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Newburyport moves on with 59-47 win over Tewksbury

Clippers celebrate a tourney win

Anna Hickman (17 points) gets an open look

(Newburyport MA) Newburyport wins their Division 2 North tourney opener, 59-47, over Tewksbury on Monday night at Newburyport.

The Clippers were led by Anna Hickman (17 points) and Krysta Padellaro (13 points).

“I thought that we played great once we settled in,” said NHS coach Gregg Dollas afterwards.

The Clippers (15-6) went down 12-6 early but recovered to get the lead (15-14) for good at the end of the first quarter on Katie Hadden’s 3-point, buzzer beater.

Both teams pressed but fouls took their toll on the Redmen.  “We got off to a great start with pressure,” said Redmen coach Mark Bradley, “and then fouls got us out of it.”

Izzy Picher corrals a loose ball

Newburyport got points from everyone that played.  An eight-to-two run in the second quarter had points from Abi Gillingham, Anna Hickman, Maggie Pons, and Krysta Padellaro.  That run put NHS ahead, 28-19, with two minutes left in the second quarter.

Credit Tewksbury.  Down they were but not out.  With 2 ½ minutes to go in the third quarter the Redmen were only trailing, 34-32.  Haley Mignon and senior Izzy Picher posted five points each during the comeback.

“It was a one-possession game,” recalled Tewksbury coach Mark Bradley, “and then they went on a run.  We had some critical turnovers.”

Newburyport, meanwhile, put points together led by senior Krysta Padellaro.  “Krysta was very good tonight,” said Coach Dollas.  “She passed well and didn’t try to do too much.”

Allie Wild (15) and Krysta Padellaro (15)

The Clippers would put a 13-2 segment together by the six-minute mark of the final quarter.  Krysta was a key participant. She started things with a turn-two.  The “two” part wasn’t easy because shot blocker Allie Wild was with her step-for-step on the race to the other end.  Krysta was clever enough to jam on her brakes and up-fake just before shooting and that gave her space to finish the layup as Allie ran by her.

Krysta also added two free throws and a 3-pointer in this crucial segment.

The Redmen (12-9) could get no closer than eight over the final six minutes.

Julia Cafferty (14 points) paced the Redmen getting nine of those points in the first half.

Erin Gallella finished with ten points.  Her twin sister Lizzie missed the game with an illness.

Anna Hickman finished with seventeen points.  Her ability to make three’s, runners, and layups makes her tough to guard.

There were a number of defenses used in this game.  I thought that Newburyport’s trapping defense was the most effective.

The Redmen had four turnovers after they pulled with two points of the Clippers in the third quarter.

Ahead for Newburyport is Pentucket.  “After we lost to them a second time we said we wanted another chance at them and now we’re going to get it,” said Coach Dollas.

Haley Mignon (23) hustles back to prevent a layup

Hustle play of the game?  After one of several Krysta Padellaro steals, it looked like an easy layup for Krysta but Haley Mignon raced to the other end and not only deflected the layup attempt but also didn’t foul.

Paige Gouldthorpe did a powerful job (as usual) with the National Anthem.

Newburyport box

Tewksbury box

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Katie Hadden dribbles against pressure

Erin Gallella (10 points) tries the lane

Battle for a rebound

Allie Wild (15) blocks Anna Hickman’s shot

Alexis Polimeno (3), Katie Hadden (11), and Izzy Picher (32) watch a free throw attempt

Julia Cafferty (14 points) guards Krysta Padellaro

Allie Wild guards Katie Hadden

Krysta Padellaro sets to pass ahead to Anna Hickman

Sami Cavanaugh (5)

Anna Hickman shoots over Kiley Tibbetts

Krysta Padellaro gets in among four Redmen

Katie Hadden in the middle of three Redmen

 

 

 

 

 

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Pentucket rides last quarter to 44-32 win over Newburyport

Casey Hunt tries to drive past Krysta Padellaro

Sophomore Angelina Yacubacci had sixteen points to lead the Sachems

(Newburyport MA) Pentucket 44, Newburyport 32.

It’s why I cover games!  Scores alone can be very misleading.

This wasn’t a “twelve-point” game. This was a close game with FOURTEEN lead changes through three quarters.

“Newburyport is a very good team,” said Pentucket coach John McNamara afterwards.

And that they were……….for three quarters.

The 4th quarter?  The Clippers defense was still good, but the offense disappeared.

“We needed to take better shots,” conceded Newburyport coach Gregg Dollas. “We needed to move the ball.  We really struggled with shot choices in the last quarter.”

Today’s last quarter probably brought back bad memories from the last time Pentucket and Newburyport faced each other.  It was March 1st in the first round of the D2 North tournament.  In that one the Clippers were down 12-1 after a quarter and ended up losing badly, 46-19.

Abi Gillingham and Liv Cross near the basket

Today it was the last quarter that sunk the Clippers. They were outscored 9-1 in that quarter and squandered a game in which they were impressive otherwise.

The Sachems (8-1) are a team that will press and use defense to create offense.

The Clippers (7-2) play a tight man-to-man defense and will run with turnovers and rebounds.

The most impressive thing about Newburyport (IMO) in this game was that they had fewer turnovers (12) than Pentucket did (19).  The Clippers took good care of the ball.

The most impressive thing about Pentucket?  Their game-long organized offense. They certainly looked to get the ball inside to junior Liv Cross (“She’s a stud! – Coach Dollas) but they were patient about it.

That patience on offense was most noticeable in the final quarter when Newburyport raised the pressure.

Angelina Yacubacci blocks Meghan Winn’s shot

Sophomore Angelina Yacubacci topped all scorers with sixteen points.  Angelina drained a three in the third quarter and made four straight free throws in the final two minutes to make NHS pay for fouling.

The best one-on-one matchup was between Cape Ann League All-Stars Casey Hunt and Krysta Padellaro.

Krysta lost some time because of fouls.  “We can’t have her sitting on the bench with foul trouble,” said Coach Dollas.

Coach McNamara also had a key player on the bench with fouls. Inside threat Liv Cross sat out in the first half with two quick fouls. “We missed having her out there,” said Coach McNamara.

Newburyport broke away from a 9-9 tie 1 ½ minutes into the second half.  A rebound basket by Abi Gillingham, a steal and layin by Anna Hickman, and a Maggie Pons jump shot from the right had the Clippers in front by six (15-9).

Back came the visitors with nine straight points.  Two inside scores by Angelina Yacubacci and a layup by Emily Riley was followed by a 3-point shot (off the backboard) from straightaway by sophomore Angelica Hurley.

Against some teams a Pentucket run like that one is the beginning of an avalanche of points.  Not this time.  The Clippers had answers and took the lead three more times.  An inbounds play by NHS (to Abi Gillingham) tied the score at 31 with thirty-five seconds left in the 3rd period.

Thereafter, Newburyport’s inability to make shots or even draw fouls did them in.  Meanwhile, the Sachems scored the next seven points, including another three by Angelica Hurley (from Casey Hunt) that put Pentucket up, 38-31.

The Clippers finally got a point (free throw Meghan Winn) with two minutes left but the last six points scored in this game were by Pentucket’s Angelina Yacubacci.

Pentucket is looking to win their fourth straight Cape Ann League title.

Abi Gillingham deflects Angelica Hurley’s shot

Player to watch?  Newburyport’s Abi Gillingham. The 6-1 freshman is a presence at both ends of the court.  She discouraged several Sachems shooters from even attempting a shot in close to the basket.  “She has potential,” added Coach Dollas.

Now in his 12th year, John McNamara has a remarkable 240-42 record.  Many of those losses are against non-CAL teams.

The Clippers did put a 33-29 win together against Pentucket last season on February 14th at Newburyport.

The two Division 2 opponents will meet again on February 9th at Pentucket.

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Newburyport box

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Angelica Hurley dives for a loose ball

Jess Galvin takes a three from in front of the Pentucket bench

Anna Hickman chases a ball going out of bounds

Krysta Padellaro sees an opening

Krysta Padellaro guards Angelina Yacubacci

Paige Gouldthorpe and Liv Cross collide

Bella Doyle

Pentucket had nineteen turnovers

 

 

 

 

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Masco defeats Newburyport 52-42 giving the Clippers their first loss

Krysta Padellaro runs into some serious Masco defense

Mak Graves (15 points) finds space in close

(Newburyport MA) The Newburyport girls basketball team started this season with seven straight wins.

But how good were they since they hadn’t faced Masconomet and Pentucket?

Tonight we found out.  Masco came to town and defeated the Clippers, 52-42, on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

“We have things to work on,” said NHS coach Gregg Dollas afterwards.  “We gave up too many offensive rebounds and we missed too many layups.”

Masco coach Bob Romeo saw his team’s play early in the second quarter as the key to the win. “Our breakaway was quick and the separation from it stayed there the rest of the game.”

This was a tie game after six minutes before the Chieftains tallied the final three points of the quarter to lead 9-6.

Anna Hickman started the second quarter with a free throw.  You sensed that this game might stay close after Nicole Amyouny missed two free throws in the first minute.

But two minutes later, Newburyport (7-1) was in serious trouble.  Masco put a string of thirteen unanswered points together and separated 22-7.  The home team never recovered although they did get back to within six points in the third quarter.

Olivia Filmore

Morgan Bovardi

Two Masco freshmen (Olivia Filmore and Morgan Bovardi) sparked the breakaway segment.  “They were impressive,” said Coach Romeo.

Olivia converted a missed free throw into a layup and then when teammate Paige Anyouny tossed a 3-point air ball, Olivia was under the basket to turn that miss into two more points.

Morgan’s part was stealing the ball and getting a layup off the steal.  She followed those points with a three assisted by Mak Graves.

Mak Graves and Paige Anyouny collected the other two Masco baskets in the crucial 13-point run.

You take those disastrous two minutes out of this game and it becomes anyone’s.

Paige Amyouny and Krysta Padellaro

The best matchup of the night was between seniors Paige Anyouny and Krysta Padellaro.

“Paige is rock solid,” said Coach Romeo.  “Game in, game out.  She’s a rebounder.  She runs our offense and defends the other team’s top scorer.”

Both teams dug in on defense.  “It was two good teams going after each other for thirty-two minutes,” said Coach Romeo.

Sophomore Mak Graves led all scorers with fifteen points.  Her ability to dribble into open space and to make shots against taller opponents is remarkable.  “Makayla didn’t shoot the ball as well tonight as she typically does,” said Coach Romeo.  “But she draws a lot of attention and it allows other kids to make plays.”

The potential for a long night started early for the Clippers when starter Katie Hadden picked up two fouls in the first minute.  Out she came for most of the first half.  During Katie’s absence, the Chieftains (6-1) built the lead that the Clippers couldn’t overcome.

“That hurt us a lot not having Katie for all those minutes,” said Coach Dollas.

Abi Gillingham was called for a foul on this one. Don’t think so!

Because of the swarming man-to-man defenses by both squads, there was a fair amount of contact.  Fouls probably could have been called on every possession!  We might also still be at the Newburyport gym wondering when the game would end.

Masco lost to Pentucket this week, BUT Mak Graves didn’t play.  Pentucket will be visiting Newburyport on Monday afternoon (1PM).  The full-court, high-energy Sachems will certainly be another test for Newburyport.

We all got a chance to enjoy the impressive singing voice of Paige Gouldthorpe as she did the National Anthem.  That girl does not need a microphone!

Newburyport box

Masco box

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Anna Hickman splits Sara Fogarty and Morgan Bovardi

Mak Graves

Kyrsta Padellaro gets past Paige Amyouny

Nicole Amyouny at the line

Paige Amyouny squeezes between Abi Gillingham and Paige Gouldthorpe

Sara Fogarty launchs a three

Paige Amyouny gets past Krysta Padellaro

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newburyport turns fast start into 58-41 win over Ipswich

Anna Hickman (15 points) had thirteen points early to get Newburyport off to a great start

Krysta Padellaro (15 points) ahead of the Tigers for a layup

(Newburyport MA) Wait until they’ve been together for a while!

Newburyport (2-0) put their lack of full-team practice time behind them and defeated Ipswich, 58-41, on Tuesday night in Cape Ann League action.

“Yesterday (Monday) was the first day where we have had the whole team at a practice,” explained Clippers coach Gregg Dollas afterwards.

The lack of practice time together didn’t seem to faze the Clippers (2-0) in the early going against the Tigers (1-1).  The home team ran fifteen straight points in the first quarter and Ipswich never recovered.

NHS was a marvel at both ends of the court for the first 9+ minutes and sailed to a 26-4 advantage.

Extra passes were made, and shots were falling.  Junior Anna Hickman had three 3’s to key the fast Newburyport start.

At the other end, Newburyport jumped into passing lanes and created ten Ipswich turnovers in those same 9+ minutes.

Katherine Noftall (25 points) pressured by Maggie Pons

A rout in the making?  Not so fast.

Newburyport still had a nice lead (30-9) with five minutes to go in the second quarter but the rest of that quarter was all Ipswich as they finished on a 14-1 run.

The scoring combo of freshman Riley Daly and junior Catherine Noftall put up the points for the Tigers bringing the visitors to 31-23 at the half.

“In the second half we passed, moved, and cut more and got open shots, and they were falling,” said Coach Dollos of his team’s play.

Senior Krysta Padellaro (15 points) initiated Newburyport’s second-half separation with six unanswered points. Krysta had assists from Paige Gouldthorpe and Katie Hadden on two of her baskets.

Now up by fourteen (39-25), NHS put the game out of reach from long range.  Sophomore Sammy Cavanaugh turned two feeds from Katie Hadden into 3-pointers in two straight possessions and then assisted Paige Gouldthorpe on yet another long-range shot.  That collection of accuracy stretched the Clippers advantage to 48-29 with two minutes left in the third quarter.

“Sammy Cavanaugh’s three’s were crucial,” said Coach Dollos.  “They gave us separation for good.”

Junior Katherine Noftall (25 points) had a 16-point first half to give Ipswich a chance.

Katherine Noftall defended by Paige Gouldthorpe

“Paige Gouldthorpe did a good job on #13 (Katherine Noftall) in the second half,” added Coach Dollos.  “She also shut down a North Reading shooter in the second half of our first game.  Paige is starting to make a defensive name for herself.”

Impressed by the passing of Katie Hadden.  Unofficially, I had her for six assists.

When things were going well for Newburyport, almost every player would touch the ball during a possession and open shots turned up.

The Newburyport pressure didn’t seem to bother Ipswich.  The Tigers’ trouble was in the half-court. Many of their twenty-one turnovers were off poor passes.

Ipswich freshman point guard Riley Daly had some good moments.  She handled the pressure nicely.

The Tigers will play this season without last year’s top scorer and rebounder, Anna Davis.

Riley Daly (32) leads a break

Newburyport has now defeated Ipswich three straight times.

Krysta Padellaro had nineteen points in the Clippers opening-game win over North Reading.

Any game involving Ipswich is  special to me.  Why?  I taught there thirty-seven years and there are always folks in the crowd that I knew back in the (long ago) day.

Newburyport box

Ipswich box

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Riley Daly and Krysta Padellaro

Katherine Noftall made three 3’s for Ipswich

Maggie Pons about to pass

Paige Gouldthorpe eyes the hoop

Katie Hadden (11) had six assists. Here she draws contact.

Paige Gouldthorpe, defended by Cate Phypers, looks to pass

Abi Gillingham and Deidre O’Flynn

 

Sadie Vandenberg

Katherine Noftall

 

 

 

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Masco runs streak to eight in dominating 59-31 win over Newburyport

The Clippers had few openings inside against Masco

The Clippers had few openings inside against Masco

Mak Graves (15 points) finds a way to split two Newburyport defenders

Mak Graves (15 points) finds a way to split two Newburyport defenders

(Newburyport MA) No second-half comeback needed in this one.

Masco dominated from the get-go and routed Newburyport, 59-31, on Friday night in Cape Ann League action.

The Chieftains (12-4) had needed to rally after halftime in three of their previous four games to get a W.

Masco now has won eight straight.  They face North Reading and Pentucket next week.

Newburyport (8-8) has reached the seriously struggling stage having dropped six of their last seven.  Getting the ten wins needed to get to the tournament is going to require a major turnaround in quality of play.

Mary Erb at the line - Masco made 12-of-16 free throws

Mary Erb at the line – Masco made 12-of-16 free throws

The best the Clippers did all night was put five points in a row at the start of the second half. Unfortunately, by then they were already behind, 39-14.

In the first 3 ½ minutes of the game the visitors pulled away 9-2 on two rebound baskets (Marissa DeLucia, Grace Fahey), plus two free throws and a triple by Mak Graves.

How did Masco win?  They dominated the boards and were very accurate at the line and beyond the arc.

The Clippers were outrebounded by twenty (49-29).  The killer stat here was sixteen offensive rebounds for the team from Boxford.  Paige Amyouny was the board master with fifteen.

I have seen Newburyport twice now.  Free throws were a glaring problem in both games.  A one-point loss to Amesbury included missing the front end of two one-and-one’s in the last minute.  In tonight’s game, NHS connected just four times in fourteen tries.  Masco, on the other hand, was twelve-for-sixteen taking freebies.

Long range things followed the same pattern.  Masco clicked seven times from beyond the arc while Newburyport just once.

Paige Amyouny in for two

Paige Amyouny in for two

Mak Graves (twice), Grace Fahey, Paige Amyouny, and Andrea Faia were successful from long distance in the first half.

The Clippers trailed 18-10 late in the first quarter but the next seven points belonged to Masco.  That fifteen points lead was still in place (29-14) 2 ½ minutes into the second quarter.

The last four minutes of the second quarter were all Masco.  They tallied ten straight points, including the last five by Andrea Faia, and had permanent separation, 39-14, at the half.

First look for me at Masco.  Impressed with the defense and the rebounding.

Marissa DeLucia took on Newburyport’s best player (Krysta Padellaro) and held her to eleven points.

The Clippers were keen to get the ball inside to Katie Hadden and were able to.  However, once Katie had the ball an extra defender showed up and left the sophomore with little room to maneuver.

Marissa DeLucia shadowed Krysta Padellaro

Marissa DeLucia shadowed Krysta Padellaro

Turnovers were not a factor in this game.  Each team had seven, according to my stat collection.  There was full-court pressure by both teams but few miscues resulted.

Freshman Mak Graves (15 points) led all scorers.  Nice article today about her in the Salem News.  I was not sure which one she was during warmups tonight and was surprised to find out which one she was.  Mak was easily the shortest girl on the floor but convinced me that she belonged out there with the “big” girls.  Mak dribbled and passed well and even took in six rebounds.

Mak leads Masco with twenty-five three’s for the season.  She had three against NHS.

Mak was a Cape Ann League All-Star in field hockey.

Grace Fahey (12 points) and Krysta Padellaro were CAL All-Stars in basketball last season.  Paige Amyoung was a second teamer.

On January 4th Masco defeated Newburyport 43-35 at Masco.

Missing from the Newburyport team is sophomore Anna Hickman with a torn ACL suffered against North Reading.  The Clippers desperately missed her point-scoring ability and tight defense in tonight’s setback.

Thanks to Andy Tappin for two stat sheets.  No better place to get information on what is going on with Masco girls’ basketball.

Mak Graves covered by Sam Cavanaugh

Mak Graves covered by Sam Cavanaugh

Masconomet has now qualified for the state tournament THIRTY-THREE straight seasons.

Masco box from the game

Newburyport box from the game

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Mak Graves

Mak Graves

Katie Hadden floats in the lane

Katie Hadden floats in the lane

Katie Hadden tries to get between Lily Polakiewicz and Grace Fahey

Katie Hadden tries to get between Lily Polakiewicz and Grace Fahey

Late game action

Late game action

Grace Fahey (12 points) guarded by Maggie Pons

Grace Fahey (12 points) guarded by Maggie Pons

Lily Polakiewicz and Katie Hadden

Lily Polakiewicz and Katie Hadden

Sam Cavanaugh gets to the hoop

Sam Cavanaugh gets to the hoop

Paige Gouldthorpe

Paige Gouldthorpe

Katie Hadden looks for a pass with Stephanie Mini defending

Katie Hadden looks for a pass with Stephanie Mini defending

Plenty of Masco defense led here by Lily Andrews (2)

Plenty of Masco defense led here by Lily Andrews (2)

Krysta Padellar (11 points) in the lane

Krysta Padellaro (11 points) in the lane

 

 

 

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Newburyport brings down undefeated Manchester-Essex 62-47

Newburyport used its speed to get layups

Newburyport used its speed to get layups

Anna Hickman (20 points)

Anna Hickman (20 points)

(Newburyport MA) What a second quarter!

The Newburyport Clippers took the visiting Manchester-Essex Hornets apart in that second frame and took the suspense over the outcome along with it.

The final was 62-47 for this Tuesday night game but if you were on hand one minute into the second quarter you saw the Hornets with a 16-12 lead.

One minute into the second half, the Clippers (6-2) were in front, 37-20.  That was a 25-4 segment for the home team.

How did they do it?  After a period of allowing the Hornets, especially Melanie Carter, to get to the basket the Clippers protected the paint better.  They also rebounded better.  Good defense transferred into up-tempo offense and layups down the other end.  Even in their half-court offense Newburyport found ways to get to the basket for points or foul shots.

Anna Hickman (20 points) was a standout on both ends of the court.  Her tight D on ME point-guard Kaitlyn O’Connell impacted the Hornets ability to run their offense.  The sophomore forced turnovers and was part of numerous NHS fast-breaks.  Anna drained two 3’s, made four other baskets, and took ten free throws.  Quite a performance against a team that came in undefeated after six games.

Krysta Padellaro (17 points) in for two

Krysta Padellaro (17 points) in for two

Krysta Padellaro (17 points) had a big hand in the win as well,  She put up eleven points in the breakaway second quarter.  The ME deficit was only four (22-18) five minutes into the second quarter before the NHS junior dribbled the length of the court for one layup, drained a triple, and drove in for another layup.  Those seven unanswered, extended the NHS margin to eleven (29-18).

Two free throws by Sarah Robinson (17 points) stopped the bleeding temporarily but the Clippers came back with eight points in a row (Olivia Olson layup & 2 free throws, Krysta jump shot, Anna layup) and the lead was seventeen (37-20) one minute into the second half.

The teams played even the rest of the way.

Manchester-Essex used a zone defense.  Their trouble was getting back fast enough to get into it.  The Clippers were eager to run after every defensive rebound and collected layups at the other end by doing it.

The Hornets (6-1) were coming off an impressive win at home (39-37) against Pentucket on Friday night.

Newburyport ended up with eighteen turnovers including four straight starting the game.  ME finished with sixteen turnovers including five in their disastrous six-point second quarter.

Beth Castantini

Beth Castantini

Beth Castantini was on the Newburyport bench.  She was a 1000-point scorer for the Clippers back in the day.

Manchester-Essex box

Newburyport box

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Melanie Carter (12 points) had an impressive first quarter

Melanie Carter (12 points) had an impressive first quarter

Sarah Robinson (17 points) hit three triples

Sarah Robinson (17 points) hit three triples

Katie Hadden

Katie Hadden

Olivia Olson (12 points)

Olivia Olson (12 points)

Loose ball

Loose ball

Krysta Padellaro covered by Bridgett Kiernan

Krysta Padellaro covered by Bridgett Kiernan

Anna Hickman shot ten free throws

Anna Hickman shot ten free throws

Paige Gouldthorpe

Paige Gouldthorpe

Katie Hadden to the basket

Katie Hadden to the basket

Freshman Maggie Pons defended by freshman Bridget Twombly

Freshman Maggie Pons defended by freshman Bridget Twombly

 

 

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Girls Soccer: Newburyport and North Reading in scoreless tie

Action off a corner kick in front of the North Reading goal

Action off a corner kick in front of the North Reading goal

Pressure on Newburyport goalie Jen Stuart

Pressure on Newburyport goalie Jen Stuart

(Newburyport MA) Shutouts are not unusual for either team.

North Reading entered today’s game with nine shutouts while Newburyport hit the turf field with eleven.

Therefore, the 0-0 final score between two of the Cape Ann League’s best girls’ soccer teams was no real surprise on this warm Monday afternoon.

However, the outcome was important to both teams.  Why?  In North Reading’s last game (Thursday) they had lost 2-0 to Masconomet.  That was the second loss to the Chieftains this season.  There was a need to tighten up the defense which, led by Kirsten Bradley and Kat Hassapis, was accomplished versus Newburyport.

For Newburyport this game put to rest the memory of a disturbing 3-0 loss the Clippers suffered on September 13th at North Reading.  I did not see that game but over the twelve games since then Newburyport has only allowed one goal.  That’s what you call tightening up your defense!

Newburyport (10-1-3) needed that solid defense today as North Reading (10-3-1) had the better of the scoring chances in my opinion.

NR’s Meredith Griffin came the closest to scoring as her shot at 14:50 of the first half caromed off the crossbar.  Here is the sequence of that action involving Meredith (green), Cricket Good (4), Krysta Padellaro, and goalie Jen Stuart:nrne-a1-near-goal-1nrne-a2-near-goal-2nrne-a3-near-goal-3nrne-a4-near-goal-4nrne-a5-near-goal-5

In the second half (15:10), Haley Nathan had Clippers GK Jen Stuart defending her on the left but Haley passed instead of shooting. Haley’s pass across the goal put Jen out of position and had “open net” written all over it.  Fortunately, for Newburyport there were no Hornets breaking in from the right and the ball rolled harmlessly across the endline.  This is what that sequence looked like.  Haley Nathan is #11:nrne-a6-haley-nathan-11-set-to-shoot-or-passnrne-a7-haleys-pass-goes-through-the-creasenrne-a8-haleys-pass-rolls-out-the-other-side

Kat Hassapis about to make a save

Kat Hassapis about to make a save

The Clippers held their own on the defensive end and in midfield.  They frequently put two or three passes together.  However, the Hornets did not allow open looks.  Kirsten Bradley was especially good at getting the ball away from Newburyport attackers.  On the rare occasions that the ball got closer, there was the 2015 Cape Ann League Player-of-the-Year (Kat Hassapis) in net for North Reading.

Impressed with the play of Newburyport’s Krysta Padellaro and Margaret Cote.  Both of them displayed the fearlessness that had them winning more than a few 50-50 balls.

Newburyport goalie Jen Stuart is unscored on in nine straight games.  Next game for the Clippers is hosting Triton Wednesday (6:30PM).

Kirsten Bradley (20) and Sami Kelleher (8)

Kirsten Bradley (20) and Sami Kelleher (8)

Next for North Reading is hosting Pentucket on Wednesday at 4:30PM.

The weather was amazing.  Temperatures in the 70’s this late in October?

The last time I saw North Reading girls’ soccer was last November at Fraser Field in Lynn when they defeated Bishop Fenwick 2-1 to take the D3 North.  I got a pretty good shot of Haley Nathan driving home the game-winner.

Unusual call (to me) in this game was against North Reading for having too many players on the field.  I also saw an NR player sent to the sidelines by a referee for unsportsmanlike conduct.

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Rachel Hill (12) and Margaret Cote (11)

Rachel Hill (12) and Margaret Cote (11)

Olivia Sullivan (20) and Kaitlyn Shevlin (6)

Olivia Sullivan (20) and Kaitlyn Shevlin (6)

Chasing the ball

Chasing the ball

Kirsten Bradley

Kirsten Bradley

Cricket Good (4) collides with Meredith Griffin

Cricket Good (4) collides with Meredith Griffin

Ball in the middle

Ball in the middle

Action around Kat Hassapis (19)

Action around Kat Hassapis (19)

Jess Muise (9)

Jess Muise (9)

 

 

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