK.  A loose ball turned up in front and it was an easy finish for the freshman.

Ashlee Porcaro (left 14) set to cash in a loose ball

Ashlee Porcaro (left 14) set to cash in a loose ball

A later CK, by Emma DiPietro, was mishandled by Hawks GK Olivia Cassidy and junior Michaela Halloran had a juicy setup on the doorstep which she converted.

Michaela Halloran (9) eyes the goal she just scored

Michaela Halloran (9) eyes the goal she just scored

Mikayla Porcaro turned a throw-in into a goal

Mikayla Porcaro turned a throw-in into a goal

The final goal was a throw-in by senior Mikayla Porcaro which she literally threw into the goal.  The throw-in was high and Olivia Cassidy jumped in vain for it.

Christine Russo (nineteen goals, three assists) made several good runs for the Hawks in the game.  Amesbury, however, had three second-team Cape Ann League All-Stars (Alli Napoli, Julia LaMontagne, and Mikayla Porcaro) as their final three defenders so the chances for ET were few.

Amesbury’s two first-team CAL All-Stars (Emma DiPietro, and Ashley Pettet) played that way.  They controlled the ball without panicking and could get by defenders often with clever dribbling.  Their passing was excellent.

Some things are what they are.  The Cashman Elementary School field leaves plenty to be desired.  Uneven, muddy, and minus a scoreboard would be starters.  There will be no tournament games there.

For a team like Amesbury, which had only nineteen goals in seventeen games, to get five in one game was a nice way to end their regular season.

This was the Indians first winning season in a while.  The previous three have been, 5-10-3 (2015), 5-12-1 (2014), and 6-10-1 (2013).

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Mikayla Godding

Mikayla Godding

CAL All-Star Ashley Pettet

CAL All-Star Ashley Pettet

Amesbury shot grazes the crossbar in the first half

Amesbury shot grazes the crossbar in the first half

Christine Russo (17) and Maddy Creps (2)

Christine Russo (17) and Maddy Creps (2)

Maia Etsy (15) and Emma Richardson (25) chase Rachel Luddy (6)

Maia Etsy (15) and Emma Richardson (25) chase Rachel Luddy (6)

Olivia Cassidy makes a save

Olivia Cassidy makes a save

ET defender Skylah Mahon-Dixey

ET defender Skylah Mahon-Dixey

Amesbury captain Julia LaMontagne

Amesbury captain Julia LaMontagne

Virginia Vienneau (39) chases a loose ball

Virginia Vienneau (39) chases a loose ball

 

 

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Masco runs streak to four with 15-14 win over Triton

Josh Anderson (47) brings down Lewi L'Heureux to finish the game

Josh Anderson (47) brings down Lewi L’Heureux to finish the game

Time left on the clock when the game resumed

Time left on the clock when the game resumed

(Byfield MA) Josh Anderson of Masco stopped one Triton drive with a fumble recovery and ended the game by tracking down elusive Vikings’ QB Lewi L’Heureux.

Josh’s heroics on Saturday night were part of the resumed ten minutes of the Cape Ann League matchup.  The night before thunder/lightning put an immediate halt to the game with over ten minutes still left.

Triton (5-2) started the resumed play with the wind in its face and a 4th down on their own ten yard-line.  A gutsy pass play worked between Lewi L’Heureux and Tom Lapham to extend the possession for the Vikings.

In that extended possession, however, Lewi L’Heureux fumbled the exchange and senior Josh Anderson made the recovery.

Tim Beliveau (23) followed excellent blocking for two first downs late in the game.

Tim Beliveau (23) followed excellent blocking for two first downs late in the game.

Masconomet (5-2) followed with several clock-killing first downs aided by a nice scramble by QB Declan Judge and some well-blocked runs by Tim Beliveau.

Triton did get the ball back on downs in the last minute but the combo of wind and Masco’s prevent defense would not allow the home team to get out of the own end.

The game concluded with Lewi L’Heureux scrambling left and then right before Josh Anderson caught up to him and ended the contest.

I was impressed by the number of folks who came out on a cold/windy night to watch ten minutes of football.  The final ten minutes lasted only twenty minutes.

Will Hanson (28) chases Tom Lapham out of bounds

Will Hanson (28) chases Tom Lapham out of bounds

The Chieftains have now won four straight.

Hard to figure: Masco loses to Newburyport and defeats North Reading while Triton defeats Newburyport and loses to North Reading.

Masconomet was 4-7 in 2015.

Last season Triton topped Masco by a point.

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Triton QB Lewi L'Heureux runs for his life on the last play of the game.

Triton QB Lewi L’Heureux runs for his life on the last play of the game.

The celebrating begins for Masconomet

The celebrating begins for Masconomet

Tom Lapham gets a first down in front of Masco's Danny Monagle

Tom Lapham gets a first down in front of Masco’s Danny Monagle

Ball on the ground with Josh Anderson (47) set to recover

Ball on the ground with Josh Anderson (47) set to recover

Ball on the way to Danny Monagle (10) with Lewi L'Heureux defending

Ball on the way to Danny Monagle (10) with Lewi L’Heureux defending

Declan Judge (11) breaks away from John Falasca (75)

Declan Judge (11) breaks away from John Falasca (75)

Tim Beliveau (23) heads up the middle

Tim Beliveau (23) heads up the middle

Lewi L'Heureux (19) gets great protection from Kenny Shute (59), John Falasca (72), and Jack McCarthy (58).

Lewi L’Heureux (19) gets great protection from Kenny Shute (59), John Falasca (72), and Jack McCarthy (58).

 

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Girls Soccer: Newburyport and North Reading in scoreless tie

Action off a corner kick in front of the North Reading goal

Action off a corner kick in front of the North Reading goal

Pressure on Newburyport goalie Jen Stuart

Pressure on Newburyport goalie Jen Stuart

(Newburyport MA) Shutouts are not unusual for either team.

North Reading entered today’s game with nine shutouts while Newburyport hit the turf field with eleven.

Therefore, the 0-0 final score between two of the Cape Ann League’s best girls’ soccer teams was no real surprise on this warm Monday afternoon.

However, the outcome was important to both teams.  Why?  In North Reading’s last game (Thursday) they had lost 2-0 to Masconomet.  That was the second loss to the Chieftains this season.  There was a need to tighten up the defense which, led by Kirsten Bradley and Kat Hassapis, was accomplished versus Newburyport.

For Newburyport this game put to rest the memory of a disturbing 3-0 loss the Clippers suffered on September 13th at North Reading.  I did not see that game but over the twelve games since then Newburyport has only allowed one goal.  That’s what you call tightening up your defense!

Newburyport (10-1-3) needed that solid defense today as North Reading (10-3-1) had the better of the scoring chances in my opinion.

NR’s Meredith Griffin came the closest to scoring as her shot at 14:50 of the first half caromed off the crossbar.  Here is the sequence of that action involving Meredith (green), Cricket Good (4), Krysta Padellaro, and goalie Jen Stuart:nrne-a1-near-goal-1nrne-a2-near-goal-2nrne-a3-near-goal-3nrne-a4-near-goal-4nrne-a5-near-goal-5

In the second half (15:10), Haley Nathan had Clippers GK Jen Stuart defending her on the left but Haley passed instead of shooting. Haley’s pass across the goal put Jen out of position and had “open net” written all over it.  Fortunately, for Newburyport there were no Hornets breaking in from the right and the ball rolled harmlessly across the endline.  This is what that sequence looked like.  Haley Nathan is #11:nrne-a6-haley-nathan-11-set-to-shoot-or-passnrne-a7-haleys-pass-goes-through-the-creasenrne-a8-haleys-pass-rolls-out-the-other-side

Kat Hassapis about to make a save

Kat Hassapis about to make a save

The Clippers held their own on the defensive end and in midfield.  They frequently put two or three passes together.  However, the Hornets did not allow open looks.  Kirsten Bradley was especially good at getting the ball away from Newburyport attackers.  On the rare occasions that the ball got closer, there was the 2015 Cape Ann League Player-of-the-Year (Kat Hassapis) in net for North Reading.

Impressed with the play of Newburyport’s Krysta Padellaro and Margaret Cote.  Both of them displayed the fearlessness that had them winning more than a few 50-50 balls.

Newburyport goalie Jen Stuart is unscored on in nine straight games.  Next game for the Clippers is hosting Triton Wednesday (6:30PM).

Kirsten Bradley (20) and Sami Kelleher (8)

Kirsten Bradley (20) and Sami Kelleher (8)

Next for North Reading is hosting Pentucket on Wednesday at 4:30PM.

The weather was amazing.  Temperatures in the 70’s this late in October?

The last time I saw North Reading girls’ soccer was last November at Fraser Field in Lynn when they defeated Bishop Fenwick 2-1 to take the D3 North.  I got a pretty good shot of Haley Nathan driving home the game-winner.

Unusual call (to me) in this game was against North Reading for having too many players on the field.  I also saw an NR player sent to the sidelines by a referee for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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Rachel Hill (12) and Margaret Cote (11)

Rachel Hill (12) and Margaret Cote (11)

Olivia Sullivan (20) and Kaitlyn Shevlin (6)

Olivia Sullivan (20) and Kaitlyn Shevlin (6)

Chasing the ball

Chasing the ball

Kirsten Bradley

Kirsten Bradley

Cricket Good (4) collides with Meredith Griffin

Cricket Good (4) collides with Meredith Griffin

Ball in the middle

Ball in the middle

Action around Kat Hassapis (19)

Action around Kat Hassapis (19)

Jess Muise (9)

Jess Muise (9)

 

 

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Girls Soccer: Tewksbury and Newburyport settle for 0-0 tie

Cricket Good (4) moves toward the Tewksbury net with teammate Sami Kelleher (8)

Cricket Good (4) moves toward the Tewksbury net with teammate Sami Kelleher (8)

Margaret Cote (11) and Jenny Lerman (14)

Margaret Cote (11) and Jenny Lerman (14)

(Newburyport MA) Newburyport (10-1-2) has only allowed one goal since a 3-0 loss to North Reading in their second game of the season.

That lone goal is still the only goal after the Clippers settled for a 0-0 tie against non-league Tewksbury on Friday night under the lights at the Stehlin Stadium.

No question in my mind that Tewskbury (7-5-1) was happier with the tie than the Clippers were.  Why?  A point is a point and the Redmen haven’t qualified for the MIAA tournament yet.  Also, they held down a strong team like Newburyport while being without key scoring weapon, Marissa Ladderbush.  Marissa (sophomore) tallied twenty-five goals for the Tewksbury JV’s in 2015 and has scored goals at the varsity level in 2016.

Amelia Droschwitz (5) open in the corner on the baseline.

Amelia Droschwitz (5) open in the corner on the baseline.

It had to be a frustrating tie for Newburyport.  Unbeaten in the previous ten games and playing at home seemed to the Clippers’ advantage but it only led to another terrific defensive effort.  During the previous ten, Newburyport had registered twenty-four goals.  Shutting them out in this game clearly spoke well of the Tewksbury defenders.

I thought that Newburyport carried the play in the first half.  Putting passes together in the midfield happened.  Putting passes together in the goal-scoring area, not so much.  The shots were long and Redmen GK Leanne Durham had a good look at each of them.

Olivia Sullivan (20) settles the ball for Newburyport

Olivia Sullivan (20) settles the ball for Newburyport

Second half saw ten minutes where the visitors from the Merrimack Valley Conference nearly scored.  Five minutes in a Tewksbury shot deflected off Newburyport GK Jen Stuart and off the crossbar.  Five minutes later Jen came way out to play a ball in and didn’t get it.  Fortunately, for Newburyport no one from Tewksbury could get a shot at the open net.

The rest of the way Newburyport had the chances: Colleen Byron with 15 minutes left and Sami Kelleher with seven minutes left.  With five minutes to go, a Clippers shot went off the crossbar.  But there were no goals scored.

Emily Chmela (19) and Amelia Kroschwitz (5) battle for the ball

Emily Chmela (19) and Amelia Kroschwitz (5) battle for the ball

A big game ahead for Newburyport on Monday afternoon.  They will be rematching with North Reading at home.  The Hornets did a number on the Clippers, 3-0, on September 13th.  Newburyport hasn’t lost since.

Impressed with NHS defenders Katie Hadden and Krysta Padellaro: physical presence and strong kicking.

One thing that didn’t go well for Newburyport was corner kicks.  They had a number of them but instead of getting the ball into the front of the net they chose to tap it to a nearby teammate.  With Tewksbury packed in the area no good shots came out of that strategy.

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Newburyport GK Jen Stuart

Newburyport GK Jen Stuart

Tewksbury GK Leanne Durham

Tewksbury GK Leanne Durham

Olivia Sullivan (20) and Jenny Lerman (14)

Olivia Sullivan (20) and Jenny Lerman (14)

Amelia Kroschwitz (5) tries to get away from Haley Mignon (42)

Amelia Kroschwitz (5) tries to get away from Haley Mignon (42)

Shot coming my way.

Shot coming my way.

Colleen Byron (18) and Maddy Wescott (15)

Colleen Byron (18) and Maddy Wescott (15)

Izzy Picher (12)

Izzy Picher (12)

Haley Mignon (42) above the crowd looking to head in a corner kick.

Haley Mignon (42) above the crowd looking to head in a corner kick.

Action in the Tewksbury end

Action in the Tewksbury end

Eyes on the ball

Eyes on the ball

Newburyport shot coming in on Tewskbury GK Leanne Durham

Newburyport shot coming in on Tewskbury GK Leanne Durham

Audra Greenblott (7) and Lizzy Picher (12)

Audra Greenblott (7) and Lizzy Picher (12)

Sara Catanzano

Sara Catanzano

Krysta Padellaro

Krysta Padellaro

 

 

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Thoughts before the 2nd Clinton/Trump debate

Can’t resist chiming in.

A hypocrite defends the behavior of Bill/Hillary Clinton and is offended by Donald Trump’s words.

A hypocrite is offended by the behavior of Bill/Hillary Clinton and defends the words of Donald Trump.

The godless, lacking the absolutes of right and wrong, have no reason to be offended by either the behavior of Bill/Hillary Clinton or the words of Donald Trump.

The Godly are those who are offended by both the behavior of Bill/Hillary Clinton and the words of Donald Trump.

(The Godly must not forget their call to hate the sin and love the sinner.  They must also avoid sounding like the Pharisee in the Pharisee/tax collector parable of Luke 18:9-14: “God, I thank you that I am not like other men…..”)

 

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Triton stays undefeated with 38-21 win over Newburyport

Bryan Hughes (21) tries to trap Clipper QB Rob Shay in the end zone

Bryan Hughes (21) tries to trap Clipper QB Rob Shay in the end zone

Triton QB Lewi L'Heureux turns defender after giving up an interception to Brian Toolan.

Triton QB Lewi L’Heureux turns defender after giving up an interception to Brian Toolan.

(Newburyport MA) I took in my first football game at Newburyport’s refurbished stadium on a pleasant Friday night of Cape Ann League action.

Wow!  That place is terrific.  Turf is wonderful.

Great crowd saw plenty of back-and-forth action.

In the second half, Triton (5-0) shifted into a level of offense that the Clippers (2-3) couldn’t cope with.

I found the lighting to be very good for action shots.  Guessing where the action is going to happen is a significant part of shooting sports.  Sometimes you get it right.  Other times you don’t.

Disclaimer: All of the pictures in this entry are from the first half.

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Clippers onto the field.

Clippers onto the field.

Jack McCarthy (58) has Newburyport QB Rob Shay by the ankle.

Jack McCarthy (58) has Newburyport QB Rob Shay by the ankle.

Ball in the air after one of several high snaps.

Ball in the air after one of several high snaps.

Tom Lapham (2) loose around the right end.

Tom Lapham (2) loose around the right end.

Myles Maloof (9) chases his own fumble.

Myles Maloof (9) chases his own fumble.

Jack McCarthy (58) and John Falasca (75) sack Rob Shay.

Jack McCarthy (58) and John Falasca (75) sack Rob Shay.

Lewi L'Heureux surrounded by Clippers

Lewi L’Heureux surrounded by Clippers

Penalty flag (holding) flies during Lewi L'Heureux run

Penalty flag (holding) flies during Lewi L’Heureux run

Rob Shay and Ronnie Mwai chase a high snap.

Rob Shay and Ronnie Mwai chase a high snap.

Brendan Powers (81)

Brendan Powers (81)

Joel Skaff kicks an extra point after Newburyport's first touchdown

Joel Skaff kicks an extra point after Newburyport’s first touchdown

Chris Goullaud (5) jars the ball loose from Gunnar Gustafson (13)

Chris Goullaud (5) jars the ball loose from Gunnar Gustafson (13)

 

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Emma Richardson 2nd half goal gives Amesbury 2-1 win over Triton

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Alex Kennedy (14) kicks in traffic

Alex Kennedy (14) kicks in traffic

(Byfield MA) Amesbury ended a two week, win drought with a 2-1 Cape Ann League victory against Triton on a sunny Thursday afternoon.

The Indians (4-2-4) used a second-half score (see above) by senior Emma Richardson to get the job done.

Triton (2-6-1) played well enough to win but, thanks to a solid Indians defense, were limited to long shots for most of the afternoon.

Junior Meredith Kennedy drilled home one of those long shots for the Vikings that led to a 1-1 halftime tie.amtr-a1-meredith-kennedy-30-shot-on-way-to-goalamtr-a3-mk-shot-about-to-go-over-alli-napoli

Chelsea Lynch set to score first AHS goal

Chelsea Lynch set to score first AHS goal

Amesbury arrived late (to Triton) but started fast.  Sophomore Chelsea Lynch broke in very early with pregame space and time to dribble closer, look up, fire, and score.  At that point I suspected that Triton might be in for a long afternoon.  But it wasn’t that way at all.

The Vikings defense tightened up considerably and Amesbury chances were few.  On the other hand, Triton made runs down the sidelines on several occasions.

Junior Meredith Kennedy made one of those runs down the left sideline midway through the first half.  Meredith’s left-footed shot sailed over Amesbury goalie Alli Napoli to tie things.

Second half?  Amesbury had chances.  Triton had chances.

The Indians got in real close a number of times but senior Triton GK Dayna Rybicki had answers.

Mikayla Porcaro

Mikayla Porcaro

The Vikings had shots on net and several corner kicks but AHS senior defenders Julia LaMontagne and Mikayla Porcaro helped keep things long range.

Emma Richardson registered the game-winner midway through the second half.  The senior took a feed from teammate Emma DiPietro and raced down the right sideline.  As Emma cut toward the net she lifted a shot over Dayna Rybicki.

That goal held up.

Impressed with Meredith & Alex Kennedy.  Both are returning CAL All-Stars.  Defender Apphia Donoghue was very good handling AHS pressure.

Another returning CAL All-Star, Ashley Pettet, did a nice job passing and defending for Amesbury in the midfield area.

Senior Mikayla Porcaro was the ideal defender in front of AHS freshman goalie Alli Napoli.  Tall and experienced (Bishop Fenwick), Mikayla cleared numerous Triton attempts before they reached the AHS net minder.

Dayna Rybicki saves for Triton

Dayna Rybicki saves for Triton

Next for Amesbury is a game tomorrow (Friday) at home against seriously depleted Pentucket.

Triton will be at Ipswich on the same afternoon.

AHS has now scored ten goals in ten games while giving up seven goals.

Triton has tallied seven goals in nine games while giving up twenty-eight goals.  I have no doubt that the Vikings defense I saw this afternoon is a whole lot better than it was earlier in the season!

Instead of punting the ball out, Alli Napoli often passed the ball toward the sidelines.  That strategy led to several quick Triton counter-attacks.

Sara Stackpole was on the sidelines for Triton.

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Emma Richardson (25) and Madison McGrath (4) challenge Triton keeper Dayna Rybicki

Emma Richardson (25) and Madison McGrath (4) challenge Triton keeper Dayna Rybicki

Vikings celebrate Meredith Kennedy's goal

Vikings celebrate Meredith Kennedy’s goal

Chelsea Lynch (12) and Apphia Donoghue (4)

Chelsea Lynch (12) and Apphia Donoghue (4)

Ashley Pettet (8) and Skyla Lewis (13)

Ashley Pettet (8) and Skyla Lewis (13)

Elizabeth Lindholm (24), Ashley Pettet (8), and Michaela Halloran (9)

Elizabeth Lindholm (24), Ashley Pettet (8), and Michaela Halloran (9)

Meredith Kennedy (14) and Michaela Halloran (9)

Meredith Kennedy (14) and Michaela Halloran (9)

Alex Kennedy

Alex Kennedy

Julia LaMontagne

Julia LaMontagne

Action in front of the Triton net

Action in front of the Triton net

Josie Smith

Josie Smith

 

 

 

 

 

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