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Winchester starts fast and wins D2 North title 3-1 over Danvers

Winchester captains Delaney Markham, Augusta Burhans, Grace Casey, and Shelley Blusack with D2 North trophy

Winchester celebrated two goals in the first three minutes

(Lynn MA) It figured to be a close match.

#4 Danvers was the defending D2 state champ while #2 Winchester had lost only once.

But it didn’t turn out that way.

The Warriors (21-1) jumped on the Falcons (18-3-1) from the get-go with two goals in the first three minutes and another one in the first half.

Danvers would get a second-half PK score, but Winchester had separation early and took the D2 North title, 3-1, on Monday afternoon at Manning Field in Lynn.

The Warriors will vie for the D2 state title on Saturday (12:30PM) against Hopkinton at Xaverian High School.

“It was a dream start,” said Winchester coach Rick Emanuel post-game.  “We wanted to establish our style of play which is an attacking style of play.  We wanted to go out as quickly as we can and luckily a couple of our early shots went in.”

Winchester poured into the Danvers end on their first possession.  Ella Ross sent sophomore Ally Murphy deep into the Danvers end.  Ally was able to get almost on top of the Danvers GK before releasing a shot past her.  That took all of thirty-seven seconds!

Ally Murphy (15) scores the first Winchester goal

“When a goal happens there’s usually another one coming soon,” said Danvers coach Jim Hinchion.  “We hoped it would be us, but it wasn’t.”

Instead it was Winchester’s Hannah Curtin running the right side, turning the corner and driving in the second goal only ninety-four seconds after the first one.

“We definitely weren’t expecting to be able to score that quickly,” said Hannah Curtin afterwards.

“We felt that we would have opportunities wide,” said Coach Emanuel.

Lauren Clement shoots

The Falcons called timeout after the second goal.  They began to apply pressure.  “At no point did we think this game was out of reach for Danvers,” added Coach Emanuel.  “They are a strong, fast, skilled team that could get those goals.  I saw them do it against Masco.”

Lauren Clement, Arianna Bezanson, and Madison Capezzuto had shots on net for the Falcons during their attempts to get back into the game.

But then the D2 Player-of-the-Year (Hannah Curtin) went to work.  With exceptional speed and dribbling skills, she got past two defenders and drew the attention of other Falcons.  The extra defenders dealing with Hannah left space in the middle unoccupied.  That’s when Hannah sent a pass across the goal that teammate Jordan Weinberg was ready for at the far post.

“I turned away from the second defender,” recalled Hannah, “and crossed it to the second six.  Jordan (Weinberg) was there to finish.”

Jordan Weinberg (5) scores the 3rd Winchester goal

The third goal happened at 18:21.

Hannah Curtin and Abbi Clickstein

“We knew that they loved to go to 24 (Hannah Curtin),” said Coach Hinchion. “She’s the player-of-the-year.  When she brings it down the sideline it can open things up in the middle.  You talk about not losing sight of those marks but you’re also trying to see what 24 will do with the ball.”

The three-goal lead made life easier for the Winchester defense. “Having the lead lessens the nerves a little bit,” explained defender Hannah Markham.  “You play with a little more composure.”

“They were a really fast team, so we needed to get to the ball first,” added Hannah.  “There wasn’t a lot of time to dribble out of the back.  We kind of had to play kick-and-run but our forwards are really fast so it works.”

The Falcons trailed 3-0 at the half.

“We’ve been down before and come back but against a team like Winchester that defends so well, it was a lot to ask,” explained Coach Hinchion.

Danvers had several chances early in the second half.  On one of them, Riley DiGilio made a nice run down the left side.  On another, a corner kick ended up on the ground in the box, but Jessica Pelletier couldn’t get a foot on it.

At 22:18 Hannah Markham was whistled for knocking down a Falcon in the box.  Riley Baker converted the penalty kick.

Riley Baker penalty kick

“I didn’t think it was a penalty,” explained Hannah.  “The girl literally hit my body and fell.”

Hannah Markham

There was time for the Falcons but the Winchester defense, including Hannah Markham, used more long clearances to wear down Danvers and limit their time to attack.

The win by Winchester avenges a 1-0 loss to Danvers in last season’s D2 North title game.  “We never really talked about last year,” said Coach Emanuel.

Hannah Markham confessed that she was “still a little bitter over last year’s loss.”

Winchester is from the Middlesex League while Danvers is in the Northeastern Conference.

Danvers is 38-5-2 over the last two seasons.

Winchester, with one game to play, is 38-3-2.

We’re talking about two awfully good programs!

Winchester has now won eighteen straight games.  Only loss?  Notre Dame of Hingham.

Hannah Curtin (24) looks and dribbles

When asked about Hannah Curtin’s play today, Coach Emanuel answered the question with a question, “How about Hannah Curtin today and all season?”

“Hannah has been an important part of our success,” he added, “but she would be the first to tell you that she doesn’t do it alone.”

I take plenty of soccer pictures hoping to find action and the ball.  Usually when players are dribbling, they have their heads down.  In this game I caught Hannah dribbling and at the same time looking toward the middle for teammates to pass to.  Just a sophomore!

College plans? Hannah Markham: “I am going to go to Trinity (Hartford Ct) to play soccer.  I will probably major in business.”

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Action around the Winchester goal

Ally Murphy scored the first Winchester goal

Danvers captains Jessica Pelletier, Lauren Clement, Madison Pesce, Erica Blanch, and Riley Baker with the D2 North finalist trophy

Georgia Lawrence

Hannah Curtin (24) speeds into space

Madison Pesce

Riley Baker (19) avoids Augusta Burhans (17)

Riley DiGilio shoots

Winchester team with trophy

Jordan Weinberg

Loose ball in the box

 

 

 

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Masconomet uses home-field advantage to oust Winchester 4-1 in D2 North q’finals

Matt Dzwil and Aedan Salvador realize that the first goal has just been scored

Joe Clark slides down and Josh Rubin (44) keeps going

(Boxford MA) Slip, sliding away.

Plenty of bad footing for both teams at Masco this rainy/sloshy afternoon but the Chieftains were used to it.

In fact, the #2 seed in Division 2 North chose to play on their grass field when they could have opted for a turf location.

Visiting Winchester was slow to acclimate to the uncertain surface and fell, 4-1, on Tuesday afternoon in the D2 North quarterfinals.

Winchester GK Francisco Lara saves in traffic

Matt Dzwil, Josh Rubin, Harry Kessel, and Matt O’Brien scored for Masconomet.  Aras Kaya tallied for Winchester.

Masco will now face #3 Concord-Carlisle on Friday night (6PM) at Woburn High School.

“Masco is very, very good,” said Sachems coach Vin Musto afterwards.  “They don’t have any holes.  We knew it would be a tough battle.”

The conditions, rain and mud, certainly affected Winchester.  “It was a tough place for us to play,” Coach Musto added.  “We like to keep the ball on the ground, possess, and connect passes.”

The Chieftains had two goals in the first half as Winchester tried to navigate through the worst of the field’s mud down the other end.

Harry Warshafsky (10) heads against James Kingston (7)

“We weren’t affected by the conditions and they were a bit,” explained Masco coach Jared Scarpaci.  “We capitalized because you can move the ball in this if you’re not afraid of it.  They were a little cautious.”

The Sachems (11-6-3) were a different team in the second half.  “We started to use the wings more because Masco is huge in the middle,” said Coach Musto.  “We attacked the wings.  We got behind them, and we had our chances.  We just didn’t capitalize.”

Credit Masco goalie Zach Rock. Three times in the final fifteen minutes of the second half the Sachems had golden chances.  “We had them on the ropes,” said Coach Musto.

Defender Harry Warshafsky: “Zach has been strong for us all year.  Our starting goalie (Mike Duest) went down with a concussion earlier in the year.  Zach stepped up and has been great.  He did the same thing last year in the states.  He continues to amaze us every day.”

Both teams had good chances to score.  “We play a formation that gives a lot of offense,” explained Coach Scarpaci.  “But at times we sacrifice some defense which can be risky.  Today it worked in our favor.”

Matt Dzwil scored first eighteen minutes into the game.  Josh Rubin had a corner kick and the ball caromed back to him.  He avoided one defender and put a high shot at the far post.  Both Matt Dzwil and teammate Aedan Salvador were on that post, but it was Matt doing the finishing.

Josh Rubin (44) lines up a shot as Will Rappole (5) comes to defend

Eleven minutes later Josh Rubin was in the box with several teammates during a throw in.  “We crashed the net and I was in the right place at the right time to put it in,” said Josh describing his part in Masco’s second goal.

Winchester called a timeout and I heard Coach Musto yell, “They don’t get a third goal!”  The team got the message.

The Sachems made adjustments at halftime that made them more of a threat to score.

“We felt in the second half that a third goal was going to be needed to stun the momentum if they got a first one,” said Coach Scarpaci.

Senior Harry Kessel took care of that.

Aedan Salvador found Harry to his left uncovered and set him up for a good look twelve minutes into the second half.  Harry’s goal put the Chieftains ahead 3-0.

Harry Kessel (7) shoots past Nate MacDonald notching Masco’s 3rd goal

Six minutes later the team from the Middlesex League got a goal.  It came off a direct kick by Will Hofheinz.  Aras Kaya turned that DK into a quick shot to the near side.

The next ten minutes Winchester knocked at the scoring door several times but GK Zach Rock kept them off the scoreboard.

“Zach had two that should have been goals,” said Coach Scarpaci.  “A good goalie has to make one or two saves like that to keep you alive and in it.  Zach did that today for us.”

Josh Rubin: “Zach saved us for sure.  One of their chances was a breakaway.”

Masco’s 4th goal, scored in the last minute, fortunately didn’t decide the game.  Matt O’Brien sent a 35-yard shot toward Winchester GK Francisco Lara.  Looked harmless enough.  Francisco came out to catch it on the fly and was victimized by the footing.  Down he went, and Matt’s shot sailed into the net.

Matt O’Brien shoots

Francisco Lara slips and a harmless shot goes in

Masco goalie Zach Rock at halftime

Masconomet (17-2-2) is undefeated in their last seventeen games.  They haven’t lost since September 12th.  One of the teams they lost to (North Andover) is the #1 seed in D2 North.  Those two could meet in the D2 North finals next Monday.

The numbers don’t lie.  Masco has a very good soccer program.  Since 2012, the team from Boxford is 113-16-9.

Winchester lost to Masco in the D2 North semifinals in 2016.

College plans?

Josh Rubin: “I have applied for early-decision to Colby.  I would like to play soccer there. I am really interested in doing something related to math.”

Harry Warshafsky: “I am not planning on playing soccer in college.  I am interested in business.  I have taken some business classes here at Masco and loved them.  I am interested in attending Syracuse, UMass, or possibly George Washington where my sister goes.”

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Aedan Salvador (11) about to set up teammate Harry Kessel (7)

Aras Kaya (17) scored for Winchester

Coach Jared Scarpaci

Devin Ralph (6) turns the corner

Harry Kessel (7) celebrates goal with Aedan Salvador and Josh Rubin

John DeOliveira

Josh Rubin (44) leaps to avoid the sliding tackle of Sony Bizure (11)

Loose ball in the box

Masco captains – Josh Rubin, Matt Dzwil, Connor Fitzgerald

Nate MacDonald (4) between Matt O’Brien (12) and Aedan Salvador (11)

Pressure in the Masco end

Masco mud

 

 

 

 

 

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Winchester runs its shutout streak to three games defeating Newburyport 2-0 in Division 2 North softball

Rory Connolly beating out a bunt in the first inning. She would later score the first Winchester run on an Emma Morton double.

Winchester celebrates a trip to the D2 North finals

(Lowell)  The Winchester Sachems added seven more shutout innings to their 2012 post-season run as they defeated Newburyport, 2-0, on overcast Thursday night at Martin Field in the Division 2 North semi-finals.

Winchester (16-5) will get either Dracut or Danvers on Sunday afternoon at Martin Field for the D2 North title.

The Sachems have shut out all three opponents in the D2 tournament and it was easy to see during four hitless innings that sophomore pitcher Rachel Smith was part of the reason.  Rachel recorded five of her six strikeouts in the first four innings.

Winchester jumped off to a 1-0 lead in the first.  Rory Connolly led off with a bunt single and reached third after a sacrifice bunt (Anne DeRosa) and a fielder’s choice (Rachel Smith).  Junior Emma Morton ripped a double to right center scoring Rory.

Newburyport (13-10) from the Cape Ann League came to life in the final three innings.  All four of their hits came during that segment and they stranded six runners.

Julia Staffiere – her triple drove in a run in the fifth

During the fifth inning Winchester added a second run.  Maddie Lepore reached on a flair behind first with no outs.  Andrea Cantalupa came on as a courtesy runner for Maddie.  Julia Staffiere delivered Andrea with a hot shot over the third base bag that rolled all the way to the left field corner for a triple.  Julia’s RBI gave the #7 seeded Sachems a 2-0 lead heading into the final two innings.

That lead would be severely threatened by the Clippers in the final two frames.

Newburyport (#14 seed) loaded the bases in the sixth.  Singles by Kendra Dow and Lea Tomasz were followed by Rachel Smith’s bobble of a Carley Siemasko grounder with two outs.  Rachel recovered from the error to retire Beth Castantini on a routine fly ball to center to end the bases-loaded threat.

The Clippers took another run at the Sachems in the seventh.  Newburyport had two loud outs (Maddy Stanton liner to center & Casey Barlow’s shot that shortstop Catherine Pitts speared) as well as a walk (Vicky Allman) and a single (Jackie Krusemark).  But again Winchester escaped being scored on as Kendra Dow grounded out to second to end the game.

Molly Rowe and Beth Castantini

Beth Castantini had a strong outing in her final endeavor as a Newburyport Clipper allowing only five hits.  She also struck out five Sachems and walked no one.

Catcher Emma Morton stroked two doubles and had several long-distance foul balls for the team from the Middlesex League.

Kendra Dow hurt her leg lunging for first on the last out of the Clipper season.

Clipper catcher Lauren Singer made a nice catch of a foul pop in the fourth inning.

Maddie Lepore saves a run with this two-out catch in the third inning.

Maddie Lepore jumped to make a run-saving catch in right field in the third inning.  Casey Barlow was on second for the Clippers at the time after reaching on shortstop Catherine Pitts’ two-base throwing error.

The weather?  Downpour an hour before game time delayed the ending of the Mystic Valley/Matignon game.  By the time the Clipper/Sachem game started the rain had stopped but threatening clouds had me wondering when the next deluge would drop.  But thankfully, the rain stayed away.

Winchester box score

Newburyport box score

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Emma Morton – two doubles and an RBI

Anne DeRosa tosses to first for the final out of the game

Lauren Singer corrals a popup

Rachel Smith – four-hitter with six strikeouts

season-ending walkoff

watching the action

Kendra Dow and Lea Tomasz

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