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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.

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

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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Strong first half gets Ipswich past Manchester Essex 4-1 in girls soccer

Katie Monahan goes down after firing a shot that became the second Ipswich goal.

Katie Monahan goes down after firing a shot that became the second Ipswich goal.

Sydney Law (#17) had two goals for the Tigers

Sydney Law (#17) had two goals for the Tigers

(Ipswich MA) Manchester Essex was the better team over the final thirty minutes.

However, the first fifty minutes belonged to Ipswich as their girls soccer team downed the Hornets, 4-1, on a sunny Tuesday afternoon in Cape Ann League Division 2 action.

Ipswich (2-0-2) pressured ME so much in the first half that their goalkeeper (Hannah Lynch) never touched the ball.

Meanwhile, the Tigers tallied three times in the first half, twice by sophomore Sydney Law and once by senior Katie Monahan.  Two of the Ipswich scores came in the last two minutes of the first half.

Deven Smith breaks in early in the second half

Devin Smith breaks in early in the second half

Devin Smith added a fourth IHS goal at 32:20 of the second half.

The rest of the way the Hornets carried the play getting a goal from Bridgett Kiernan six minutes later.

The visitors came close several times in the second half but the Ipswich defense had answers when they needed them.

Manchester Essex (0-3-1) lost most of the one-on-one battles in the first half.  The Tigers, however, had trouble stringing passes together so their scoring chances were good but not great.

Bridgett Kiernan scored the ME goal with a header

Bridgett Kiernan scored the ME goal with a header

That changed when Ipswich coach Nancy Waddell put in fresh legs after the first ten minutes.  Sophomore Sydney Law was one of the new entrants.  An Ipswich throw-in led to a good shot and a juicy rebound that Sydney drove home at 29:22.

You thought more goals would come quickly but they didn’t thanks to the ME defense led by Kelly Moore.

However, late in the half, senior Katie Monahan drilled a shot past GK Aisling Batchelder’s left.

Not long after Katie’s second goal of the season, Sydney Law registered a her second goal of the half.  This time Sydney broke into open space to get off a shot.  The shot was blocked but Sydney put home the rebound.

Those goals gave Ipswich a 3-0 lead after a half.

Devin Smith broke in on the left, in the first part of the second half.  The senior ripped a shot high and hard that the ME GK had no chance on.

Kelly Moore, Aisling Batchelder, and Emily Folan eye a corner kick

Kelly Moore, Aisling Batchelder, and Emily Folan eye a corner kick

Give credit to the Hornets.  Now down, 4-0, they started to play better.  The key?  They made their short passing game work.  Instead of kicking the ball hard to no one in particular, they began to find teammates.  (It was fun to watch.)

The Hornets were able to get into the Tigers side of the field with some frequency and turn up some scoring chances.

Freshman Bridgett Kiernan picked up the lone ME goal by being in the right place at the right time.  Senior Sarah Lewiecki launched a long shot from the right that was deflected to the far post.  Bridgett was parked in the area and headed home the rebound.

Ipswich GK Hannah Lynch catches a Hornet shot in traffic

Ipswich GK Hannah Lynch catches a Hornet shot in traffic

The Hornets put on pressure the rest of the way but couldn’t get a second goal.

I was impressed with the defensive work of ME’s Kelly Moore.  The senior kept things from getting much worse in the first half by clearing away numerous Ipswich scoring chances.

Sydney Law also caught my eye.  Besides being tireless, the sophomore has the skills to create openings for herself.  She should score a lot of goals in 2013.

The Tigers next opponent will be a very good Lynnfield Pioneers team.  Ipswich will start the game in Lynnfield at 3:45PM on Thursday.

The Hornets will host Georgetown on the same day at the same time.

Sophie Marsh and Hornet GK Aisling Batchelder eye a loose ball

Sophie Marsh and Hornet GK Aisling Batchelder eye a loose ball

The Tigers (11-5-7 in 2012) are looking to make the state tournament for the fifth straight year.  They have been 44-21-20 during the last four seasons.

The Hornets (2-15-1 in 2012) are looking to qualify for the tournament for the first time in seven years.

Tigers coach Nancy Waddell told me that former Ipswich soccer star Courtney Long is at Gettysburg.  Courtney was a girl with a shot.

The Tigers had only scored a total of two goals (Emily Evans and Katie Monahan) in the first three games.  Coach Waddell was a goal scorer at Princeton and she told me that more than a few people have asked her why she can’t develop scorers.  She may have one in Sydney Law.

The weather was terrific……sunny and in the high 60s.

Thanks to both teams for providing me with rosters.

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

action in front of the ME goal

action in front of the ME goal

Emily Evans tries to escape Sarah Lewiecki and Megan Clark

Emily Evans tries to escape Sarah Lewiecki and Megan Clark

Sydney Law and Phoebe Biggar

Sydney Law and Phoebe Biggar

Emily Brengle and Sydney Law try to contain Bridgett Kiernan

Emily Brengle and Sydney Law try to contain Bridgett Kiernan

Maria Balzer

Maria Balzer

Sarah Wallis and Sydney Christopher

Sarah Wallis and Sydney Christopher

Sarah Lewiecki

Sarah Lewiecki

Hannah Lynch

Hannah Lynch

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