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Weston ousts Ipswich in Division 3 North finals, 2-0, in girls soccer

Weston – Division 3 North girls soccer champs

(Lynn) Same teams.  Same field.  Same weather.  Same tournament.  Same results.

What can you say?  There was Weston defeating Ipswich in girls soccer, 2-0, at Manning Field to capture the Division 3 North finals in beautiful weather.  Two years ago (November 14th) exactly the same thing happened.

Juicy rebound early led to first Weston goal by Katie Marlow-Benedick

In this Monday morning event, the Wildcats stunned the Tigers with a goal in the first thirty seconds (Katie Marlow-Benedick) of the game.  The insurance for Weston kicked in during the second half on a goal by Maddie Linde.

Weston (11-7-4) moves on to the D3 state semifinals against South champs Norwell at 5:30PM at Veterans Stadium in Quincy on Wednesday.  The D3 state finals are at Worcester State College on Saturday (10AM) morning.

Ipswich (11-5-7) had enough defense, led by Courtney Long, to keep the Wildcats from adding more goals in the first half after the depressing start.

The Weston defense, led by Sarah Peters, gave the Tigers few instances of control deep in their territory.  Ipswich had several corner kicks but was unable to turn up threats on WHS goalie Alissa Duffey.

The Tigers best chance was on direct kick from straight away by Courtney Long late in the first half.  Katie Monahan was bearing down on Alissa as she made the catch.  Any sort of bobble there could have been a Tiger goal.

Weston’s first goal happened so fast!

The Wildcats started with the ball. Freshman Emma Marlow-Benedick broke past the Tiger defense in front of the Weston sidelines and dribbled in on the right.  Instead of taking a long shot at GK Molly Markos, Emma sent a pass into the middle to senior Maddie Linde. Maddie had time to drill a shot that Molly got a piece of but couldn’t control.  The result was a juicy rebound for Emma’s twin sister Katie to tap into the open net.

Down 1-0 in a game not even thirty seconds old was not what the Tigers needed.  However, the Wildcats were kept from threatening the rest of the half.  Ipswich had several corner kicks but didn’t endanger the Weston shutout.

The Wildcats turned up the pressure in the first fifteen minutes of the second half.  They had four dangerous corner kicks before capitalizing.

Maddie Linde (20) about to head home the second Weston goal.

The goal came when senior Hannah Graves sent a corner kick over the reach of goalie Molly Markos. Teammate Maddie Linde was perfectly positioned and headed home Weston’s second goal, fifteen minutes into the second half.  Maddie’s height gave her an advantage and Hannah’s kick was right where Maddie could convert.

The Wildcats had several dangerous shots the rest of the way, a couple by Lane Cronin, and one by Jackie Foody.

Ipswich knocked Weston out of the tournament (1-0) last year at Ipswich on a Hannah Weagle score.

Maddie Linde had both goals in the Wildcat win two years ago at Manning Field.

Kudos to Weston’s Jackie Foody.  Her collision with Tiger Lia Ziegler sent the Ipswich senior to the turf but after the Tiger medical staff took care of Lia, Jackie came over to make sure her opponent was okay.  Classy move!

Lane Cronin (17) gets a yellow card.

I also congratulate WHS coach Rich Daestrela.  When one of his players (Lane Cronin) drew a yellow card for angrily kicking a ball out of play, she had to leave the game.  I have seen other coaches immediately put the carded player back in the game.  Not Coach Daestrela.  He kept the offending party off the field for the last nineteen minutes of the first half.  A teachable moment?

Weston can certainly be thankful for the Sullivan Rule.  That unique Massachusetts rule allowed the Wildcats to qualify for the MIAA tourney despite a 6-7-4 record.  Winning 50% of games against same-division opponents qualifies a team for the tournament……and that’s how Weston got in.

Weston competes in the very tough Dual County League.  The beatings they absorbed from D1 powerhouses like Acton-Boxborough, Concord-Carlisle, and Lincoln-Sudbury obviously toughened them up for the Division 3 tournament.  The only disadvantage was that Weston got a low seed (#17) and had to win early-round games on the road to get to the finals.

Coach Daestrela commended the Cape Ann League afterwards.  He faced Georgetown first and needed penalty kicks to win.  He said that the games in between Georgetown and Ipswich were not very competitive and allowed him to use substitutes for most of the second halves.

Maria Balzer (5) and Katie Marlow-Benedick (7)

Coach Daestrela on the undersized freshmen Marlow-Benedick twins: “I don’t care what size they are, they can play, and will play.”

This was Courtney Long’s last soccer game for Ipswich.  What a defender she was with a strong leg.  She took care of all the goal kicks and direct kicks.  I wonder what she would have done on corner kicks?

Some doctors do house calls.  Dr. Hugh O’Flynn does field calls!  The Ipswich surgeon helped tend to several injured Tigers in the first half.

Good Ipswich sports trivia question: Name the first Ipswich girls soccer coach  –  Doug Woodworth.

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

Ipswich captains with D3 North finalist trophy

celebrating begins

Weston coach Rich Daestrela

Lia Ziegler chases loose ball

Tally Shea (22) and Julia Davis (23)

Maddie Linde shoots as Emily Brengle (11) defends

Emma Marlow-Benedick (67) lines up a shot

Courtney Long (24) protects GK Molly Markos

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Ipswich Girls Soccer Team Ties Newburyport 0-0 to Gain Advantage in CAL Division 2

Ipswich clinches at least a tie in CAL Division 2 at Newburyport.

Hannah Martin (15) sends one of many potentially dangerous direct kicks toward the Ipswich goal.

(Newburyport)  The Ipswich girls soccer team was the one celebrating after their evening (0-0) match with Newburyport on Tuesday night at World War Stadium……….and they didn’t even score a goal or win the game.  But what they did was at least assure themselves of a tie for the Cape Ann League Division 2 championship.

Ipswich (8-0-3) now has 19 league points (2 points for a win – 1 point for a tie) with one game left  –  Georgetown away at 3:45PM on Wednesday.  Newburyport (8-1-3) also has 19 league points but their regular season is over.

Therefore, a Tiger win or tie versus the Royals and they have the CAL D2 title to themselves. An Ipswich loss and they end up sharing the top spot with Newburyport.

The Clippers only league loss was to Georgetown (3-2) so Ipswich will certainly not have an easy afternoon of soccer versus the Royals.

Courtney Long launches a testing direct kick for Ipswich.

The two most dangerous players on the field were Hannah Martin and Courtney Long.  These players took all of their team’s direct kicks.  Both could put up the distance to send shots into scoring areas.  That none were finished off for goals by either team was a surprise to me.

Clipper Carly Brand shadowed 14-goal scorer Hannah Weagle and that was effective defensively.  However, that strategy left Carly out of the flow around the goal when the long direct kicks came that way.  Carly had a goal last game versus Amesbury on a header off of a Hannah Martin direct kick.

The best Tiger chance was on a corner kick fifteen minutes into the second half.  Shannon McFayden took the kick and delivered it right on Clipper goalie Lilly Donovan just as Tiger Katie Glaubitz got there.  A pretty good collision resulted but Lilly held her ground and the goal was prevented.

Katie Glaubitz collides with Clipper goalie Lilly Donovan in the second half.

Newburyport’s chances weren’t so much shots but near-shots.  Their normal short passing game seemed to vanish when they got into the offensive end so there were few, if any, set ups for clean looks and shots.

This game was more physical than most.  Several Ipswich girls went down after contact but returned to play later.

Ipswich (12-1-4 including non-league games) has now gone fourteen straight games without a loss.  Newburyport (13-2-3 overall) is undefeated in thirteen of their last fourteen games.

The tournament pairings are ahead.  Ipswich will be competing in Division 3 while Newburyport is in Division 2.  Both teams fell to the eventual North divisional winners in 2010.  I was at the Ipswich loss to Weston at Fraser Field in Lynn.

Ipswich coach Nancy Waddell explained to me before the game that the seedings for the tournament can be tough.  Her reasoning was that D3 teams in strong conferences get losses against higher division opponents and get seeded low.  They turn out to be tough early opponents for top seeds in D3.

I still think that World War Stadium is a terrific site for a soccer game for spectators.  I’m told, however, that the Clipper team would prefer Cherry Hill so the tourney games could well be over there.  Apparently that field is wider.

(I take my own pictures and collect my own information.  I own any mistakes.)  Click on the pictures and they become normal size.

Julia Kipp (2) Lizzy Barbarisi (14)

second half action in front of Ipswich net

Aly Leahy (1) Hannah Martin (15)

NHS goalie Lilly Donovan

Carly Brand (11) Maddie Howe (10) Masey Zegarowski (1)

Sarah Casey (18) heads

Tiger goalie Molly Markos chases shot.

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Ipswich Girls Run Undefeated Streak to Eleven with 2-1 Soccer Win Over Masconomet

Tigers rush to goalie Molly Markos after 2-1 win over Masco.

(Boxford) One girls soccer team was undefeated in its last ten games and the other in its last eight games.  It figured to be a good match….and it was as Ipswich defeated Masconomet, 2-1, before a good crowd at Senior’s Day at Masconomet on Friday afternoon.

Hannah Weagle – goal and assist

2010 Cape Ann League Division 2 Player-of-the-Year Hannah Weagle was huge for Ipswich (10-1-3).  The talented senior scored a goal in the first half on a direct kick and then earned the assist on teammate Sam Brown’s game winner in the second half.

Hannah was also very active in the midfield area and part of an Ipswich defense that gave Masco limited scoring chances during most of the game.

The Chieftains (9-4-2), however, rallied late in the first half on a scramble in front to tie the score (Mia Farnham from Leah Connerty) and put their best sustained effort into the opening ten minutes of the second half.  During that hectic ten minutes, Masco took six shots, including two direct kicks and a corner kick, but the Tiger defense led by junior Courtney Long and goalie Molly Markos held on.

Hannah set up the game-winner seventeen minutes into the second half.  She broke away from a sideline battle for the ball and took a hard shot toward goal from the left.  Sam Brown raced in from the right and put a foot on the ball redirecting it on goal and into the net past Masco goalie Kendal Pratt.

The Tigers had three golden chances in the first half and cashed in on one of them.

The first chance was a goal from in close by Katie Monahan that was called back because of an offsides after nineteen minutes.

Hannah Weagle delivered on the second chance. First she drew a Masco violation with some penetrating dribbling.  Then she took the resulting direct kick and beat goalie Kendal Pratt with a shot into the upper left-hand corner of the net with twenty-three minutes played in the first half.

Six minutes later Hannah was back with the Tigers’ 3rd scoring chance with another direct kick attempt. This time goalie Kendal Pratt made a fabulous stop diving for the near post to deflect the shot out.  This was the stop of the game.

Leah Connerty (10) about to get an assist.

The Chieftain’s broke through at 38:07 after a direct kick by Paige Pratt.  From where I was (the other end of the field) it looked as if Leah Connerty got a foot on the ball to put it up in the air and Mia Farnham followed with a header past the Ipswich goalie.

This was my second time seeing Masco – I saw them play a 1-1 tie with Georgetown.  Paige Pratt is an excellent defender.  Mia Farnham and Taylor Evans create real problems on the scoring end because of their strength and persistence.  They both had pretty good scoring chances versus Ipswich.

The Ipswich/Masco JV game was played right beside the varsity game.  I suspected that whistles and stray kicks might be a problem but they weren’t.

Sam Brown (12) congratulated after game winner

I saw Ipswich in tournament play last season and Courtney Long is terrific as the last defender.  The sophomore has a strong kick with either foot and doesn‘t panic with the ball.

Hannah Weagle was all over the field.  Most high scorers in soccer don’t offer much in the way of defense but Hannah was active at midfield and in the box during corner kicks.

Ipswich (11-7-4 in 2010) made the D3 North Finals last season while Masco (17-2-2 in 2010) ) made the D1 North Finals.  They will be in the tournament again this year.

Hannah Weagle (6) contests with Masco goalie Kendal Pratt

Next for Ipswich is Triton under the lights in Ipswich on October 25th (Tuesday). Masco travels to Andover for a 5PM game on October 24th (Monday).

Further ahead, Ipswich has back-to-back road games with Newburyport (October 31st) and Georgetown (November 1st).  Those should be very competitive matches.

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Courtney Long (24) defends Taylor Evans (27)

Mia Farnham (29) shoots

Hannah Weagle (6) & Courtney Long (24)

Taylor Evans (27) and Shannon McFayden

goalie Kendal Pratt

Mia Farnham

Sam Brown

goalie Molly Markos

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Ipswich Soccer Girls Reach Semi-Finals in D3 North With 1-0 Win Over Shawsheen

Courtney Long drills the winning goal past Shawsheen’s flinching Alyssa Martucci in the Ipswich D3 North win at Billerica on Tuesday afternoon.

(Billerica) It was almost a year ago to the day on the same field against the same team.  This time, however, there was a different result as the Ipswich girls soccer team eliminated #1 seed Shawsheen, 1-0, to advance to the semi-finals of the Division 3 North tournament.

The #9 seed Tigers (10-6-4) made a goal by Courtney Long in the first half’s drizzly conditions stand up.  Shawsheen (15-2-2), from the Commonwealth Athletic League, had a first round bye while Ipswich had to get by St.Mary’s on Sunday to reach this game.

I thought that the Tigers were a step quicker than the Rams most of the afternoon.  I never saw any sort of dangerous direct shot at Ipswich goalie Hannah O’Flynn in this contest.  In fact, Hannah’s father, Dr. Hugh O’Flynn, had more action than she did as he was on the field with five injured players (by my count) during the game.

I had a good look at Courtney’s first-half goal.  Ipswich had been awarded a direct kick.  The Rams set up a wall that might have blocked Courtney’s shot (painfully) but as she struck the shot the end girl on the wall (Alyssa Martucci) flinched to the right leaving an opening.  (Maybe the shot would have gone in whether she had moved to her right or not.)  Anyhow, the ball hit near the right corner at the bottom of the top crossbar and caromed down across the goal-line.

I don’t think that there was another open shot at either goal the rest of the game.  Hannah Weagle came close to getting a rebound in front of the Ram net in the second half and later Mary Krathwohl nearly broke through for a good shot.

Samantha Brown blocks a Sabrina Gomes (#7) clear.

One painful moment late was when Samantha Brown ended up with her face in front of a Sabrina Gomes clearing kick.  Sabrina was apologetic afterwards.

The Tigers now move on to the semi-final round of the tournament.  They will be facing Cape Ann League opponent Lynnfield (#4 seed) at 2:30 PM at Manning (turf) Field in Lynn on Thursday afternoon. These teams split during the regular season with Lynnfield winning at home in September while Ipswich won at home in October.

(All the information is from my own personal observation.  Regard any inaccuracies from that vantage point, please.)

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