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Ipswich Out in the D3 North Quarter Finals 3-0 to Lynnfield in Girls Soccer

Alison Johnson (5) sees plenty of daylight and scores the second Lynnfield goal.

Scout Benson (11) defended by Shannon McFayden (3) and Courtney Long.

(Ipswich) Who saw this coming?

The girls soccer rematch in Division 3 North between #4 Ipswich and #12 Lynnfield turned into a rout, 3-0, for the visiting Pioneers in the Division 3 North Quarter Finals on a sunny Monday afternoon at Ipswich High School.

These two teams had played three times in the last year and were unable to get the best of each other in regulation time in any of them.  The first occasion was in the D3 North semis on November 11, 2010 and that tie was eventually broken in the 9th round of penalty kicks by Tiger Bryn Golesworthy.  The next two meetings were this season and ended in 2-2 and 0-0 ties.

Wouldn’t you think they’d still be evenly matched in this game, with Ipswich having a slight advantage at home?  I even checked on the MIAA site on how penalty kicks are arranged in tournament games!

On this day, however, Lynnfield never gave Ipswich a chance.  They scored early in each half and had an All-League goalie (Nareh Sahakian) as the last defender.

Nareh Sahakian deflects a direct kick by Hannah Weagle over the crossbar in the second half.

Nareh’s best save of the day was a deflection of a Hannah Weagle direct kick twenty-six minutes into the second half.

Scout Benson was also a key piece in the Pioneer win.  The CAL hurdles champ, from this past outdoor track season, pressured the Tiger defense with speed on the right wing and had an important foot in both Lynnfield first-half goals.  Ipswich employed man-to-man coverage on her but not effectively.  Scout’s speed put her in a position to get hard shots at the Ipswich goal.  Those hard shots turned up juicy rebounds for teammates Kimmie Duhaime and Alison Johnson that were converted in the decisive first half.

Scout got off the first shot of the game and Kimmie put in the rebound at 1:45.

That first goal had a lot to do with the Lynnfield second goal (16:40) because when Scout again broke down the right wing the Ipswich defense collapsed toward her.  Molly Markos had the near post secured.  Scout’s hard shot, was to Molly’s right and deflected off her hands to Alison Johnson.  Alison had time to stop the ball, turn to face the goal, and get off an uncontested shot to the uncovered left side.

This was not the last time Scout would pressure from the right wing but thereafter the Ipswich defense kept goals from resulting.

Shot by Lauren McCarthy slips past Tiger defenders for the third Pioneer goal.

Another Lynnfield All-Leaguer (Lauren McCarthy) netted the third goal early in the second half.  Kimmy Duhaime forced a left corner kick.  Instead of taking a shot on the corner kick, Allegra Dicesare tapped a pass to Lauren. Her hard shot went quickly past a group of Ipswich defenders in front of the Tiger net.

Lynnfield is now undefeated in their last eight games with seven of them being wins.

Ipswich came into this game undefeated in their last sixteen.

When I talked to IHS coach Nancy Waddell before their game with Newburyport I asked her about the tournament.  She mentioned that you can get tough teams with mediocre records in the early round and she specifically mentioned Weston and Lynnfield.  Sure enough, they both end up in her team’s bracket.  She did get by Weston, which defeated the Tigers in the D3 North finals last year but not Lynnfield.

Scout Benson

Scout Benson was in prep school during the 2010 Lynnfield soccer season.

Good crowd on hand at Welch Stadium on a pleasant weather afternoon.

Next game for Lynnfield will be the Semifinals on November 10th (Thursday) against the Shawsheen/Georgetown winner.  Georgetown beat Lynnfield 4-1 in October.

(I take my own pictures and give my own commentary.  Mistakes can be made.  I own any of them.)  The pictures enlarge to normal size when you click on them.

Kimmy Duhaime

Kimmy Duhaime (4) after LHS goal #2

first half action in Lynnfield end

Lauren McCarthy

Hannah Weagle

LHS coach Mark Vermont

IHS coach Nancy Waddell

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Ipswich Wins Penalty Kicks Thriller Over Lynnfield to Reach D3 North Finals

Bryn Golesworthy blasts first goal for Ipswich. Later the Tiger sophomore would tally the game winner in the 9th round of penalty kicks.

(Lynn) Tough last 24 hours for Lynnfield soccer, as both of their very good high school soccer teams exited the state tournament via the excruciating penalty kicks route.

First the boys lost to Rockport on Wednesday night at Manchester as they were closed out in the 4th round of the penalty kicks.  Late yesterday (Thursday) afternoon, the Pioneer girls reached the dreaded penalty kick game-settler and lost in the ninth round to Ipswich at Manning Field.

I witnessed both games and admit that I didn’t realize totally how the penalty kick part worked.  Now I do, and that makes the Division 3 North semifinal girls soccer game between Ipswich and Lynnfield a true classic.

The penalty kicks go for five rounds unless one team earlier than five rounds gets an advantage that can’t be overcome.  That “unless” part is what happened to the Lynnfield boys.  When Keady Segel of Rockport hit his penalty shot in the 4th round it gave Rockport a 3-1 advantage.  When Keady then followed that up with a save in the bottom of the 4th on the next Lynnfield shooter, the game was over.

Bryn Golesworthy (#4) and Tiger goalie Hannah O’Flynn celebrate the game winner.

In the girls game the score was tied 2-2 after five rounds.  Talk about tense.  DiCesare Allegra had given Lynnfield a 2-1 lead in the top of the 5th round.  The game would have ended if Tiger Samantha Brown hadn’t scored in the bottom of the 5th round.  But she did and then the game entered the “next goal wins” stage.  Seven shots were taken and every one of them was a potential game winner!  You talk about a pressure builder!  Bryn Golesworthy finally hit the winner and put Ipswich in the Division 3 North finals with Weston (#1 seed ) back at Manning Field on Saturday afternoon (1PM).

Manning Field was a windy place when the game started and I thought Ipswich had the better of the play with the wind.  In a game with few clean looks Bryn Golesworthy got one in the first half and Ipswich had a 1-0 lead on her goal assisted by Hannah Weagle.

The wind lessened in the second half but Lynnfield didn’t need any help.  They started to descend on the Ipswich end regularly forcing the Tigers to make numerous clearings.  Lauren McCarthy evened things for Lynnfield out of a scramble to the right of the Ipswich goal.

Brittany Hunt (19) tracked down by Courtney Long (24) and Grace Gardner (3).

The rest of the half and through the two overtimes I give Lynnfield the edge.  They had more finesse, meaning they could put several passes together.  However, their passes didn’t lead to clear shots at the Ipswich goal thanks to a Tiger defense led by tireless Courtney Brown.  There was a soccer ball or two in dangerous spots but no one from Lynnfield could get a clear shot.  Ipswich made a few runs but with CAL All-Leaguer Hannah Weagle being closely watched there was little offense to be seen on their part.

That led to this match being settled by penalty kicks.  Years from now folks, recalling this game, will remember Bryn Golesworthy’s goals, and Hannah O’Flynn’s saves (7-of-9 penalty kicks).  Hopefully, also included in the memories will be Samantha Brown’s successful penalty kick in the bottom of the 5th round.  A miss by Samantha and Ipswich loses.

I have to complement the setup at the Manning Field facility in Lynn.  Just beautiful.  Here’s a place that: is clean, has seating, has bathrooms, has a turf field, has a working scoreboard, has a speaker system, has locker rooms, has food/drink, has team rosters, and has parking.

(All of this information is unofficial.  I hope that gives me a pass on spelling errors and misinformation.)

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