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Warden's first career goal (a 40-yarder) saves Knights

LYNN — We can pretty much guarantee that North Andover High senior captain Jeff Warden’s surprising 40-yard blast from the right side, that went over the outstretched arms of the Concord-Carlisle goalkeeper with only 15 minutes left in the game, was the biggest goal of his high school career. And it wasn’t simply the fact that it lifted the undefeated Knights past its state tourney rival, 1-0, and into the Div. 2 North final tomorrow is one thing. It was also the first goal of the All-Conference (and probably All-State) defender’s exemplary career. “It’s funny. I usually stay back on corner kicks,” said Warden. “Coach (Kyle Wood) was yelling, ‘Step up! Step up!’ So I did and the ball came right to me. I hit it has hard as I could, kept my head down, and when I looked up the ball was in the back of the net.” This goal by Warden, as unexpected as it was, had been in the works for a few months, if not years. “We’ve been talking about Jeff scoring a goal all season,” said Knights coach Kyle Wood. “When there is space in front of him, we want him to come up and play the ball. On that play, it’s exactly what happened.” The game was exactly as expected — tough. Last year, North Andover beat C-C, 3-1, in the Div. 2 North Finals.  Concord-Carlisle, which hadn’t lost a game since its season opener against Cambridge Rindge & Latin (1-0), seemed to have an edge, as expected, with skill. The top-seeded Knights are noted for one of the stingiest defenses in the state, with Warden usually in the back. “We’ve beaten them now twice, but before that we’ve had problems with them in the state tournament,” said Wood. “It is one of the well-coached, well-disciplined programs we play. They have tons of skill.” Amazingly, Concord-Carlisle, only had two great scoring opportunities, one with only 17 minutes left in the first half, but the strike went wide by a foot as Knights goalkeeper Marc Patnaude just missed the ball. On C-C’s other close call, Marc Patnaude barely steered the ball away, thanks to a dive. Which brings us back to North Andover’s four-man defensive unit — all seniors. Mike Canale came out of nowhere from behind to kick away what seemed to be a breakaway with 14 minutes remaining. Conor Lacy, one of the fastest players on the field, was his usual solid self. And Todd Patnaude was, according to Wood, one of the best players on the field. “Our defense is as good as it gets,” said Wood. “The thing is we were playing a flat formation (four across), but they were killing it in the first half. We changed up to a triangle, with Todd at front of it. He was great. They all were great.” North Andover’s top offensive performer all year, Mike Skarbelis, was marked closely by C-C’s 6-foot-2 defensive star, Julien Feshbach-Meriney, for most of the game. But for one game, it didn’t matter, thanks to Warden. “Defense will always be my game,” smiled Warden. “I got my one goal. That’s enough for me.” North Andover now goes against its biggest rival in soccer the last three decades, Masconomet Regional, back here in Lynn tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. The programs haven’t met since North Andover left the Cape Ann League last year. “They are a great team,” said Coach Wood. “It’s never easy this time of year.”

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Boys Soccer, 11/10/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sanborn out in Division 3 state semis

The amazing run by the 14th-seeded Sanborn Regional boys finally came to an end, but not after an amazing scoreless tussle with No. 2 Bow, that went all 100 minutes into penalty kicks.
The Indians, who stunned both the No. 3 and 6 teams on the ride into Merrimack Valley last night, came up just short as Bow advanced to the Division 3 state title game, 1-0. They finish the year at 11-9 and say goodbye to a stellar senior class including Shaun Howard, Jon Brown, Brendan Mahoney, Tyler Peterson, Jared L’Antigua, Jackson Rowell, Kyle Lord, Kevin White, Sean Foster, and Abe Scully.
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Boys Soccer, 11/07/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Warren leads Georgetown upset

Jared Warren scored two goals and assisted on a third as No. 5 Georgetown upset top-seeded Lowell Catholic 4-1 in the Division 4 North semifinals. The Royals now advance to the North Finals to take on No. 7 Hamilton-Wenham on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. at Manning Field in Lynn.

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Boys Soccer, 11/06/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Brandano stars, but Hornets bow out

Billy Brandano made seven big saves, but No. 3 North Reading fell to No. 2 Watertown in the Division 3 North semfinals. The Hornets received stellar defensive efforts from from Zach Herman, Ben Schille and Peter Walsh.

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Boys Soccer, 11/06/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Shutout for Hornets

 

 

North Reading's boys soccer team scored a goal from Jake Intorcio with 10 minutes left and then relied on its defense to defeat Marblehead 1-0 in a Division 3 quarterfinal matchup. Peter Walsh, Ben Schille and Zach Herman were exceptional on defense and Bill Brandano made four saves for the Hornets (13-5-1), who will face No. 2-seed Watertown tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Chelmsford.

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Boys Soccer, 11/04/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Spreading it around

 

Georgetown's boys soccer team got goals from three different players and assists from two others in a Division 4 quarterfinal matchup with Ipswich. The Royals (11-2-7) were tied 1-1 at halftime but dominated the second half. Gus Savage needed to make only four saves.

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Boys Soccer, 11/04/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Thrilling upset

 Shaun Howard made 17 saves and Kyle Lord and Austin Clough both scored to force overtime in a Division 3 boys soccer quarterfinal showdown between  Sanborn and Stevens. 

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Boys Soccer, 11/03/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Defending champs prevail

Defending Division 2 boys soccer champion Windham trailed 1-0 Souhegan at halftime but the Jaguars changed that in a hurry with second-half goals by James Baiguy and Andrew Lowman that came within 1:30 of each other.

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Boys Soccer, 11/03/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Four scores for Skarbelis

For the first time in his school career, Mike Skarbelis scored four goals in one game. His unbelievable effort led North Andover boys soccer 4-0 over Whittier in the first round of the Division 2 North tournament. 

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Boys Soccer, 11/03/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Grant lifts NECC

Northern Essex opened up with a 78-65 win over New Hampshire Tech. Ryan Grant led the Knights with 24 points and 5 steals and 10 rebounds. Derek Andreoli backed him with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Peterson Morency added 10 assists and 9 steals.

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Boys Soccer, 11/01/13 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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