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Lincoln-Sudbury wins D1 North girls’ soccer finals 1-0 over Chelmsford

Lincoln-Sudbury captains and coaches with Division 1 North trophy

Lincoln-Sudbury captains and coaches with Division 1 North trophy

Freshman Izzy Ross netted game-winner

Freshman Izzy Ross netted game-winner

(Lynn MA) With forty seconds left in the first half freshman Izzy Ross was presented with a golden opportunity.  The Chelmsford goalie was down, the ball was at her feet, and half the net was uncovered.

“I just tried to focus on the goal,” said Izzy afterwards recalling the setup and the score that enabled Lincoln-Sudbury to oust Chelmsford, 1-0, and give the Warriors the Division 1 North girls’ soccer title.

Lincoln-Sudbury will face Whitman-Hanson in the D1 state semi-finals on Tuesday night (5PM) at Manning Field in Lynn.

Scoring goals on Chelmsford (14-4-4) has taken some doing all season.  The Lions had given up just four goals going into the game with LS including shutouts in their last seven games.

“We knew that they had a great defense,” said LS coach Kate Berry.  “We worked a lot on crossing and finishing.  We wanted to make sure we got in front of the goal.”

That they did on the decisive goal.  In the last minute, sophomore Jenna Barnes dribbled free on the right side and had defender Mary Lupoli and CHS goalie Claire Markey in front of her.  Instead of taking the shot, Jenna kicked the ball across the front of the net.  LS junior Emily Gorman broke down the middle and GK Claire Markey slid over to cover her.  The ball, however, went past both of them to Izzy Ross who got to the front of the net and converted the dream setup.chls A3 goal 1chls A4 goal 2chls A5 goal 3chls A6 goal 4chls A7 goal 5chls A8 goal 6chls A9 goal 7

Chelmsford had scored thirty-six goals during the season and they had three golden chances against Lincoln-Sudbury.

Caitlyn McCabe and Caleigh Simons

Caitlyn McCabe and Caleigh Simons

In the first half (8:00), Caitlyn McCabe sent a rocket from the left toward the goal.  Warriors’ goalie Caroline Fahey had the shot in her sights.  Junior Ellie Paolucci, however, flew in from the right and just missed tipping Caitlyn’s shot past the LS goalie.

In the second half (20:34), Caitlyn McCabe launched another fast-moving shot from the left.  This shot sailed over GK Caroline Fahey and glanced off the crossbar.  “I’ve developed a great relationship with the crossbar,” joked Caroline afterwards.

The third Chelmsford near-miss was described by Warriors coach Kate Berry as “the play of the game.”  At 17:20, Ellie Paolucci from the right put a long pass on the foot of teammate Patricia Blumeris in the middle.  Patricia redirected the ball but right to GK Fahey who had moved out from the goal.  “It was an amazing save,” said Coach Berry.

For the second straight playoff win, LS was able to keep the ball in the opponent’s end of the field in the closing minutes.

incoming

incoming

I was impressed with the soccer skills of both teams.  Their ability to control the ball in tight spaces was excellent.

Lincoln-Sudbury’s only state title was in 2003 when they ended Winchester’s 41-game win streak to do it.

The Gatorade bath was all set up for Coach Berry during the celebration afterwards.  However, Warriors’ senior Hannah Rosenblatt nixed the idea saying that they should wait until two games from now.  That would be to celebrate the state title on Saturday at WPI.

It was a cold night for sure.  The good news was that there wasn’t any wind.

(I can edit this blog easily.  If there is a mistake, let me know.)

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shot off crossbar

shot off crossbar

Ellie Paolucci

Ellie Paolucci

Chelmsford captains

Chelmsford captains

corner kick

corner kick

Jenna King and Michelle Materna

Jenna King and Michelle Materna

Mary Lupoli

Mary Lupoli

Chelmsford GK Claire Markey

Chelmsford GK Claire Markey

Jenny Crowell

Jenny Crowell

Jenna Barnes - Big goal vs Central Catholic - Big assist vs Chelmsford

Jenna Barnes – Big goal vs Central Catholic – Big assist vs Chelmsford

 

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8-run second inning keys 11-2 Chelmsford win over Newburyport

Taylor Rowsell scores the 8th Chelmsford run

Taylor Rowsell scores the 8th Chelmsford run

Amy Sullivan tagged out at the plate by Carly Rennie

Amy Sullivan tagged out at the plate by Carly Rennie

(Newburyport MA) Chelmsford defeated Newburyport, 11-2, in non-league softball game on a sunny Monday morning.

This game was settled in the second inning.  How?  Any time you have an inning in which one team slugs three triples and the other team commits four errors you can be sure the damage will be significant.  And it was.

Chelmsford (7-1) sent twelve batters to the plate in that second inning and eight of them crossed home plate before the inning was over.

Catherine Nestor, Carly Rennie, and Libby Mercuri each tripled over outfielder’s heads in the decisive frame off of NHS starter Vicki Allman.  Because the Lions were such good hitters, it was imperative that the Clippers limit the CHS at-bats with tight defense.  Not in this inning.  Infielders Molly Kelley, Jade Carpenter, and Meghan Stanton all picked up errors.

Abby Desrosiers (scholarship to Merrimack)

Abby Desrosiers (scholarship to Merrimack)

I’m going to beat that error thing to death but it was such a big part of this game.  Chelmsford scored a run in the first on an attempt by Abby Desrosiers to steal third.  The throw from catcher Lauren Singer went past third baseman Jade Carpenter enabling Abby to continue on home with the Lions’ first run.

Ahead, 9-0, after two innings, Chelmsford put runners on first and second with one out in the third inning with Stephanie Gleason now pitching for Newburyport.  A throwing error (Meghan Stanton) loaded the bases and Carly Rennie singled to center driving in two more runs.

A week ago Newburyport (3-3) was able to get a win over Amesbury, 16-15, because the Clippers were able to put an eight-run inning together.  Not against Chelmsford.  CHS coach Bruce Rich used three pitchers (Jackie Arndt, Meg Dugas, and Erin O’Keefe) and kept NHS away from a big inning.

The Clippers had five hits and stranded six baserunners in the first three innings but came away with no runs.  CHS starter junior Jackie Arndt K’d Lauren Singer to end a two-on, two-out situation in the first.  In the second, NHS had two more on (singles Molly Kelley and Vicki Allman) with only one out but Jackie escaped by striking out Morgan Johnston and getting Ashley Hodge to pop to shortstop Abby Desrosiers.  In the third inning the Clippers had a walk (Amy Sullivan) and two hits (Carly Siemasko and Lauren Singer) and came up empty again as rightfielder Catherine Nestor nailed Amy Sullivan at the plate after Lauren’s single.

Carly Siemasko (3 hits and an RBI)

Carly Siemasko (3 hits and an RBI)

Newburyport avoided the shutout with unearned runs in the sixth and seventh innings.  An error by shortstop Abby Desrosiers in the sixth gave NHS an extra out and the Clippers loaded the bases.  Carly Siemasko drove in the Newburyport run singling to deep short.  Outfielders McKenzie Lalumiere and Catherine Nestor ended that inning (bases loaded) nearly colliding on a fly ball to right center.  McKenzie, however, came away with the catch.

The NHS run in the 7th came after a second Abby Desrosiers error enabled Meghan Stanton to reach.  The Clippers would get runners on first and third.  With two outs the runner on first got in a rundown while Meghan scampered home from third.

Freshman Meg Dugas pitched 3 1/3 innings while senior Erin O’Keefe recorded the last two outs for the Lions.

Junior Carly Siemasko reached base all four times getting three hits and a walk.

Meg Dugas had three hits for Chelmsford.  Carly Rennie knocked in three runs to pace CHS in that category.

Catherine Nestor made several terrific plays in right field

Catherine Nestor made several terrific plays in right field

Catherine Nestor made a couple of tough catches in right field for the Lions.

Abby Desrosiers will be playing for Division 2 Merrimack next year.

Meghan Stanton made a nice catch on Abby’s liner in the seventh inning.

Division 1 Chelmsford was 9-10 last season.  They’re in the very strong Merrimack Valley Conference.

Next game for Newburyport is tomorrow (Tuesday) at Triton (10AM).

Wonderful weather at Cashman Park.

Chelmsford box

Newburyport box

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McKenzie Lalumiere and Catherine Nestor converge

McKenzie Lalumiere and Catherine Nestor converge

Shianne Sneider

Shianne Sneider

CHS coach Bruce Rich

CHS coach Bruce Rich

Erin OKeefe

Erin OKeefe

rundown scramble in the 7th inning

rundown scramble in the 7th inning

CHS starter Jackie Arndt

CHS starter Jackie Arndt

Lauren Singer makes a nice catch on a foul popup

Lauren Singer makes a nice catch on a foul popup

Shannon Garrity

Shannon Garrity

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