(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’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.
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 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.
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