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Chip Sherman’s Penalty Kick in 2nd Overtime Sends Masconomet Past Medford in Division 1 North Semi-Finals Boys Soccer

(Lynn) It took penalty kicks for Masconomet to get past Acton-Boxborough in the quarter-finals and it took a Chip Sherman penalty kick in the second overtime to oust Medford in the semi-finals on Friday morning at Manning Field in Division 1 North boys soccer.

#6 Masco (15-3-3) will face #16 Billerica (12-5-6) in the D1 North finals at noon back at Manning Field.

Let my pictures and captions take you through what happened two minutes into the second overtime to end the scoreless tie.

Chip Sherman cuts back on defenders Gilbert Simas and Matheus Anastacio and heads for loose ball.

Chip Sherman, with ball on right foot, breaks in on commited goalie Bryan Peguero as the referee gets a clear view of the action.

Chip Sherman (6) shifts ball to left foot as goalie Bryan Peguero trips him.

Chip Sherman sets up for PK as Medford players question the referee.

Chip Sherman (6) moves in on penalty kick.

Masco players rush to their fans with Bryan Peguero down in foreground.

John Dumbuya – Mustang scoring threat

A very important part of the Chieftain victory was the way that Wes Shrewsbury marked John Dumbuya of Medford.  In the Mustangs two wins in the tournament and in games during the Greater Boston League season, the talented senior has gotten past multiple defenders for goals.  In this one, he got loose at the six-minute mark of the first half, dribbled into the middle and struck a shot that may have put a dent in the top crossbar over Masco goalie Derek Grammer’s head.  At that point, I began to figure John for a goal or two before the game ended………but that didn’t happen.  Wes Shrewsbury defended better thereafter, not letting John ever get into a shooting position the rest of the way.

Keeyon Olia of Masco had a golden chance in the first half.  He had lots of net to shoot at from the left.

Medford coach Mike Petrides claimed afterwards that Chip had taken a dive on the OT penalty call and that the referee should have let it go.  However, in my picture the referee has a very good look at the play.  Bryan Peguero was down and out and Chip had shifted the ball to his left foot just about to shoot at an open net.  Bryan had no choice but to take out Chip’s right leg to trip him and at least temporarily prevent the goal.

In the penalty-shots round versus Acton-Boxborough, Chip was the Chieftains’ first shooter.

The Mustangs had many good players.  The thing I noticed especially were their defenders.  They didn’t panic to pressure and used teammates.  On the other end, I was surprised that big threat John Dumbuya wasn’t in the middle of the field more.  He might have lost Wes Shrewsbury in traffic occasionally or at least drawn some direct kicks.  Instead, John camped out on the right wing waiting for the action to come to him making it easier for Wes to deny him the ball.

Derek Grammer (green shirt) first half save

Masco goalie Derek Grammer made several saves in traffic during regulation.

Medford coach Mike Petrides was let go from coaching this past April but was reinstated late in July after significant support from players and parents came forward.

I rode to this 10AM game in rain which didn’t last.  The sun came out during the game and a crosswind persisted throughout toward the spectator’s grandstand.

Manning Field is an excellent spot for tournament soccer.  There is plenty of parking, seats, bathrooms, and pizza.

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Jameson Semerzier (4) & Chip Sherman (6)

Keeyon Olia (9) open net chance

Adam Grammer (1) & Masco coach Dave Mitchell (red stripe)

John Dumbuya (11) and Wes Shrewsbury (10)

Tighe VanLenten (11) heads over Erik Baptiste (9)

Derek Grammer

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Masconomet Gets By Acton-Boxborough in Penalty Kicks in Division 1 North Boys Soccer

Masconomet goalie Derek Grammer (green shirt) is mobbed after the Chieftain victory.

The referee explains the penalty kick process to A-B goalie Andrew Hoang and MHS goalie Derer Grammer.

(Boxford) It took six rounds of penalty kicks to finally separate Masconomet (14-3-3) from Acton-Boxborough (10-8-2) and a scoreless tie and allow the Chieftains to move on to the Division 1 North semifinals versus Medford on November 11th (Friday) at 10AM.

The Colonials had a 2-1 advantage after three rounds of penalty kicks but Masco goalie Derek Grammer blocked their next three attempts while the Chieftains converted 2-of-3 including the clincher by Justin Clark in Round Six.

Masco fans swarmed the players at game’s end.

Playing on a field with no scoreboard surprised me for such an important game but it turned out that there was no need for a scoreboard.  There were decent looks by both teams in the 100 minutes of soccer that led to the PKs  but the defenses were just too good especially Andrew Hoang in the A-B net.  The most dangerous plays were the corner kicks and the throw-ins.

This is the way the penalty kicks went:
AB           X    G    G    X    X    X
Masco    G    X    X    G    X    G

First Round

Ryan Rose – miss

Chip Sherman – goal








Second Round

Ross Schulman – goal

Chad Burke – miss







Third Round

Tommy Wilson – goal

Adam Grammer – miss







Fourth Round

Ethan Raymond – miss

Wes Shrewsbury – goal







Fifth Round

Emir Hankour – miss

Alex Brown – miss









Sixth Round

Panyin Otoo – miss

Justin Clark – goal

Justin Clark (18) looks for MHS goalie Derek Grammer after game winner.










Penalty kick tidbits: Chad Burke hit the goal post.  Alex Brown took the PK in Round 5 despite being helped off the field earlier.

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Adam Grammer (1) good look

Charlie Behrens (7) header

Jeff Panella (27) clears from Steve DeLeo (23)

Chip Sherman (6), Andrew Curran (6), Ross Schulman (4)

Derek Grammer keeps ball away from Graham Saunders (8).

Ethan Raymond & Adam Grammer

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Newburyport Softball Defeats Masconomet 7-3 for Thirteenth Win

Centerfielder Eleni Kacher relaxes after catching the final out in Newburyport’s win over Masco.

Molly Rowe – retired eleven of the last twelve batters in a complete game win.

(Newburyport)  The Newburyport softball team defeated Masconomet, 7-3, on Monday afternoon at overcast Cashman Park in Cape Ann League action.

Newburyport (13-3) continues to roll along.  They’ve won ten of their last eleven games.  Masconomet (4-12) continues to roll along as well but unfortunately for them it is in the opposite direction – they’ve lost eight of their last nine games.

The Clippers stacked up five runs in the second inning to recover from a 1-0 deficit and that was enough as Molly Rowe limited the Chieftains to four hits over the last five innings.

Molly had five strikeouts and retired eleven of the last twelve batters she faced.

Newburyport was hitless in their first inning but erupted for twelve hits off of Masco pitcher Molli Marshall the rest of the way.  Other than the five-spot in the second, the Clippers had solo runs in the third and fourth.

Masco picked up two runs in the 4th and then their bats were nearly silent the rest of the way.

Kendra Dow – Clipper shortstop had three hits and scored two runs.

Kendra Dow led the Newburyport attack with three hits while scoring two runs.  Cassie Davis, Shannon Brunault, and Rachel Webster each had two hits.

Julia O’Reilly and Kiki Brown collected half of Masco’s eight hits between them.

Julia’s first hit in the top of the first was a well-placed bunt that attracted the attention of pitcher Molly Rowe and first baseman Rachel Webster.  Unfortunately, for Newburyport, no one was covering first and it turned into a hit.  Two hits later the Chieftains had a run (RBI by Molli Marshall) and runners on second and third with one out.  However, Molly Rowe K’d Taylor Evans and handled Lissa Rescigno’s grounder to get out of the jam.

In the Newburyport second, the Clippers mixed five hits together with a throwing error by third baseman Julia O’Reilly.  Newburyport batted around in the five-run outburst.  Shannon Brunault, Rachel Webster, Maddy Stanton, and Lea Tomasz had RBI.

The Clippers picked up their 6th run in Inning #3. Kendra Dow singled, went to second on a wild pitch, and to third on Taylor Summit’s single.  She came home on shortstop Taylor Evans’ throwing error.

Julia O’Reilly – two hits and RBI

Kiki Brown – two hits and run scored

Masco tallied two runs in the fourth inning.  A walk (Lissa Rescigno), a hit (Kiki Brown), and a sacrifice bunt (Courtney Gotts) put runners on second and third with one out.  Third baseman Maddy Stanton decided to go home with Samantha Martin’s grounder and was too late to get Lissa Rescigno.  Julia O’Reilly’s single to left brought Kiki Brown home with the second run.  Still threatening with runners on second and third, Molly retired the next two hitters to limit the Masco damage.

Newburyport got a gift run in the bottom of the fourth.  Cassie Davis singled, went to second on a passed ball, and reached home on third baseman Julia O’Reilly’s 2-base throwing error.

NHS coach Peter Murray was heavily into landscaping the Cashman Park field when I arrived early.  He made the usual puddles disappear.

What can you say about the weather!  The good news during this game was that there was no wind and it didn’t actually rain.  Bringing an umbrella to a game this season has been almost as important as trying to guess which of the three home fields the Clippers will be playing on.

Molli Marshall – Masco pitcher

Molli Marshall was just about the most relaxed pitcher I’ve seen.  She was carrying on conversations even while she was pitching!

After a missed popup by her third baseman Julia O’Reilly, who was wearing a mask, Molli said, “Take off the mask and let them see the dye job!”  Comedy Central material!

Clipper shortstop Kendra Dow continues to impress with her strong, accurate throws.  I learned that she grew up throwing a baseball rather than a softball.

I’m still looking forward to Wednesday’s game at Amesbury between the Indians (16-1) and the Clippers (13-3).  The Indians were beaten by North Reading on Saturday.  The Clippers lost, 10-9, in their earlier non-league meeting with Amesbury.

Both teams have qualified for the post-season.  At stake could well be a share of the CAL Division 2 title.

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Shannon Brunault heads for third

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Masco Girls Excel in Regular Season

I interviewed Masco girls’ coach Bob Romeo recently (February 27th) about the terrific 19-1 regular season his team just finished.Masco coaches 2-27-08

(Pictured is Coach Romeo with his assistants: JV coach Becky Iseman, freshman coach Karen Babbitt, assistant coach Leo Burke)

The Chieftains returned three starters from a 20-3 squad that reached the Division 2 North semifinals last year.  A look at this season’s stats indicates that each of those returning starters (Annie Burns, Jamie White, and Caroline Stewart) has been significant in the success of the 2007-08 squad.  Annie is the assists leader, Jamie the steals leader, and Caroline leads in just about everything else.

Caroline’s per-game double/double (17 points/12 rebounds) has gotten her to the Boston Herald All-Scholastic level twice.  Even better for the 6-footer has been the full basketball scholarship she recently accepted to Boston University.

New starters this year are junior Krissi DiBenedetto (7+ points per game) and senior Meredith DeAngelis.  “One of the unsung heroes on this year’s team is Meredith,” said Coach Romeo.  “She’s just 5-7 but we usually put her on the other team’s biggest kid.  She’s our defensive stopper.”

The Masco girls were 13-0 in the Cape Ann League and had to defeat their archrival Pentucket in the process.  “Pentucket was the favorite to win the league and we beat them here by two points (55-53) in a whale of a game.  We were down by six with a couple minutes left but we came all the way back and iced it with free throws at the end.”

Masco’s only loss was in Game 3 against nonleague Cardinal Spellman in overtime.  Coach Romeo contended that the loss did his team a lot of good.  “Cardinal Spellman was ranked #1 in Eastern Massachusetts so we knew that they would be tough but that’s what we want in the nonleague part of our schedule.  We played great against them but at the end both Caroline and Jamie fouled out.  The good that came out of this was that we had to put inexperienced sophomores (Julie Galvin and Carly Kiernan) into the fire and they gained valuable experience.  It also was an important lesson to Caroline and Jamie that their value to us in on the court not fouling people.”

The Chieftains rolled off 17 straight wins after the Cardinal Spellman loss and were seeded #1 in Division 2 North. 

I asked the 6th-year coach to compare this team to other one’s he’s coached at Masco.  “I’ve been told that this may not be the most talented team I’ve ever had but it could be the best.  It may well be that these kids are more in synch with each other.  They spend a lot of time together away from the court.”

One of the team’s most positive supporters is Jamie’s father (Jo Jo White – Boston Celtics).  “The only words we get from him are words of encouragement.  I know that during the off-season he’s done a lot of work with Jamie.”

The team will need to win four games to get to the Division 2 championship game in Worcester on March 15th.   It could well happen.

(Appeared in The Town Common in an issue dated March 5th)

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