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Newburyport routs East Boston in D3 North opening round

Olivia Coletti starts the Newburyport scoring

Maddy Felts (15) and Cricket Good (11) celebrate a goal

(Newburyport MA) The Clippers (10-6-3) scored early and often in their 11-0 Preliminary Round win over East Boston on Sunday afternoon.

The #17 Jets (10-8-1) struggled all game just to get into the #16 Newburyport half of the field.

Midway through the first half an EB long ball from midfield rolled to Newburyport keeper Anneliese Truesdale and the Clippers student section “cheered.”  Why?  That was the first and only ball that Anneliese handled during the entire half!

Meanwhile, down the other end, the Clippers applied pressure, pressure, and more pressure and the goals started adding up.

East Boston goalie Julianna Bonilla made some nice saves but also left some big rebounds.

Newburyport coach Kevin Sheridan had everyone on his bench in action in the first half and used reserves for most of the second half.

Molly Webster (2 goals) and East Boston GK Julianna Bonilla battle for a rebound

East Boston coach Richard LaCara took note: “Newburyport is very, very skilled.  We appreciate everything that took place here.  It could have been a lot uglier than it was.  There was no running up the score.”

The Clippers had nine different goals scorers.

Senior Cricket Good paced the home team with two goals and an assist.

Sophomore Molly Webster also had two scores.

“Other people had good shots,” said Molly afterwards.  “The rebounds were there for me to run into.”

Vanessa Rico (6) and Isabel Kirby (13)

The goals today were Molly’s 2nd and 3rd of the season.

Senior Olivia Coletti started the scoring for NHS three minutes into the game.  Denied a minute earlier, Olivia fielded a deflected shot by Kelsey Soule and cashed an open netter.

Five minutes later one captain (Molly Elmore) was set up by another captain (Cricket Good).

Another five minutes Cricket used her strong left foot from the left side to beat GK Julianna Bonilla to the far side.

Another five minutes Maddy Felts turned a rebound into a 4-0 lead.

This was the point at which Anneliese Truesdale finally had to field a long roller from midfield.

The Clippers added three more goals in the first half to lead 7-0 at intermission.

Katie Gallagher (2 assists) readies a corner kick

“The girls played well,” said Coach Sheridan after the game.  “Everyone had a chance to play.  There was quality time for everyone in a tournament game.”

Junior Matigan DeFeo had a goal and two assists while Norah McElhinney added a goal and an assist.

Newburyport is in the Cape Ann League while East Boston plays in the Boston City League.

“Our goal is always to win the city championship,” said Coach LeCara.  “Whatever happens after that happens.”

The Jets lost in the city semi-finals.

Anna Affolter (21) and Jennifer Sanabria (12)

Tuesday the Clippers will encounter #1 seed Stoneham in the First Round.  Trust me, “night-and-day” might describe the difference in competition Newburyport will face in that one.

At one point in the second half, the Jets had twelve players on the field before Coach LaCara realized it and got the attention of the extra player.

Soccer doesn’t have a mercy rule………or do they?  I believe that the second half (?) was played with running time.  Normally the clock stops after goals.

I did some last-minute homework on Newburyport girls soccer to see when the last time was that the Clippers were in the tournament.  Didn’t happen last year but in 2017 they reached the state semi-finals.  Who did they play in the First Round on November 4th?  East Boston.  Score?  12-0.  Two years ago at Stehlin Stadium.

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Cricket Good shoots for the far corner

East Boston threatens late in the game

Jets circle Liberty Palermino

Maddy Felts (15) watches her shot that turned into a goal

Molly Elmore (9) lines up a header

Molly Webster (19) and Matigan DeFeo (26) break in

Norah McElhinney (12) celebrates her goal

Olivia Coletti nearly scores early

Olivia Sullivan

Page Cole (24) dribbles by an EB defender

Sami Cavanaugh (10) sets to turn a corner kick into a goal

Sierra Leahy

Sportsmanship

 

 

 

 

 

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Newburyport keeps ALS Cup with 3-0 win over Pentucket

Clippers celebrate a 3-0 shutout over Pentucket

Meaghan O’Leary sets up for a direct kick.

(Newburyport MA) She couldn’t have picked a better time.

Senior Meaghan O’Leary turned two direct kicks into the first two goals of her high school career helping Newburyport (7-4-2) shut out Pentucket, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Newburyport.

The win kept the coveted ALS Cup in the possession of the Clippers.

Pentucket (8-4-2) has yet to win the ALS Cup in the annual crowd-drawing event.

There was valid optimism that today might be the day for the Sachems’ drought to end.

Why?

Shot coming in

Pentucket had a 6-5 win over the Clippers on September 10th at West Newbury.  The Sachems were down twice by two goals in that back-and-forth contest but rallied to stun the visitors.

The Sachems could score (46 goals) and they had the character to rally back if necessary.

On this cloudy afternoon, however, the Clippers kept both of those things from happening.

“The differences this time,” said NHS coach Kevin Sheridan, “were the organization of our defense, the discipline of our defense, and the communication all the way from the keeper to the strikers in terms of who’s covering who.  That first game was a wakeup call for us.”

Sabrina Campbell (19) and Page Cole (24)

“We came out in the second half determined to crush any hope they had of winning,” explained captain Molly Elmore.  “There was no letup.  We played the full eighty minutes.”

“Newburyport was very organized and defended well,” said Sachems coach Dan Millard.  “We had scored forty-six goals but got none today.”

Eight minutes into the first half (32:19), Meaghan O’Leary’s direct kick from the right deflected off the fingertips of Pentucket netminder Ashlynne Reade to put Newburyport in front, 1-0.

The visitors had some good chances to tie the score in the first half.  The best may have been with less than two minutes when Sabrina Campbell sent a ball into the middle that GK Anneliese Truesdale caught with Mackenzie Currie bearing down on her.

“We were better in the first half than we were in the second,” recalled Coach Millard.

The Clippers were awarded two direct kicks within the span of four minutes in the second half.  Meaghan O’Leary cashed the second one at 25:41.

First goal – upper left corner

“We practice a lot of free kicks,” said Meaghan.  “We have about ten girls that can take really good ones.  I was lucky enough to be the one who stepped up.”

Meaghan’s second goal (25:41 – second half) was off a direct kick from straight away.  Both of her goals were driven toward the upper left side and deflected off GK Ashlynne Reade into the net.

Clippers celebrate 2nd goal

Another set play produced the third goal at 14:26. Senior Cricket Good had plenty to do with this one.  The St. Anselm’s commit came across from the right into the middle and fired a shot back toward the right post that GK Ashlynne Reade make a brilliant save on.  The deflection gave Newburyport a corner kick from the right corner.

Cricket’s 13th goal was off a corner kick with her left foot that was sent low toward the goal.  Ashlynne came out to get the ball, between two teammates, but the hard shot deflected off her hand into the net.

Cricket Good’s CK coming in

Down 3-0 with fourteen minutes remaining, the Clippers had the lead and the solid defense to keep the shutout.

Referencing the three goals on set plays, Coach Millard said, “There were things out of our control.”

Mackenzie Currie (9) and Izzy Kirby (13)

The key defensive player for the Clippers was sophomore Izzy Kirby. Izzy had the job of trying to contain high-scorer Mackenzie Currie.

Meaghan O’Leary: “#13 (Izzy Kirby) was unbelievable.”

GK Anneliese Truesdale: “Izzy was always there to help with Mackenzie.”

“When their top guns received the ball, we had them marked and we had help there as well,” said Coach Sheridan.

A large crowd enjoyed the middle game of today’s triple-header at Stehlin Field.  Only on a turf field could you play a football game and two soccer games, after a night of rain, and still have a great field in place.

GK Anneliese Truesdale up for a save with Mackenzie Currie (9) close by

Anneliese Truesdale: “In the beginning of the season I struggled with high shots but Coach (Sheridan) had worked a lot on it with me.  Give credit to Pentucket.  This is the toughest competition we’ve seen in the ALS Cup.”

Cricket Good: “We were expecting a ton of goals, but we did a good job of knowing their players this time specifically.  It could have been a closer game, but Anneliese had some amazing saves.”

Olivia Sullivan: “We knew what we had to do after the first game with Pentucket.  We came out with plenty of energy this time.  Everyone was focused in warmups.”

Molly Elmore: “Today’s game was bigger than us.  It was for a cause.  I have been going head-to-head with Jacey Jennings for a couple of years.  I tried to find her because she can be a big threat.  She has a good shot.”

Molly Elmore and Jacey Jennings

Coach Sheridan: “Pentucket is a really good team.  We expected them to come out firing in the second half and we knew we had to match them.  It was a great statement game for our girls.  They are thrilled to maintain the cup.”

The Clippers have now won four straight and allowed only one goal during the win streak.

You couldn’t help but notice how dangerous Mackenzie Currie can be.  The combination of size, strong shot, and hustle make her a constant threat.

Cricket Good received a yellow card in the second half.  She was sent off in the first half. “The first time off I said that I’d keep my mouth shut and figure it out,” she said. “There’s still work to be done.”

Yellow card for Cricket Good

Both teams are in Division Three.  “I’m hoping that maybe we can play them again in the tournament,” said Coach Millard.  The Sachems have already made the tourney.  The Clippers need a win or two ties in their remaining schedule to also qualify.

Another Division Three Cape Ann League team is Lynnfield.  They have beaten Newburyport twice and Pentucket once.

That 6-5 win in September was the first time Pentucket had defeated Newburyport in NINE years.  From 2013-2018, in twelve meetings with the Clippers the Sachems had scored only TWO goals. That is why that 6-5 win sent the message that things had changed in West Newbury.

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Annabelle Sylvanowicz and Olivia Sullivan

Anneliese Truesdale, Meaghan O’Leary, Katie Gallagher

GK Annaliese Truesdale corrals a loose ball

Deidre McElhinney (8) and Katelyn Sudbay (21)

Deidre McElhinney

Kinneal Dickens

Sage Seymour sang The National Anthem

Molly Elmore will attend Sacred Heart (Fairfield CT) next year

Molly Elmore and Jacey Jennings

Olivia Coletti and Syiera Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Purdue commit Sydney Yim leads Newburyport past Whittier 3-0

Sydney Yim unleashes a hard hit at the Whittier defenders

Sydney Yim committed to Purdue VB on Friday

(Newburyport MA) Impressive.

And I wasn’t the only one impressed by junior Sydney Yim of the Newburyport Clippers.

“She’s one of the best I’ve seen,” said Whittier coach Paul Bonosaro after his team fell, 3-0, to Newburyport on Wednesday evening.

“She can hit it hard and she can hit it soft,” the Wildcats coach added.

Taking that “impressive” label even further, Sydney has obviously gotten the attention of Purdue University VB head coach Dave Shondell as well.

“I committed to Purdue on Friday,” Sydney told me after the win over Whittier.  “I visited there and enjoyed the campus.  I also had a really good connection with the coaching staff there.”

Julianne Heath had twenty assists

No question that the Division One Boilermakers (West Lafayette IND) had an advantage.  “My mom went there, and she encouraged me,” laughed Sydney.

Tonight, the Clippers (9-5) swept Whittier; 25-16, 25-16, and 25-23.

“We certainly competed in the last set,” said Coach Bonosaro.  “We needed just a few things to go our way to win it.”

But those “few things” were missing for Whittier (10-4) much of the night.  “We had too many service errors and too much miscommunication,” he recalled.

The Wildcats (10-4) have qualified for the post-season and since both teams are in Division 2 North they could meet again, for the third time.  The Clippers won at Haverhill, 3-1, on September 23rd.

Whittier coach Paul Bonosaro

The Clippers haven’t qualified yet for the tournament although just one win in the final six games will get that job done.

“Our ability to communicate was a huge part of tonight’s win,” explained NHS coach Lori Solazzo.

She added that it certainly helps to have a player like Sydney on the team.

It is easy to forget that this is only the Clippers THIRD season with a volleyball team; 1-14 (2017), 4-15 (2018), and now 9-5…….and counting. Remarkable.

I asked Coach Solazzo how her team has become so good so quickly: “The girls have really dedicated themselves to getting better.  Many of them have worked at it during the off-season.  There’s interest in the school in volleyball.  We had sixty-four girls try out.”

The Clippers trailed early (6-5) in the first set before pulling away 16-10 and 20-13. A long hit by Whittier’s Grace Efosa ended the set 25-16.

Grace Efosa will play basketball for Providence next year

The second set was all Newburyport.  Sydney Yim (14 kills, 5 aces) led NHS to a 13-5 advantage.  One time it was serving.  Another it was dropping a shot into an open space.  In one sequence Sydney served a ball that wasn’t handled in the Whittier second row.  A replacement was inserted by Coach Bonosaro to that spot.  A hard serve by Sydney went to the same spot with the same result.

The third set was close.  Grace Efosa had the team from the Commonwealth Athletic Conference up 3-0 early.  But the Clippers (Cape Ann League) used a Sydney soft shot and a Sydney kill to get in front 18-13.  Credit Whittier, they didn’t pack it in.  They rode a drop-in by Meghan Jegerow and an ace by Alyssa Michel to trail by only one, 21-20.  Coach Solazzo called a timeout.  And she called another one after an ace by Alicia Habib tied the score at 23-23.  But that was the best Whittier could do.  A long hit and then a mishandled volley gave the home team the two points they needed to win the match.

“We did a good job of communicating tonight after a rough start,” explained Sydney.  “We gradually ended up learning more about the other team and adjusting to what they had do offer.”

Coach Bonosaro: “We tried to block her (Sydney Yim) and take her out of the game.  We did our best.”

Kate Sarra (19) and Jillian Stallard (12)

I hadn’t been in the Newburyport gymnasium since the boys team lost in the DNorth basketball playoffs to Dracut.  I was delighted with the bright lights.  On the lesser side, the low ceiling was certainly a factor.  With the ceiling actually in play, there were several awkward volleys.  I heard one Newburyport fan explain to someone nearby that the “ceiling was the team’s Seventh Man.”

Senior Julianne Heath had eighteen assists for Newburyport.

Whittier’s Alyssa Michel had twenty service points in the first meeting with the Clippers.

Zaria Collazo

It was interesting to have two Division One college commits on the floor at the same time.  You know about Sydney and Purdue.  The other D1 commit was Whittier senior Grace Efosa who will play basketball at Providence College for the Friars.

Coach Bonosaro is in his first year as head coach.  He was an assistant coach at Whittier for fourteen years.

Coach Solazzo played volleyball for Gordon College (Wenham MA) back in the day.  My wife and I were admiring spectators for quite a few of her games playing for Coach Val Ginn.

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Sofia Messina serves set point

Block attempt

Meghan Jegerow sets

Siarra Cronin tries to block Sydney Yim

Sydney Yim spikes past Grace Efosa and Siarra Cronin

Meghan Jegerow (4)

Lindsey Hunt (4)

Laney Lucci

Jess Rosseau (8)

block

Battle at the net

Alicia Habib (40) and Siarra Cronin (12)

 

 

 

 

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Shorthanded North Reading defeats Newburyport 28-14

Jack Keller (3 TDs) uses a block by Ryan Kavanaugh (4)

Backup QB Ryan McCullough took a keeper 58 yards in the first quarter

(Newburyport MA) The Hornets starting quarterback Brian Heffernan was out with a sore back.

He already had ten touchdown passes in just three games.

Not to worry, sophomore fill-in Ryan McCullough was more than up for the job and North Reading continues undefeated after a Cape Ann League win (28-14) over Newburyport on Friday night.

“We had to simplify things,” said NR coach Ed Blum afterwards.  “He (Ryan) hasn’t had many QB reps but he’s an athlete and he did a good job.”

Ryan passed for a touchdown (Jack Keller) and ran for one, all in the first half.

The Clippers (2-2) were unaware that they would be facing a different quarterback.  It didn’t really matter to Newburyport coach Ben Smolski: “They ran what they ran on film and we defended as we taught them to.”

Walker Bartkiewicz (8) scored all of Newburyport’s points

The Clippers matched the Hornets (4-0) with two first-half touchdowns.  Both were by senior Walker Bartkiewicz.

Newburyport squandered a chance to take the lead early in the second half.  The NR punt receiver dropped the ball and Spencer Beane recovered setting the home team up on the NR 23.  But a Charlie Cahalane pass bounced off Walker Bartkiewicz’s hand and junior Jack Donohue had the interception near the goal-line.

Jacob Buontempo (20) turns a fumble into positive yardage

The Hornets turned the NHS turnover into a 94-yard march with Jack Keller finishing the final twenty-two yards on a sweep left with 3:16 to go in the third quarter.  Rob Tammario kicked the extra points just as he had done after the two first-half scores.  NR was now ahead, 21-14.

Jack Keller tallies the Hornets final touchdown

Turning point alert!  Next possession Newburyport started on their own 41 and moved to the NR 13 and had a 4th-and-2 from there as the seconds ticked off at the end of the 3rd quarter.  “There was a miscommunication between us and the refs over the time left on the play clock,” said Coach Smolski.  “We would have called a timeout but instead we ended up with a five-yard delay of game penalty.”  Now pushed back to the NR 18, there were still two options; go for the first down or kick a field goal.

“Walker (Bartkiewicz) was within his range but we wanted to tie the game and then put us in a position to win the game later on a field goal,” explained Coach Smolski.

The Clippers opted for a pass play and it might have worked for the important first down, but the toss was dropped by Trevor Ward.

Brayden Scribner had an interception for NR in the 4th quarter

Newburyport did get the ball back in the 4th quarter (7:54) with yet another chance to tie the score.  However, Brayden Scribner in the Hornets secondary picked off Charlie Cahalane’s pass attempt and returned the interception to the Newburyport 22 with 3:31 left in the game.

North Reading was now running the Wildcat with Jack Keller getting the direct snap.  Jack found a hole up the middle and went in untouched from eleven yards away to seal this one for the visitors.  This was Jack’s third TD of the contest.

This was the 4th time that the Hornets have pulled out a game in the second half.  “I wish we could play a better first twenty-four minutes,” said Coach Blum post-game.

Newburyport has now lost five straight times to North Reading.

In the last two games Walker Bartkiewicz has scored all the Clippers’ points.  He had sixteen last week against Ipswich.

Lovely evening with temps close to sixty with no wind.

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Aidan Carucci (6) ends Newburyport’s last possession with an interception

Brayden Scribner had an interception in the 4th quarter

Charlie Cahalane looks for a receiver in the flat

Charlie Cahalane throws over Aidan Carucci

Coach Ed Blum

Gerry Callagy

Ryan McCullough

Tyler Foley (15) brings down Jack Keller

Walker Bartkiewicz (8) behind the defense after catching a pass

Walker Bartkiewicz tangles with Robert Tammario (10) trying to catch a pass

Ryan Kavanaugh (4) finds an opening

Ryan McCullough on his way to the end zone

Ryan McCullough runs for a first down

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lynnfield wins six straight edging Newburyport 1-0

Numerous corner kicks by both teams set up trouble in the box for both teams.

Lynnfield celebrates at game’s end

(Newburyport MA) If you enjoyed rain and corner kicks you were at the right game.

Lynnfield (6-2-1) capitalized on one of their CK’s and that was enough to defeat Newburyport, 1-0, on a rainy Thursday afternoon of Cape Ann League girls soccer at Stehlin Field in Newburyport.

“It’s always tournament style when we play Newburyport,” said Pioneers coach Mark Vermont afterwards.

Lynnfield has defeated the Clippers (3-4-2) twice in 2019 and are currently on a six-game winning streak.

Ashley Mitchell set up teammate Anna Radulski on a corner kick

Eight days ago, the score in the Lynnfield/Newburyport contest was a misleading 4-1.  It was tied at halftime and the last two goals came as the Clippers flooded the offensive end trying to catch up.  “It was much closer than the score indicated,” recalled Coach Vermont.

That game, however, is important when discussing today’s game because what worked offensively for the Pioneers in that victory came back and worked again………..corner kick goal. The Pioneers had two CK’s in the first meeting.

“One corner kick was the difference today,” lamented NHS coach Kevin Sheridan post-game.  “Part of our scouting report on them was that they were super strong on corner kicks.  They get players in the box.  They come with good angles and they’re big kids.”

Sophomore Anna Radulski had the first goal off junior Ashley Mitchell’s corner kick in September 18th match.  Exact same thing happened today, although not only was it the first goal but it was the only one.

Anna got the goal with 7:49 left in the first half.

The CK will reach Anna Radulski (19) and result in a goal

Reaction to scored goal

The goal-resulting corner kick was from the left corner.  Ashley Mitchell’s kick was high, and it went over senior Molly Ozanian’s head (she tried to head it) and then reached Anna who had inside position on defender Matigan Felts.  Anna kicked the ball before it landed. There were Clippers defenders blocking goalie Anneliese Truesdale’s view and she had no chance to get in front of Anna’s shot as it went into the left corner.

Coach Sheridan on the Lynnfield goal: “We were a little too loose in our markings.  A girl got free.  She didn’t get a strong kick, but she was in the right position with good timing.”

And that one goal would hold up despite a plethora of opportunities for both teams.

Molly Webster (19) comes close

For Newburyport, Molly Webster had a header that went wide left.  Later, Sammy Cavanaugh broke in from the left and had a shot go just wide to the right.

For Lynnfield, Tori Morelli hit the sidebar on a header off a corner kick.  Later, a hard Lynnfield shot from the middle went through the wet gloves of GK Anneliese Truesdale and trickled just wide left.

“Anneliese was very good today,” said Coach Sheridan.  “She made a big save late in the game and she squeezed a couple out of the air early in the game with players in her face.”

Coach Sheridan also noted strong play in the midfield.  “Deidre (McElhinney) and Molly (Elmore) were great there.  The more they connect to each other the better the team goes. Ideally, every pass the team makes should have an intent.  We want to be a team that possesses the ball and builds an offense.”

Clippers’ shot goes wide past GK Amberly McCarter

The Pioneers were 12-5-3 last season and graduated only one player off that team.

“Lynnfield plays hard,” said Coach Sheridan.  “They get good body position on the ball and you’re always fighting to get around them.  They also do a nice job on set plays.”

Coach Vermont: “Corner kicks are what we work on and today we got a goal on a corner.  Anna (Radulski) made her run and the ball got to her.”

Coach Sheridan: “We’ve had a two-week stretch of playing good team after good team.  It’s a credit to the Cape Ann League.  There are no more easy games.  The quality of the CAL makes kids better.”

Lauren Braconnier (12) and Cricket Good (11)

Both Lynnfield and Newburyport are in Division Three.  “We’ll see what happens in the state tournament,” said Coach Sheridan.  They could face each other for a third time.

Today’s game started with sun but those who know a thing or two about weather had umbrellas with them.  On Newburyport’s Tuesday game at Amesbury I got caught umbrella-less and headed for home at halftime.  Today I noted the forecast, even though the sun was shining at the time, and had a small umbrella with me.  When it started raining in the first half, I was ready. At halftime I got a bigger umbrella and stayed for the whole game.  You gotta be prepared!

I continue to marvel at Stehlin Field with its turf and lights.  Today it starts to rain.  No puddles or ruined grass.  It gets a little dark.  On go the lights.  Nice place.

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Olivia Coletti

Norah McElhinney (12), Emma Ricciardi (2), and Deidre McElhinney (8)

Tori Morelli

rainy conditions

Liz Sykes

Abby Lucich (9), Anna Radulski (19) and Emma Ricciardi (2)

Deidre McElhinney (8) and Lexi Veglia (13)

Ashley Mitchell

Anneliese Truesdale

Amberly McCarter

Lynnfield celebrates

 

 

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Undefeated Amesbury (5-0-3) stays that way with 1-1 tie versus Newburyport

Cricket Good and Alyssa Pettet get tangled up

Olivia Coletti moves into space in front of the Amesbury goal

(Amesbury MA) My camera has a deal with me: I keep it dry, and it continues to work.

Out of nowhere, just before halftime, the rains came to Cashman Elementary School this afternoon during a nice matchup up between Newburyport and Amesbury.

That rain was my cue to exit……..and I reluctantly did.

Newburyport had a 1-0 led at halftime, thanks to a goal by senior Olivia Coletti ten minutes into the game.

Olivia came from left to right and found space for a shot to Amesbury goalie Alli Napoli’s left to get her first goal of the season. Senior Cricket Good recorded her second assist of the season on the play.

The Clippers (3-3-2) dominated the first half with many short, connecting passes.

Amesbury’s CAL All-Star (Alli Napoli) was kept busy.

Alli Napoli reaches for a shot in traffic

Alyssa Pettet (7th goal) tied the score in the second half

Amesbury had several quality chances. Almost every time the Indians were able to get the ball into the possession of Holy Cross commit Alyssa Pettet, danger loomed for the Clippers.  Alyssa (AHS junior) has the skills to create her own space and can reach the net from long range.  She already has six goals.  Alyssa put several shots on net that tested Newburyport GK Anneliese Truesdale.

That the final score was a low score is no surprise considering the history between the two schools.  Last year was a 1-1 tie.  The year before it was Amesbury 1-0.  The two previous years were 1-0 wins for the Clippers.

Amesbury coach Adam Thibodeau: “Alyssa Pettet tied the score in the second half off a throw in.  Her shot was a long one about 30-35 feet and it was tucked under the bar.”

This was Alyssa’s 7th goal of the season.  Junior Sammy Pustizzi had the assist on the score.

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Cricket Good defended by Ashlee Porcaro

Goal kick (Meg McElaney)

Liberty Palermino

Cricket Good and Gracie Doherty

Clippers celebrate Olivia Coletti’s goal

Lily O’Neill and Molly Elmore

Norah McElhinney

Sammy Pustizzi and Mary Kate McElaney face a direct kick.

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Newburyport plays “best game” defeating North Reading 4-0

An afternoon of happy faces for Newburyport as they shut out North Reading

Cricket Good had two second-half goals for Clippers

(Newburyport MA) The Newburyport Clippers girls soccer team looked awfully good this afternoon.

Maybe it was the pre-game talk.

“We talked before the game about how big this one was,” explained senior Molly Elmore.  “We wanted to turn our season around and have a winning season.”

“It was our best game of the season,” said NHS coach Kevin Sheridan.  “Things clicked today.  I’m really proud of them.”

The Clippers tallied two goals in each half.

Newburyport (3-3-1) missed the tournament last year (7-8-1) after a run of very successful seasons.

The losses for the Clippers this season have been to Masco, Pentucket, and Lynnfield.  There will be second chances against those teams and today’s impressive performance by the home team may help the second time around.

North Reading (2-2-3) has now lost five of their last six tries against Newburyport.

Battle for possession

“They outplayed us in the first half and got those two goals,” added Hornets coach Sean Killeen post-game.  “In the last ten minutes of the game we pushed forward trying to get a goal back.”

Instead of getting a goal and closing to within one goal, the shorthanded NR defense gave up two goals to senior Cricket Good in the final six minutes.

A lot of the team’s success had to do with passing and positioning, according to Coach Sheridan: “They stayed connected and always had someone available to pass to.  We got into the right position which makes things calm and organized.”

That good passing factored into all four of the Newburyport scores.

Reserves Vilde Stoeveld and Liberty Palermino combined nicely on the first goal (21:29).  Vilde dribbled down the right side and drew North Reading GK Julia Thorstad to the near post.  Vilde passed across to the front of the goal where teammate Liberty was uncovered with an open net to shoot at.  1-0 Newburyport.

Meaghan O’Leary

At 9:18 senior Meaghan O’Leary dropped a corner kick from the left to an uncovered Molly Elmore in the box. Molly redirected the kick on the fly. Newburyport 2-0.

“I was perfectly set up by Meaghan,” said Molly.  “It was an unbelievable kick.  She can put them right in the perfect place in the box.”

The Hornets, like the Clippers, had an off season (4-10-4) last year after a string of winning seasons.  They have ties this season with Lynnfield, Pentucket, and Amesbury.  They are a good team.

North Reading was better in the second half of today’s game, but it wasn’t enough on this day.

“That’s how it went today,” said Coach Killeen.  “We’ll see them in North Reading in a couple of weeks.”

Cricket Good’s two goals in the last six minutes of the second half were assisted by freshman Deidre McElhinney.  “She put the ball right on my feet.”

One the first goal Cricket (St. Anselm’s commit) was going down as she shot.  On the second one Deidre fed her into open space with only the goalie to deal with.

Liberty Palermino (4) converts a pass from Vilde Sjoeveld

“There were some great passes in the offensive third today,” said Coach Sheridan.

Katelyn Gallagher and Sophia Galuppo (15)

Cricket Good: “This was our biggest game of the season and we knew that going into it.  The outcome will help us with our confidence.  We really showed up well.”

Molly Elmore: “We’re a deep team.  It’s nice to see everyone getting a lot of time.  We stress working together and playing for each other.  I think that everyone had their best game today.”

Temperatures in the 70’s with plenty of sun on this Friday afternoon at Stehlin Field.  A football game (Newburyport/Ipswich) was scheduled to follow on the same field at 7PM.

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

Alyssa Prusik

Anna Affolter (21) and Emily Davis (5)

Caitlyn Rooney and Kaitlyn Copelas

Clippers GK Anneliese Truesdale eyes a shooter

Elizabeth Janasiewicz and Kelsey Soule

Kelsey Soule sent flying

Loose ball in Hornets’ territory

Loose ball in front of the North Reading net

Maddy DiNapoli and Anna Affolter

Olivia Sullivan

Sammy Cavanaugh and Kiley McCarthy

Scoring chance Norah McElhinney with Katelyn Gorgenyi (11) defending

 

 

 

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