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Georgetown beats Winthrop 2-0 and takes Division 4 North girls’ soccer title

Georgetown captains and Coach Colleen Gibbs with Division 4 North trophy

Georgetown captains and Coach Colleen Gibbs with Division 4 North trophy

Jen Migliaccio pops the ball over the onrushing goalie Poli Tsiotos

Jen Migliaccio pops the ball over the onrushing goalie Poli Tsiotos

(Lynn MA) Two second half goals gave the Georgetown girls soccer team all they needed to win the Division 4 North title defeating Winthrop on a cloudy/cold Sunday afternoon.

Senior Jen Migliaccio had an assist and a goal for the 11-5-6 Royals.  Jen was part of the 2011 team that also won the D4 North crown.

The Georgetown Royals girls’ soccer program has never won a state semi-finals game.  They’ll get the chance to correct that flaw in their history when they face South champ East Bridgewater on Wednesday night (5PM) at Manning Field.

East Bridgewater was the #1 seed in the South and sports an impressive 18-1-3 record.

Mollie Swanton chased by Holli Benson

Mollie Swanton chased by Holli Benson

Winthrop, out of the Northeast Conference, made the post-season tournament thanks to the Sullivan Rule.  But once in as the 16th seed, showed that they belonged bringing a six-game win streak to the title game with Georgetown.

The Vikings (10-10-2), however, were facing a team that had a winning record in the Cape Ann League and had a string going of three straight shutouts.

You knew something had to give and what did give, for a half, was runs to scoring position.  More passes were kicked out-of-bounds then connected to teammates on the field.

But one advantage that G’Town had, in my opinion, was speed.  Jen Killian, Cayla Durkee, and Mary Laut put game-long pressure on the Vikings’ defense with their speed.

Cayla Durkee moves in for a shot that produced the first Royals goal

Cayla Durkee moves in for a shot that produced the first Royals goal

That pressure paid off at 30:21 of the second half when junior Cayla Durkee took a pass from Jen Migliaccio and ran into space on her right.  Winthrop GK Poli Tsiotos stayed back in the net and Cayla was able to pick the left corner on the ground to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.

Four minutes later Poli made a remarkable save on a blast from straight away by Jen Killian.  I thought, at the time, that the save might be memorable if Winthrop came back to tie the score……..and they nearly did.

Senior GK Kaylie Sapienza ended up with a shutout but nearly was burned shortly after the big save by her counterpart.  How?  Amy Sena launched a high shot from the right at Kaylie.  It had the makings of a routine save but the ball went through the G’Town GK’s hands and right to the Vikings Holli Benson in close.  Holli shot quickly and the ball sailed over the top of the G’Town goal.  Very close to a tie game.

Junior Cayla Durkee

Junior Cayla Durkee

Royals’ coach Colleen Gibbs called both of her team’s goals, “smart goals.”  “Winthrop’s defense was very strong especially in the net,” said Coach Gibbs.  “Cayla couldn’t have placed that ball any better.”

Jen Migliaccio explained how she scored the second Georgetown goal.  “When I had the ball coming in (from the right) I wasn’t sure what the goalie would do.  If she stayed in net I’d go for the corner but she came out and I just popped it over her head.”

Jen’s goal gave the Royals a two-goal lead with 7:35 left.  The 4th straight shutout was preserved the rest of the way.

There was plenty of contact in this game.  Right away you could see that the Winthrop players were bigger than most of the Royals.  Many of the 50-50 balls ended up with someone on the ground.

I was very impressed with Amy Sena of Winthrop.  The senior was all over the field.  She may have taken at least ten throw-ins.

Nikki Tsiotos and Mary Laut tangle

Nikki Tsiotos and Mary Laut tangle

The hustle of GTown freshman Mary Laut was noticeable.  She had a bunch of runs down sidelines.  She was a big part of the pressure of speed on the Winthrop defense.

Georgetown had a win and a tie against North Division 3 champions Lynnfield in the Cape Ann League.

It I gave out “stars,” I would have given the #1 star to the Royals Jensena Moner.  The midfielder showed up in many of my pictures in different areas of the field.  Jensena was sent flying by several Vikings including one time onto the surrounding track.  Each time she got up, and played on often dribbling into openings or passing to teammates.

Both teams were smart enough to go to their locker rooms during halftime.  The rest of us had to spend ten chilling minutes coveting a warm place.

I saw Jen Migliaccio play on the 2011 Georgetown team.  At first sight I was sure that she had to be Nicoline Holland’s little sister.

(This blog is easily corrected so let me know if there is a miscue.)

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

Jen Migliaccio gets in close in the first half

Jen Migliaccio gets in close in the first half

Winthrop GK Poli Tsiotos

Winthrop GK Poli Tsiotos

Georgetown GK Kaylie Sapienza

Georgetown GK Kaylie Sapienza

Winthrop captains and Coach Tracey Martucci with runnerup trophy

Winthrop captains and Coach Tracey Martucci with runnerup trophy

Amy Sena

Amy Sena

Nicole Hogan

Nicole Hogan

Heidi Benson and Jensena Moner on the run

Heidi Benson and Jensena Moner on the run

Mackenzie Chiudini gets a yellow card

Mackenzie Chiudini gets a yellow card

Cayla Durkee near miss in first half

Cayla Durkee near miss in first half

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Georgetown Girls Soccer Team Tested by Triton 3-2

Ten Georgetown Royals are in the goal area trying to hold off Triton in the last minute of the game.

Kristin Hogan (20) defended by Ashley Ross (10) had a goal and an assist for the Royals.

(Byfield) The Triton girls soccer team lost, 3-2, to Georgetown on a nice Monday afternoon at the Central Street Athletic Field in Cape Ann League play.

This game was as close as the final score indicates and the talented Royals were fortunate that this one didn’t end in a tie or even worse.

And who could see such a competitive game coming?  Triton loses to Masconomet, 7-1, while Georgetown ties them.  Triton loses to Lynnfield, 7-0, while Georgetown beats the Pioneers, 4-1.  The Vikings had won only one game (Rockport 3-1) all season and had been outscored, 25-4, since then.  Do you get the picture??

Things were going just about as figured through thirty-nine of the first forty minutes.  The Royals had two goals and looked to be in command.  But a last-minute long shot from the right by Viking Mackenzie Snow sailed over G’town goalie Jamie Block’s head to give the Vikings a goal….and hope.

Mackenzie Snow (8) returns to midfield after a goal in the first half. She had two for the game.

I couldn’t help but overhear Georgetown coach Colleen Gibbs getting all over her team during halftime.  She wasn’t pleased with the concentration or effort.  I’m sure that the last minute goal was part of the frustration.

Second half Georgetown dominated early on.  Their passing was noteworthy in the midfield area.

Kristin Hogan registered a goal for the Royals five minutes into the second half with a left-footed shot after a run along the left sidelines nearly to the corner.  The shot went over Viking goalie Elizabeth Benoit’s head.

Down 3-1, you set yourself for more Royal goals but they never came.  There was pressure in the Triton end but the Royals didn’t have their finishing shoes on over the last thirty-five minutes.

Triton got the goal back at 23:10 after Mackenzie Snow advanced the ball down the right sideline and later put the finishing touch on from in close to make it 3-2.

Kristin Hogan had several good looks for Georgetown right after the Snow goal but the Triton defense held.

Over the last ten minutes the Vikings really put the pressure on Georgetown.  You started to wonder when they would tie the score not if.  I counted at least five Triton shots that all had a chance.  The picture at the top shows how frantic things got in the last minute.  I see nine Georgetown players in close to goalie Jamie Block with six Vikings in the area.  I also see the ball just going wide right as a Viking dives after it.

Nicole Holland (17) credited with two goals. Rachel Williamson (21) defends.

Close, very close, but at game’s end the Royals (7-2-4) had earned 2 points and qualified for the tournament while Triton (1-10-3) had yet another loss.

The Royals did not play badly.  There were lengthy segments in both halves where they put on a clinic of ball control with pass after pass.

Nicole Holland scored the first goal – left foot, left side – after a pass from Kristin Hogan at 14:25.

Nicole was credited with the second goal at 36:40.  The way I saw it, an Ashley Mueskes corner kick went over goalie Elizabeth Benoit’s head and deflected in off of teammate Ashley Ross.  Nicole was closest to where the ball was when it was inadvertently deflected in.

I thought the game was at Triton High School.  Wrong.  The boys soccer team was playing North Reading there.

The Central Street Athletic Fields have two soccer fields so both the varsity and JV games went on together.

Triton goalie Elizabeth Benoit was run into at least four times yet held on.

Kelly Chickering

Kelly Chickering was terrific…..as usual.  Her speed and ability to control the ball are eye-catching.  I try to imagine what she might be like in the attack zone.

A big advantage for Georgetown was the lengthy goal kicks by Jamie Block.  The distance is impressive as well as the height.

No one was on hand to chase balls going out of bounds.  The clock ran as players chased errant shots and passes.

Triton next game is tomorrow (Tuesday October 25th) at Ipswich at 6:30PM.

Georgetown gets Amesbury at Georgetown tomorrow (Tuesday October 25th) at 3:45PM.

(I take my own pictures and draw my own conclusions.  I own any mistakes.)  Clicking on a picture enlarges it to normal size.

Kristin Hogan (20) & goalie Elizabeth Benoit

Ashley Mueskes

Triton goalie Elizabeth Benoit

Jen Migliaccio (18) & Shannon Dube (2)

Jessica Bannon (19) & Ashley Federico (12)

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Georgetown Girls Are D3 North Soccer Champs

Georgetown trophy pose 11-15-09

Georgetown girls pose with D3 North soccer championship trophy at Manning Field

(Lynn) I didn’t see any hats fly out of the stands but Georgetown’s Nicoline Holland registered three goals – now 20 for the season – in the first half and the Royals soccer girls won the Division 3 North Finals on Sunday afternoon at Manning Field.

Last time I was on Manning Field was November 16, 2008 and it was raw and windy.  Today, it was close to 60 degrees with no wind – beautiful weather.  In that year-ago visit, I saw the Georgetown boys soccer team get eliminated in the D3 North finals by Hamilton-Wenham, 2-1.

It didn’t take long to see that the Georgetown girls would not suffer the same fate versus the Greater Lowell Tech Gryphons.  Way too many quality players on the Georgetown team.  The Royals put numerous passes together throughout this game and controlled the time of possession decisively.

Georgetown displayed plenty of good dribbling, passing, and being available to support teammates in trouble.  Greater Lowell had little or any of that.  This was my first look at Georgetown and I came away most impressed with defender Kelly Chickering – excellent speed and covered a lot of ground.

All three of Nicoline Holland’s goals came from in close.  She headed one in and got a good foot on two others for scores from near the goal.  At least one of them came from a corner kick.

Georgetown pulled Jamie Block out of the goal for the second half and the freshman assisted on goal #4 that Casey Decareau tallied midway through the second half.

Emma Cannon closed out the scoring with under four minutes left.

Convincing win?  No question.  I have no idea how good the three Division 3 teams still standing are, though.

This was Royal 4th year coach Colleen Gibbs first trip to the Division 3 Finals and now she gets to the state semifinals against the South winner.

Does this team have another victory crossing in them??

 

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