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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 Out in D3 State Semifinals to Millis in Girls Soccer

Molly Breen (#2) returns to torment Georgetown a second time

(Quincy) I cringed when I saw that after winning the D3 North, the Georgetown girls soccer team’s next opponent was Millis.

Why?  Because like many of the readers of this blog, I was on hand at the Boston TD Banknorth Garden on March 9th of this year and saw Millis take out the Royals girls basketball team (60-43) in the D4 state finals.

That game introduced a whole bunch of us to Molly Breen (5’11”) of Millis.  In that one the junior had a career game (28 points) and was clearly the key to the Mohawk win.

Learning that Millis was next for the G’Town soccer team in the state tourney, I couldn’t help myself and had to see if Miss Breen was involved.  A Google search eventually turns her up and I learn that she is a captain and major player.

No longer is G’town facing an unknown opponent and I anticipate them having their hands full – which they did in a 1-0 defeat on Tuesday night (November 17th) at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Quincy.

Molly Breen was a serious threat on corner kicks and direct kicks but otherwise she had a “small problem” – Kelly Chickering of Georgetown.  The Royal sophomore shadowed the much taller Miss Breen and limited her touches throughout.

Sorting out a soccer game is always difficult.  There are goals but other than that, you work in generalities.  Even shot totals are elusive because some are much more threatening than others are.

Taylor Nelson (Georgetown) hit the crossbar in the first half but it was more of the lazy flyball variety.  Molly Breen, on the other hand, had a direct kick from the middle of the field in the first half that was blistered.  Jamie Block (Georgetown goalie) had a good look at it, however, and caught it.

An even more dangerous shot was the one that Mohawk Ashley Page got off in the first half after a Molly Breen corner kick. Ashley’s shot went just wide right but I saw (from the other end) plenty of room inside the net for a more accurate shot.

I had a very good look at the Royals closest thing to a goal.  It was in the last five minutes of the game.  A direct kick from Emma Cannon put Casey Decareau in a position to send a head shot at the goalie.  Although the header was well struck, it went right where Millis goalie Amanda White was parked.  Those things will happen.

The actual goal by Maddie Brosler in the second half was scored a full soccer field away from me.  However, from my vantage point, it was one of those situations where you have the ball and a whole bunch of players from both teams in a relatively small area.  It isn’t often that someone gets a clean kick/head on the ball but in this case, the Millis player did.

The facility was terrific with a great surface.  The weather was equally nice with little wind and temps in the 40s.

A five o’clock start on a weekday, south of Boston, should have kept some of the Georgetown faithful away but didn’t seem to.

The Millis student section was very active with all sorts of chants.  I recall hearing the “Breen Machine” one back in March at the Garden.

It surprised me that the MIAA doesn’t give out trophies to the participants in the state semifinals when they do in the divisional finals.  Aren’t reaching the semifinals a bigger accomplishment?

Georgetown returns sixteen girls from a fourteen-win season in 2010-11.  This may not be the last time we see them in post-season, girls soccer play.

The Georgetown lineup before the game.

The Georgetown halftime gathering.

The after-the-game crossing.

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Tim Holland Has Major League Aspirations

Most of us dream at night. 

Tim Holland 3-4-08

Tim Holland, pictured here, expanded his dreaming to full-time during his sophomore year at Georgetown High School.

“I started to think then that baseball might take me somewhere,” explained the 6-1/175 pound senior.  “It was my best year and I started to get mail from colleges and rumors began about teams being interested in me.”

Royals coach Mark Rowe realized that Tim was a talented player the year before.  “He was a starter for me as a freshman at second base.  We went to the Division 3 North finals that year with a team that was mostly seniors.  He fit right in.”

And even before witnessing Tim’s senior year the 10th year coach stated, “He’s the best baseball player to come through Georgetown since I’ve been coaching. He pretty much does it all.  I’ve heard from the White Sox, Cubs, and Indians about him.”

 “This year he’ll play shortstop when he’s not pitching,” said Coach Rowe of his 2-time Cape Ann League All-Star.  “We’ll go as far as he takes us.  We have a nice supporting cast but we need for him to have a big year for us.”

Next year Tim expects to attend Lake City Community Junior College (about 60 miles west of Jacksonville in northern Florida) on a baseball scholarship.  The fact that the Timberwolves’ baseball season starts on January 25th, and any cancellations will be for rain and not for that other stuff, would be incentive enough to go there. 

In addition to the favorable outdoor, workout weather, it was a couple of area baseball players – Matt Small (Ipswich) and Mike Gallo (Peabody) – who helped steer Tim to Lake City.  “I played on teams around here with both of them.  They were both very positive about the school. Mike pitches on this year’s team.”

At Lake City Tim will play in front of the folks (major league scouts) he needs to impress.  And who could blame the scouts for attending? Last year 15 former Lake City players were in the minors and two (Reggie Abercrombie and Heath Phillips) were in the majors.

“I look to do two years of real competitive baseball and then see where I am,” explained Tim. “I could be in the minors or maybe in a 4-year college.”

Tim’s favorite player is BJ Upton of Tampa Bay.  “He can do everything and that’s the kind of player that I think I am.  I’ve played the outfield, infield, and pitched.  And also, like BJ, I have speed.”

Tim wears #17.  “I wanted #5 (Nomar Garciaparra) but that number didn’t exist.  Since I joined the Georgetown varsity as the only freshman that meant that I got the last number available – #17.  Things went so well the first two years that I decided to stick with it.”

The Holland name probably won’t leave the area sports pages when Tim graduates in June thanks to his sisters.  “One of my sisters made the high school soccer varsity as an 8th grader and was the team’s leading scorer this season,” bragged Tim.  “My other sister is 12 and tells me that she’s going to be the first girl on the high school varsity baseball team.”

Keep an eye on Tim Holland of Georgetown.  He has a dream and he might just have what it takes to make that dream come true.

(Appeared in The Town Common in the issue dated March 12th)

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