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Newburyport gets it done with PK’s to take D3 North title

 

Newburyport captains Jen Stuart, Amelia Kroschwitz, Sami Kelleher, and Margaret Cote pose with the D3 North championship trophy

Newburyport captains Jen Stuart, Amelia Kroschwitz, Sami Kelleher, and Margaret Cote pose with the D3 North championship trophy

Audra Greenblott's PK is past disappointed NR goalie Kat Hassapis

Audra Greenblott’s PK is past disappointed NR goalie Kat Hassapis

(Lynn MA) The Newburyport Clippers advance to the state D3 semifinals after defeating the North Reading Hornets on penalty kicks on Saturday afternoon/evening at Manning Field in Lynn.

The Clippers will now face Medway (18-1-2) on Tuesday night (7PM) at Westwood High School.

Newburyport (17-1-3) came away with the “W” but were outplayed and outshot for most of regulation and two overtimes.

The Clippers scored early (34:48) when Margaret Cote cashed a wonderful feed from Julia Groth in the middle.

Juliette Nadeau (2) sent in by Karlie Vesey gets a clean look.

Juliette Nadeau (2) sent in by Karlie Vesey gets a clean look.

The Hornets (15-5-1) had the answer less than five minutes later (30:17) when Karlie Vesey sent Juliette Nadeau in clean on NBPT goalie Jen Stuart.

The Newburyport coaching staff immediately called a timeout to settle things down.  They probably would have called quite a few more timeouts the rest of the way if they’d had them because the Clippers were a step slow most of the time.

On this night, North Reading could not apply the finishing touch.  Trust me, it wasn’t because of lack of setups.

Credit Clippers goalie Jen Stuart for handling the shots she could reach.  NR went over the net and just wide a number of times.

This was the kind of pressure Clippers GK Jen Stuart faced frequently

This was the kind of pressure Clippers GK Jen Stuart faced frequently

NR keeper Kat Hassapis had shots to deal with but none of the doorstep variety.

Kat Hassapis dives for Margaret Cote's successful PK

Kat Hassapis dives for Margaret Cote’s successful PK

That’s why the penalty-kick segment was just what Newburyport needed to take the Division 3 North title.

In the penalty kick part, there are five rounds unless a team builds up an insurmountable lead.  North Reading lost the toss and Newburyport opted to shoot first.

Margaret Cote and Kat Hassapis both connected in round one.

Karlie Vesey (16) and Margaret Cote (11)

Karlie Vesey (16) and Margaret Cote (11)

Amelia Kroschwitz and Karlie Vesey (wide right) both were unsuccessful in the second round.

In the third round, Krysta Padellaro put Newburyport up 2-1 while Marissa Zarella’s attempt hit the crossbar.

In round four, Kat Hassapis made a diving stop of Colleen Bryon’s try while Clippers GK Jen Stuart slid to her left to block Jessica Muise’s attempt.

In the fifth round, Audra Greenblott found the left corner and for the second straight game gave the Clippers an insurmountable lead and the victory.

This was the third time these two rivals met this season.  There was a win, a loss, and a tie for both of them.

I was at Manning Field last year when North Reading defeated Bishop Fenwick, 2-1, on a Haley Nathan goal to win the D3 North.

Krysta Padellaro (19) and Rachel Hill (12)

Krysta Padellaro (19) and Rachel Hill (12)

Newburyport has only allowed seven goals this season, not counting the penalty kicks of tournament play.

North Reading certainly played well enough to win.  Just couldn’t take advantage of their numerous chances.

Impressed with defender Jessica Muise.  Her strong foot made every corner kick a scoring opportunity.

Good crowd at an excellent facility for tournament soccer.

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2016 Division Three North champs

2016 Division Three North champs

North Reading team captains - Marissa Zarella, Kat Hassapis, and Kristina Copelas

North Reading team captains – Marissa Zarella, Kat Hassapis, and Kristina Copelas

Clippers celebrate first goal

Clippers celebrate first goal

Jen Stuart corrals a shot

Jen Stuart corrals a shot

Sami Kelleher (8) and Kirsten Bradley (20)

Sami Kelleher (8) and Kirsten Bradley (20)

North Reading threatens (Rachel Hill on the left)

North Reading threatens (Rachel Hill on the left)

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Marissa Zarella (14) gets a head on a corner kick

Marissa Zarella (14) gets a head on a corner kick

Ball in the middle

Ball in the middle

Audra Greenblott

Audra Greenblott

There was some contact

There was some contact

Kaitlyn Shevlin (6) and Colleen Byron (18)

Kaitlyn Shevlin (6) and Colleen Byron (18)

Haley Nathan (11) traps a ball

Haley Nathan (11) traps a ball

 

 

 

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Amelia Kroschwitz (goal, 2 assists) shines in Clippers 3-0 tourney win

Amelia Kroschwitz had a goal and two assists. Her she powers past a Weston defender

Amelia Kroschwitz had a goal and two assists. Here she powers past a Weston defender

Margaret Cote (11) scored a goal and played tight defense on Karenna Groff

Margaret Cote (11) scored a goal and played tight defense on Karenna Groff

(Newburyport MA) The Newburyport Clippers rode the shooting and passing of senior Amelia Kroschwitz to a 3-0 win over Weston in the Division 3 North quarterfinals on Sunday evening.

The victory will put Newburyport (15-1-3) into the semifinals against familiar Cape Ann League foe Hamilton-Wenham on Tuesday night at 7PM at the Manning Bowl in Lynn.

Amelia, the lone senior on the Clippers, was the big story as she tallied a goal in the first half and set up two teammates for scores in the second half.

#2 seed Newburyport used the large dimensions of Stehlin Stadium to their advantage regularly forcing Wildcats’ defenders to chase and protect their end.

Weston (10-6-3) had a couple of golden chances in the first half.  Sophomore Jayme Leschly had a hand in both opportunities with long throw-ins into the box.  Newburyport goalie Jen Stuart and defender Krysta Padellaro got in each other’s way on the first one and the ball came loose.  No Wildcats able to cash in a juicy rebound.  The other glittering Weston scoring chance belonged to junior Sophia Guerin who got in tight and shot right into NHS GK Jen Stuart.

That a Newburyport opponent left a game goalless was not surprising.  The Clippers have only given up a total of six goals in nineteen games.

Amelia Kroschwitz put Newburyport on the board eleven minutes into the first half.  A Wildcats’ foul, which WHS coach John Power disputed loudly, led to a direct kick.

Margaret Cote and Amelia Kroschwitz about to set the goal-scoring direct kick into motion

Margaret Cote and Amelia Kroschwitz about to set the goal-scoring direct kick into motion

Margaret Cote and Amelia were both in position to take the direct kick from about 35 yards away.  However, instead of driving the ball, Margaret tapped the ball to Amelia who did drive the ball at Wildcats’ GK Natalie Pettirossi.  The ball came in low and hard and skidded under Natalie.

That goal held up through the first half.  Clippers Cricket Good, Anna Hickman, and Audra Greenblott put testing shots on the WHS net.  The Wildcats had the two near-goals mentioned above.

That 1-0 lead felt anything but comfortable as the second half started.

I mentioned Amelia’s shooting earlier.  The second half was about her passing.

Twice in the second half Newburyport used a set play out of a corner kick to get goals.  Instead of launching the CK long distance the Clippers got the ball to Amelia on the end line.  The Wildcats acted in both occasions as if they expected a long kick and stayed close to the net.  Amelia dribbled the end line, eluded a defender and sent the ball toward the front of the net.  Amelia’s passes turned into wonderful setups with clean looks on two occasions and produced goals by Margaret Cote (34:07) and Sami Kelleher (11:47).

Jayme Leschly

Jayme Leschly

One constant was the long throw-ins of Jayme Leschly.  What a weapon that is!  From either sideline she was able to put the ball into the box and create potential trouble for the home team.

A Weston spectator told me that several of the team’s strikers were out because of injuries.  Those Jayme Leschly throw-ins might have been even more dangerous if those scorers had played.

Margaret Cote did an excellent job containing skillful Karenna Groff of Weston.  Late in the game Karenna found some open space and showed some fancy dribbling moves.

Weston won the Dual County League this season.

The Clippers played a scoreless tie with Hamilton-Wenham during the season at HW.

Newburyport hasn’t lost since September 13th.  That was a 3-0 loss to North Reading.  The Hornets, also in D3 North, face #1 seed Swampscott in the game before the HW/Newburyport matchup.  North Reading won the D3 North title last season.

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Sami Kelleher comes away after putting the ball in the back of the Weston net

Sami Kelleher comes away after putting the ball in the back of the Weston net

Sami Kelleher and Olivia Goff (3)

Sami Kelleher and Olivia Goff (3)

Katie Hadden (15) and Sophia Guerin (5)

Katie Hadden (15) and Sophia Guerin (5)

Clippers GK Jen Stuart makes a save

Clippers GK Jen Stuart makes a save

Audra Greenblott (7) dribbles along the sideline

Audra Greenblott (7) dribbles along the sideline

Collision at midfield

Collision at midfield

Amelia Kroschwitz with plenty of open space

Amelia Kroschwitz with plenty of open space

Krysta Padellaro

Krysta Padellaro

Weston coaches Rachel Wood and John Power

Weston coaches Rachel Wood and John Power

Julia Groth (14) eyes a loose ball

Julia Groth (14) eyes a loose ball

Clippers celebrate Margaret Cote's goal

Clippers celebrate Margaret Cote’s goal

This was the setup Margaret Cote (left) had after a pass from Amelia Kroschwitz

This was the setup Margaret Cote (left) had after a pass from Amelia Kroschwitz

Newburyport GK Jen Stuart reacts to a shot

Newburyport GK Jen Stuart reacts to a shot

Colleen Byron and Weston GK Natalie Pettirossi

Colleen Byron and Weston GK Natalie Pettirossi

Erin Sarocco

Erin Sarocco

Amelia Kroschwitz (5) congratulated by teammates Meredith Vartabedian, and Margaret Cote after first NHS goal

Amelia Kroschwitz (5) congratulated by teammates Meredith Vartabedian, and Margaret Cote after first NHS goal

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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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