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Olivia Olson (20 points) leads Newburyport past Amesbury 50-48

Olivia Olson and Morgan Johnson surround Emily Pettigrew after her game-winner

Olivia Olson and Morgan Johnson surround Emily Pettigrew after her game-winner

 

Olivia Olson - 20 points and strong defense

Olivia Olson – 20 points and strong defense

(Newburyport MA) It was one of those nights for Newburyport sophomore Olivia Olson.

Olivia paced the Clippers (2-5) with twenty points but her biggest shot of the night was a complete miss that set up the game-winner in Newburyport’s 50-48, win over Amesbury on Monday night.

Olivia’s late-in-the-game launch was undershot but came right to teammate Emily Pettigrew (11 points) under the basket.  Emily, who struggled all game to get open, was wide open on this occasion and cashed the last-second layup to seal the deal for the Clippers.

Amesbury (3-3) had rallied in the last minute on inside scores by Abbie Sartori and McKenzie Cloutier to knot things at 48-48 before Newburyport’s last-second heart breaker.

The Indians were down by as many as eight (23-15) in the first half but miscues by the Clippers in the 3rd quarter (eight turnovers) opened the comeback door for the visitors.  Maddie Napoli’s fall-away 3-pointer put Amesbury ahead, 30-28, with 2 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.  Newburyport (2-5) responded with seven unanswered points.  Amesbury tied the score at 43 (converted rebound by Megan Reid) and later at 48 with seventeen seconds left.

Amanda Martin defended by Olivia Olson

Amanda Martin defended by Olivia Olson

Olivia Olson hit five 3’s getting at least one in each quarter.  Her work defending the Indians’ top scorer Amanda Martin was also noteworthy.  Olivia limited the Cape Ann League second-teamer to seven free throws.  Amanda did miss a number of minutes in the second half because of foul trouble.

The Indians’ zone defense was very effective in keeping the ball away from 6′ Emily Pettigrew (CAL first team).  Amesbury’s concentration on the inside opened opportunities on the outside and on this night Olivia Olson took full advantage.

Emily’s layin in the last second won the game but she also had a three from the right corner (set up by Michaela Corvi) that put NHS in front by four with 1 1/2 minutes to go.

Newburyport missed eight free throws (10-for-18) while Amesbury missed only four (14-18).

Maddie Napoli (16 points) guarded by Krysta Padellaro

Maddie Napoli (16 points) guarded by Krysta Padellaro

Sophomore Maddie Napoli (16 points) impressed at point guard for Amesbury.  The Indians had only five turnovers in the second half. Maddie hit two 3’s and made several difficult layups in the lane.

Newburyport travels to Everett on Wednesday night.  Next for Amesbury is an away game versus Pentucket on Friday night.

No one seemed to know when the last time was that Amesbury defeated Newburyport.  Believe me; they nearly pulled it off in this game!

Newburyport box

Amesbury box

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Amanda Martin

Amanda Martin

Newburyport defense

Newburyport defense

Zoe Fitzgerald and Julia LaMontagne surround Emily Pettigrew

Zoe Fitzgerald and Julia LaMontagne surround Emily Pettigrew

McKenzie Cloutier gets a rebound

McKenzie Cloutier gets a rebound

Abbie Sartori (32) and Emily Pettigrew (10)

Abbie Sartori (32) and Emily Pettigrew (10)

scramble on the floor

scramble on the floor

Morgan Johnston (12) blocks a shot

Morgan Johnston (12) blocks a shot

 

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Win and tie in Amesbury/Ipswich outdoor boys/girls track meet

Michaela Hedderman wins the 100.  The IHS sophomore also won the 200.

Michaela Hedderman wins the 100. The IHS sophomore also won the 200.

(Ipswich)  How often are their ties in outdoor track meets?  I suspect that the odds are high but that was how the girls’ part of the Amesbury/Ipswich event ended – 72 1/2 points each on Friday afternoon.

The Ipswich boys won, 80-62.

Weather conditions?  Brutal.  Constant wind with temps generously estimated in the low 40’s.  Plenty of shivering participants on hand.  Veteran spectators were dressed for snow.

Below is a collection of pictures from the event which will enlarge if you click on them:

Isabel Prussman high jumps

Isabel Prussman high jumps

Devin Smith high jumps

Devin Smith high jumps

Michael Riddles wins one mile and two mile races

Michael Riddles wins one mile and two mile races

Michaela Hedderman long jumps

Michaela Hedderman long jumps

Amanda Martin tries to keep warm

Amanda Martin tries to keep warm

Isabel Prussman readies for the long jump

Isabel Prussman readies for the long jump

Nora McMorrow wins the pole vault competition

Nora McMorrow wins the pole vault competition

Pat Halloran captures 400 hurdles

Pat Halloran captures 400 hurdles

Hailee Gibadlo cruises in 2 mile

Hailee Gibadlo cruises in 2 mile

James Stone gets 400

James Stone gets 400

Amanda Martin is winner in 400

Amanda Martin is winner in 400

Ryan White was high jump winner

Ryan White was high jump winner

Julia Shorter gets first in mile run

Julia Shorter gets first in mile run

Alex Jean-Charles takes 100

Alex Jean-Charles takes 100

Amesbury pole vaulter

Amesbury pole vaulter

Matt Jaeger (he won triple jump) in the long jump

Matt Jaeger (he won triple jump) in the long jump

Jill Calvani takes 400 hurdles

Jill Calvani takes 400 hurdles

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Ipswich girls take opener over Amesbury 38-33

McKenzie Cloutier (23) tries to stop driving Abby McCarthy

McKenzie Cloutier (23) tries to stop driving Abby McCarthy

Ipswich coach Dot Stanley nears first win

Ipswich coach Dot Stanley nears first win

(Ipswich MA) The new-look Ipswich girls’ basketball team opened with a, 38-33, win over Amesbury on Friday night in their Cape Ann League openers.

The Tigers (1-0) have a new coach (Dot Stanley) and plenty of inexperienced players.  Graduated are Brigid O’Flynn and Julia Davis.  Transferred to private schools are Masey Zegarowski and Caroline Soucy.  Those four girls were major parts of the 19-4 Tigers of 2012-13.

But on this night the new kids in the Tiger Den had enough to hold off Amesbury.  The Indians (0-1) were within two (34-32) with less than two minutes left but couldn’t get shots to fall in crunch time.

The key to the Ipswich victory was their willingness to take the ball to the basket.  Their aggressiveness turned up a ton of free throws (34) and also eliminated the Indians’ Amanda Martin during crunch time with five fouls.

Junior Abby McCarthy paced Ipswich with eleven points and was able to get to the free throw line thirteen times.

Amanda Martin (11 points) takes a shot

Amanda Martin (11 points) takes a shot

Junior Amanda Martin led Amesbury with eleven points and also had several steals.

Amesbury was 10-11 last season and qualified for the state tournament.

In this opener the Indians got a three from Amanda Martin in the first 1 1/2 minutes and then scored just one point over the next nine minutes.  Ipswich took advantage of the scoring drought, as well as eleven Amesbury turnovers, and built up a 14-4 lead early in the second quarter.

The Ipswich still led, 17-8 with two minutes to go in the second period after a Jenna Gagnon steal and layin.

But Amesbury dominated the rest of the quarter.  Steals by Amanda Martin (2) and freshman Madison Napoli all led to scores and the Indians only trailed, 17-16, at the half.

The visitors actually got the lead early in the third period but the Ipswich persistence in going to the rim made the difference the rest of the way.

Freshman Kelsey Daly drives past Abigail Sartori

Freshman Kelsey Daly drives past Abigail Sartori

Amesbury made more baskets (6) than Ipswich (3) in the second half but not free throws.  The Tigers canned thirteen while Amesbury connected on five.

There were plenty of turnovers by both teams in this game.  Most of them came on ill-advised passes in the front court.

In the first half Ipswich used the give-and-go a number of times to get good looks.

Free throw shooting for both teams should improve……….it needs to!  The Tigers missed 15 while making 19.  The Indians missed 8 while making 6.

Both teams return to action Tuesday night (6:30PM).  Ipswich hosts Rockport while Amesbury hosts Manchester-Essex.

Ipswich boxscore

Amesbury boxscore

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Jenna Gagnon shoots as Courtney Borkowski defends

Jenna Gagnon shoots as Courtney Borkowski defends

Amanda Martin

Amanda Martin

Abby McCarthy (11 points)

Abby McCarthy (11 points)

pile up

pile up

loose ball

loose ball

Maddi Hill breaks away

Maddi Hill breaks away

Jordan Morrissey defends Abigail Sartori

Jordan Morrissey defends Abigail Sartori

opening tip

opening tip

Madison Napoli breaks away from Jackie Gagnon

Madison Napoli breaks away from Jackie Gagnon

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Ipswich defeats Amesbury 2-1 in Cape Ann League girls soccer

Devin Smith about to kick game winner as freshman Molly Lynch (19) tries to catch up

Devin Smith about to kick game winner as freshman Molly Lynch (19) tries to catch up

Amanda Martin (12) and Katie Monahan (18) battle

Amanda Martin (12) and Katie Monahan (18) battle

(Amesbury MA) If the Ipswich girls soccer team scores at least a goal in a game, they have come away with points this season.

That formula held true once again as the Tigers defeated the Amesbury Indians, 2-1, on a splendid holiday morning contest at Cashman Elementary School in Cape Ann League action.

Ipswich (6-3-5) has not scored many goals (twenty-one) but they had made them count because their defense has been solid.

Ipswich senior Devin Smith collected the game-winner in the second half just three minutes after Jill Hadwen had tied the score for the home team.

Amesbury (4-8-1) is clearly in a rebuilding year after graduating eight starters off the 2012 squad that went 16-1-2.

Sarah Wallis (21) in close

Sarah Wallis (21) in close

Ipswich, on the other hand, has plenty of experienced players in place from 2012’s 11-5-7 team.

With the win over Amesbury, the Tigers now have 17 points and are closing in on qualifying for the state tournament (they’ve done it 4 straight seasons) with four games left.

The Tigers had the territorial edge in this one in my opinion.  They were at their best in the middle of the field and forced Amesbury to use the outside lanes to get deep into the Ipswich end.

Cape Ann League All-Star Katie Monahan was part of most of the Ipswich threats.  Her corner kick in the first half set up teammate Emily Evans for the first Tigers’ goal.  In the second half, she was part of some Ipswich pressure deep in the Amesbury end that forced a turnover and led indirectly to Devin Smith’s game winner.

In the season opener (September 3rd) for both Ipswich and Amesbury, Katie tallied the winning goal in a 2-1 victory.  Let’s just say that the Indians won’t miss having her around!

The first Ipswich goal came off a corner kick twenty minutes into the first half.  The field at Cashman is definitely narrow so corner kicks can end up where trouble lurks for defenders, especially the goalie.

Katie Monahan’s CK went off the hands of Amesbury sophomore goalie Zoe Fitzgerald and into an area where several Tigers, including senior Emily Evans, were positioned.  Emily put the loose ball into the net.

Ipswich corner kick sails over AHS goalie Zoe Fitzgerald

Ipswich corner kick sails over AHS goalie Zoe Fitzgerald

Emily Evans (2) celebrates her goal

Emily Evans (2) celebrates her goal

Ipswich led 1-0 at the half and because of the positional domination I thought they would get the next goal.  But it didn’t work that way.

Two minutes after a very dangerous second-half Ipswich scoring chance (Emily Evans headed a CK by Maria Balzer over the net), Amesbury’s Hayley Tagliente was fouled setting up a direct kick.

Senior Kelly DiFazio took the direct kick and put it on net.  Ipswich GK Hannah Lynch and Amanda Martin collided as the ball reached the front of the net and a juicy rebound dropped to the ground.  Junior Jill Hadwen, who never stopped running toward the net,  collected the loose ball and drove it into the net to tie the score.

Jill Hadwen (14) never stops running and it will pay off in a goal

Jill Hadwen (14) never stops running and it will pay off in a goal

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So after twenty-six minutes of the second half the score was tied.  I started to think that maybe Amesbury might break its four-game losing streak.  Wrong again.

Ipswich got Amesbury trapped in their own end three minutes later.  The Indians had been successful most of the time in keeping the Tigers out of the middle………but not this time.

Kelly DiFazio (7) runs with Devin Smith (12)

Kelly DiFazio (7) runs with Devin Smith (12)

Senior Devin Smith intercepted a pass and broke in clean from the left.  Devin had AHS goalie Zoe Fitzgerald at her mercy and blasted a shot into the left side of the net with eleven minutes to go.

There were no “nearly scored” for either team the rest of the way and the Tigers left with a 2-1 win.

Ipswich next will travel to Rockport on Wednesday for a 7PM game.  They tied the Vikings 0-0 last time.

Amesbury visits winless Manchester-Essex on Wednesday night (7:15PM).

I was impressed with the play of Amanda Martin and Kelly DiFazio of the Indians.  Amanda was all over the field looking comfortable at either end.  The junior had four goals in a game this season.

Kelly is an important defender for Amesbury.  She plays with confidence and is not afraid to pull the ball back from a rushing attacker.  The senior had the assist on the Amesbury goal.

corner kick

corner kick

Junior JoAnna Perry of Ipswich caught my eye too.  She’s not tall but she wasn’t shy about getting into the middle of things.  She was a good passer and she also had the skills to pull the ball away from attackers.

The weather was simply stunning with plenty of October sun.  Good turnout of friends and family, many still talking about the day before in which both the Patriots and Red Sox served up terrific memories.

Ipswich is 50-24-25 over the last 4+ seasons.

The Tigers have given up only 11 goals (four to Newburyport) in their fourteen games.  The Indians have surrendered 34 goals during thirteen games.

Tigers goalie Hannah Lynch saved a penalty kick in the 2-1 win over the Indians in September.

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ball rolls to AHS goalie Zoe Fitzgerald

ball rolls to AHS goalie Zoe Fitzgerald

Jill Hadwen

Jill Hadwen

Emily Evans

Emily Evans

ball in the middle

ball in the middle

Katie Monahan corner kick

Katie Monahan corner kick

Kelly DiFazio

Kelly DiFazio

Katie Monahan and Amanda Martin

Katie Monahan and Amanda Martin

 

 

 

 

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Amesbury defeats Lynnfield 2-0 to stay undefeated in girls soccer

Hannah Zannini takes a shot. The AHS senior scored both goals for the undefeated Indians.

Janine Fatal takes one of her five hard shots.

(Amesbury)  The undefeated Amesbury Indians played without the Cape Ann League’s top scorer (Megan Cullen) and faced a desperate opponent.

Neither mattered as the Amesbury girls soccer team defeated Lynnfield, 2-0, at Cashman School on a sunny/windy Monday afternoon.

Amesbury (13-0-2) have won seven straight since their tie with Hamilton-Wenham on October 1st.

Megan Cullen (17 goals/9 assists) warmed up but did not play.  Maybe her absence has something to do with the fact that Amesbury has a spot in the tournament and already owns the CAL Division 2 title.

The Indians have two regular season games left – Tuesday (Georgetown) and Thursday (Rockport).  You have to like the Indians chances of going undefeated.  They have already defeated the Royals (5-0) and the Vikings (8-2).

Lynnfield (5-7-4) will now need to win their last two games (Rockport & Ipswich) to make the tournament.

The Pioneers’ desperation made this game of interest plus the fact that on September 19th Lynnfield had narrowly lost to Amesbury, 3-2.  But in this one, the home team never let the visitors mount much of an attack.

With Megan sidelined, teammate Hannah Zannini cashed two goals (her 14th and 15th) in the first nineteen minutes of play and that was all that Amesbury needed.

Loose ball in front after a Lynnfield corner kick.

Amesbury had seventeen other shots in the direction of the Lynnfield goal. Lynnfield had a shot off of a corner kick in the first half and a flurry of several shots in the second half.  Paige MacEachern had a strong bid for Lynnfield in the second half but AHS goalie Sarah Abraham finished with her fifth shutout.

Hannah’s first goal (I saw it from the other end!) was set up by Natalie Dawes.  Hannah got in close on the right side.

The second scoring shot was from straight away and it zipped over the left shoulder of LHS goalie Hannah Travers.

Amanda Martin (12) tries to get past Ali Johnson (5).

After watching Amesbury play a good opponent for eighty minutes it’s easy to see why they have been so good this season.
(1) First of all, they rarely turn the ball over.  If an opponent rushed at them they used the, “Lucy-Charlie-Brown-football-trick.”  They would pull the ball back and let the opponent fly by.  Taylor Tagliente and Erin Leary are two of the best defenders you’ll see.
(2) Second is Janine Fatal at midfield.  The AHS senior had marvelous control in midfield traffic with speed and dribbling.  And you talk about a hard shot from long distance.  She had five of them in this game and fortunately for the Pioneers none of them were on target.
(3) Third is the overall team speed of Amesbury.  They seemed a half step faster then Lynnfield over most of the field.

Lynnfield’s positional defense was quite good after the two goals.  Even if players were beaten there were always teammates to help further down the field.  Trust me, Amesbury did not go into any defensive shell over the last sixty-one minutes of soccer.

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Hannah Zannini gets pregame advice

Dayle DiTullio clears for Lynnfield

Emily Martin (16) takes a shot

Amanda Martin (12) closes in on Lynnfield goalie Paige Ciavarro

Natalie Dawes gets in on Lynnfield goalie Hannah Travers.

Hannah Zannini tries to get the ball from Abby Petras (19)

Sam Filipe

AHS coach Cathy Berry at halftime

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North Andover Defeats Amesbury 3-1 in Girls Soccer

Liv Boudreau (#3) defended by Erin Leary (#13) in the first half.

(Amesbury) Sometimes a soccer game turns on a goal, other times it turns on a save.

North Andover goalkeeper Megan Collins denied a great scoring opportunity by Amesbury’s Hannah Zannini early (three minutes) in the second half and the Lady Knights (4-2-1) followed with three unanswered goals to defeat the Indians (3-1-1), 3-1, at Cashman Elementary School in Amesbury.

Hannah Zannini gets off a 2nd half shot as her teammates watch from the sidelines.

If Hannah’s hard shot doesn’t deflect off Megan’s hands AND the goal post, the Indians go up 2-0 and the outcome might have been different.

But the shot stayed out and five minutes later Amesbury goalie Sarah Abraham gave up a rebound in front to Pam Coufos and she tied the score, 1-1.

The visitors took the lead for good ten minutes later when a Alex Medlock cross from the right side found Jess Carney with an open look on the left side for the go-ahead, and what turned out to be, game winner.

North Andover’s final goal was set up on a pass from Tori Sullivan into the middle where Caroline Kirby had time and a clear view of the AHS goal.

Pam Coufos (#2) scored the Lady Knights first goal.

The lone Amesbury goal was by Hannah Zannini at the 28-minute mark of the first half.  Erin Leary sent Hannah on a long run down the middle of the field. Hannah got off a strong right-footed shot that beat the NA goalie in the upper right corner of the goal.

Whitney Whitlow (CAL All-League) hurt an ankle in the first half and played sparingly thereafter.  She had twelve goals and six assists in 2010.

Megan Cullen (CAL All-League) damaged her knee in the summer and is out for the season.  She had thirteen goals and nine assists in 2010.

Let’s just say that Amesbury had some weapons missing on offense.

But the Amesbury defense was together and they were tested by the quickness and persistence of CAL All-Leaguers Liv Boudreau and Pam Coufos among others.  NA ended up with eleven shots by my calculations. Amesbury had only allowed one goal through their first four games.

The two best players on the field may well have been NA defenders Rachel Barnes (CAL All-League) and Taylor Tagliente (CAL All-Star).  Rachel kept Indian threats out of the middle.  Taylor went down heavily early on but shook it off and covered a lot of ground for the Indians.  Taylor played every minute of every Amesbury game last year.

Audrey Samuelman (#9) and Rachel Barnes (back turned) defend in front of the North Andover net.

Amesbury’s next game is against Hamilton-Wenham on Thursday at home.

North Andover’s next game is home versus Pentucket.

The field was in fine condition.  The only problem was that the sun was a real factor down one end.  As luck would have it, I chose to stay at the other end and naturally all four goals were scored down the sunny end.

(I take my own pictures and collect my own stats.  My goal is to be accurate and fair.)

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Elly Theriault (#19), Taylor Tagliente (10) and Emily Martin (16)

Whitney Whitlow

Taylor Tagliente

Leah Chittick (#20) with Taylor Tagliente (#10) and Amanda Martin (#12)

Hannah Zannini defended by Deidre Martyn

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