Girls Soccer

Hornets fall in finals


North Reading's defense stiffened in the second half Saturday in the Division 3 North girls soccer finals but by then it was too late as the Horbnets fell to Lynnfield 3-1. Marissa Zarella scored North reading's lone goal on an assist from Tori Brown and Katerina Hassapis made 6 saves.

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Girls Soccer, 11/15/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Concord-Carlisle ends North Andover's season

CHELMSFORD — Despite coming off a seven-win season North Andover girls soccer coach Lisa Rasanen was convinced her Scarlet Knights could go far this fall.

"I told (the girls) when we came into the season when we had our parent and player dinner that we could do well," said Rasanen, whose 7-9-3 rookie campaign was the program's only losing season since at least 1988. "And they came into the season ready to go. They put a lot of work in the offseason. And within the first week of the season, I knew this was a special group."

Unfortunately, the road ended last night in the Division 2 North semis with a tough 1-0 loss to ninth seeded Concord-Carlisle. It was fifth-seeded North Andover's deepest playoff sojourn since dropping a similar score to Chelmsford in the 2011 Division 1 semifinals.

A pair of 2-1 early-sectional successes over Danvers (on penalty kicks) and Marblehead proved the final victories in the Knights' 16-3-2 season.

"We had some injuries last year, and some more this year, but we played through them," said Rasanen, who spent 11 as the school's JV coach until taking the top position last year. "This is probably one of the best teams North Andover has ever had in terms of team chemistry.

"They play together and most games, I'm playing 17-18 players. One through 18 on our team is very competitive, and I think that's led to our success this year."

In last night's finale, Concord-Carlisle (13-4-3) recorded the game's only goal 117 seconds into the match when a North Andover defender fell chasing a loose ball that Patriot forward Meg Wilson knocked in from a tough angle.

The Knights had several scoring opportunities in a first-half in which they out shot the Patriots. The best chance came with 8:30 remaining when a North Andover throw-in resulted in a loose ball that slipped past CC goalie Lorin DeMuth but was knocked back in play by defender Angela Ortiz at the last moment.

After intermission, however, the offense struggled to find consistency with only four shots on net.

"They went to five defenders in the second half," Rasanen said of CC's strategy. "They were playing to not have us score and we just couldn't break through in that second half."

While disappointing, this season-ending defeat won't dampen North Andover's optimistic future.

"We came from a losing season, and we were able to turn things around," Rasanen said. "We have some great talent coming up in the program and this is something we can build on the success we had this year. We're more motivated and we're better prepared mentally."  

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Girls Soccer, 11/13/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central stumbles in semis

LYNN — According to the Division 1 North soccer pairings Central Catholic went just as deep into the postseason as anticipated when the seventh-seeded Raiders dropped yesterday's quarterfinal match to third-seeded Lincoln-Sudbury 1-0 at Manning Field.

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Girls Soccer, 11/11/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Late Karalis goal lifts Knights

Abbie Karalis missed a late penalty kick but North Andover's junior all-conference forward didn't pout. Five minutes later, she tallied the game winner in a 2-1 win over No. 4 Marblehead.

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Girls Soccer, 11/07/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Haverhill loses in tourney to A-B for second straight year


Marlayna Buco had a tremendous day, stopping 17 shots but ninth-seeded Haverhill lost 2-0 to top-seeded Acton-Boxboro in the Division 1 North quarterfinals in girls soccer action. Haverhill also lost 2-0 to Acton-Boxboro in the quarterfinals last year. "But this was a much closer game," Haverhill coach Fred Tarbox said. Last year, the Hillies posted their best win percentage and first tourney victory since going varsity in 1994. Haverhill won its second tourney game in program history with a 1-0 victory over Brookline in the first round Tuesday. "This the most successful senior class at Haverhill High (for girls soccer)," Tarbox said. The Hillies (8-6-5) also won their third consecutive MVC Division 2 title. Acton-Boxboro (18-0-1) scored on a corner kick and a shot from about 35 yards out. "Marlayna had a perfect day in net," Tarbox said. "Nothing she could have done about the two goals. In the wet conditions, she had good hands. On the corner, it was unfortunate. We were unable to clear it out." The other goal was placed perfectly, Tarbox added. "We put a lot of pressure on them, especially in the second half," Tarbox said. "I felt we outplayed them in the second half. A couple of twists and I think we would have been into overtime with them. But they are very talented, strong team. They play like a college team."


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Girls Soccer, 11/06/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pelham ousted

Pelham girls soccer's historic season ended with a 2-0 loss to No. 2 Raymond in the semifinals. Amira Eid made 13 saves, 9 in the first half, for the Pythons. Seniors Lauren Anderson, Jess Coakley and Devon Sacca fought to the bitter end for first-year coach Jon Hall's club. Pelham went 10-9, a staggering improvement after going just 18-152-5 in the previous 11 seasons.

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Girls Soccer, 11/05/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Zarella, Hornets win thriller

With just 15 seconds left in double-overtime, Tori Brown took the ball down field and fired a pass to Marissa Zarella, who made a move and scored to give No. 9 North Reading a 1-0 upset of top-seeded Newburyport in the Division 3 North quarterfinal.

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Girls Soccer, 11/05/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Collins, Knights win in PKs

Meg Collins made a clutch diving save on the third penalty kick and North Andover's Taylor Casale, Abbie Karalis, Amanda DeMaio and Mikayla Guthrie each made their PKs to give the Knights a 2-1 win over Danvers Tuesday night.

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Girls Soccer, 11/04/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Stanton goal stands up, Hillies advance

Kerrin Thomas sent Grace Stanton in all alone midway through the first half and the junior found the back of the net and Haverhill held on to blank Brookline 1-0 in the first round of the Division 1 North girls soccer tourney.

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Girls Soccer, 11/04/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Fast start


Jenna Martin scored 36 seconds into the game and Central Catholic scored four times in the first half in an easy 5-1 victory over Medford in the first round of the Division 1 girls soccer tournament.The Raiders will be at powerful Peabody Wednesday.

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Girls Soccer, 11/03/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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