BU14-2 Tewksbury 1 vs Woburn 0
The 6-0 Tewksbury BU14-2 team sits alone atop their division after an impressive 1-0 win against a very competitive Woburn club. The Woburn boys had given up just one goal all season, and while Tewksbury could only muster up a single goal of their own Saturday, it was enough to come away with the important victory. Tewksbury carried much of the play in the first half as sweeper Mohammad Yatim was able to send the ball deep into the Woburn end to allow Tewksbury to maintain the attack. Forwards Adam Colon, Cody Souza, and Brendon Murray had some nice combination passes that gave them opportunities near Woburn's goal, but their big and fast defenders would not give the Tewksbury forwards a clean shot .The only goal of the game came midway through the first half when defender Eric Gallant booted the ball from midfield up to Woburn's 18, where Ameen Kalkhoran picked up the deep pass and maneuvered through three Woburn defenders with some terrific footwork, and took a great shot that passed the goal keeper and rested in the back of the net. The second half was filled with tension as Woburn was able to apply some pressure with a strong wind at their back. Goalkeeper Phil Borges had to make three big saves, the biggest on a Woburn direct kick from 20 yards out. Defenders Jeff Carr and Connor Dane were tested repeatedly to clear the ball out of their end. The stamina of midfielders Chris McCabe, Gary Dixon, and Brandon Alves was challenged as they helped defend and lead the attack on offense. Tewksbury seemed to have an insurance goal late in the second half when Jack Bicknell outran the Woburn defender and took a pass from McCabe, but it was nullified on an off-sides call. Overall it was a very physical game. At the end, the Tewksbury boys came off the field beaten up, but victorious.
GU12-6 Tewksbury 4 vs Reading 1
The Tewksbury GU12-6 team knew that it could be a tougher matchup the 2nd time around against a tough Reading team and it proved to be true. Despite controlling the tempo Tewksbury found themselves trailing 1-0 halfway through the 1st half. Then Coach Manny arrived and the girls woke up and led a fine tuned attack the rest of the way to improve their record to 5-1. Scoring for Tewksbury was Rebecca Smith, Leanne Durham, Rachel Figucia, and Sarah Boudreau. Assists came from Isabella Beyloune, Caitlin Sheehan (2), and Boudreau. Goalkeeping duties fell to Daisha Thompson and Julia Strickler.
GU12-4 Tewksbury 3 vs Reading 1
The Tewksbury U12 Division 5 soccer team advanced their winning season with a 3-1 victory over Reading. Emily Satterfield got the Redmen started with a great corner kick that was tapped into the net to put Tewksbury up 1-0. Amanda Satterfield did an excellent job as keeper in the first half stopping many Reading shots and had a terrific goal in the second getting the ball over the Reading goalie’s head into the net. Brigid Voto provided some excellent blocks and strong kicking that led to another Tewksbury goal. Madeline MacMullin demonstrated outstanding footwork and hustle on offense and helped the team control the ball. Alexis Nichols once again demonstrated great agility and tenacity breaking up numerous Reading plays and taking some good shots on net. Brienne O’Rourke and Samantha LaLonde were strong on defense and helped to keep Tewksbury in control. Jordan Garber, Kiera DeLeon and Alyssa Theodus helped out the team staying on the ball and doing an impressive job of getting it up field. Molly Hodgson kept the Tewksbury ladies on top with a great showing as keeper in the second half blocking numerous shots and shutting down Reading to help Tewksbury secure the 3-1 victory.
GU10-7 Lowell 5 vs Tewksbury 1
The Tewksbury girls struggled during the first half of this home game, but were able to hold the Lowell team to a 1-0 lead until halftime. Once Tewksbury went down another goal early in the second half, the team transitioned to a 4-forward line-up, leaving only 1 girl back on defense. Emma Fleming was outstanding as the lone defensive player, breaking up several rushes by Lowell on her own, and consistently clearing the ball back up the field to start Tewksbury moving in the forward direction. Hayley Taber and Abby MacAllister were strong on offense through the second half and made multiple convincing pushes towards the Lowell net with strong support from teammate Kaitlyn Oates. Finally, later in the second half Tewksbury broke through Lowell's defense, and Abby MacAllister scored Tewksbury's lone goal. Unfortunately, it wouldn't be nearly enough as Tewksbury was unable to fend off Lowell late in the game and lost the contest 5-1.
GU10-5 Tewksbury 3 vs Wilmington 0
After an exciting first match ending in a tie, the Tornadoes were eager to travel to Wilmington for a rematch with their sister U9 team. The game began with Wilmington forcing the Tornadoes into 2 corner kicks, but both were unsuccessful due to the efforts of fullbacks Jessica Satterfield and Isabelle Carleton. The Tornadoes then went on the attack, with winger Sara Boucher threading a pass to center Abigail Hansbury for a trip to the back of the Wilmington net. Tewksbury would continue to attack from the left wing, with Catalina Burke setting up
Katherine Marquis and Allison Indingaro each for a shot. Tewksbury would control the ball throughout the first half, but the Wilmington defense was determined to minimize Tewksbury's lead. At the half, Tewksbury led Wilmington 1-0.
The Tornadoes started the second half with fullback Makenna Rosberg making a nice clearing pass to Katherine Marquis to start the attack. Minutes later, Indingaro and Marquis would team up and take on the Wilmington defense. In a great show of teamwork, Indingaro passed the ball in front of the 18 to Marquis, who then took it behind the Wilmington keeper. Forward Sara Boucher then took control of the left touchline, bringing the ball up and across several times. The Tornadoes would follow up with their best combination play of the season. Catalina Burke passed to Allison Indingaro, who in turn sent it to the foot of Katherine Marquis for her second goal of the game. Precise passing by Caitlyn Finnegan, sharp defense by Jade Owirka, and flawless goalkeeping by Isabelle Carleton would seal the Tornado victory.
GU10-5 Tewksbury 3 vs Wakefield 1
The Tornadoes hosted Wakefield's GU10-2 team for what would be an exciting match. Tewksbury began the game on the attack. Within the first 5 minutes, forward Katherine Marquis would thread a hard shot through a swarm of Wilmington defenders and into the Wakefield net. Wakefield, determined to score, found their way through the Tornado defense for a shot that was expertly blocked by keeper Jessica Satterfield. The Tornadoes recovered with a breakaway by Abigail Hansbury, who smartly passed to Katherine Marquis for a shot. Fullback Makenna Rosberg put hard pressure on the Wakefield forwards, keeping them from approaching the Wakefield net. At the same time, winger Caitlyn Finnegan would elude the Wakefield defense several times with her footwork, ensuring the Tornado lead into the half.
Early in the second half, the Wakefield team increased the intensity. In spite of a valiant save effort by keeper Makenna Rosberg, Wakefield was able to get the ball past the Tornado goal line to tie the game. The Tornado team quickly shook off the goal, and refocused their efforts on the Wakefield net. Center Allison Indingaro would find the back of the Wakefield net on a breakaway goal, followed shortly thereafter by Katherine Marquis. With a two goal lead, the Tornadoes tightened their defense and tried to keep possession of the ball. Fullback IsabelleCarleton's goal kicks kept the ball with the Tornadoes, while Jade Owirka pushed the Wakefield forwards to the touchlines before winning the ball. Forward Sara Boucher thwarted the Wakefield attack several times, while Catalina Burke and Caitlyn Finnegan made smart passes to keep the Tornadoes in possession of the ball. This, along with unrelenting pressure by Isabelle Carleton and Jessica Satterfield, would secure another win for the Tornadoes. The finest moment of the game came after the whistle, when Wakefield showed their sportsmanship by cheering the Tornado victory. The Tornadoes, as always, showed their respect for their worthy opponents by returning the cheer.
GU10-4 Tewksbury 1 vs Wakefield 1
The Tewksbury GU10-4 team played to a 1-1 tie with the Wakefield GU10 team on Saturday. Danielle Bain played goalkeeper in the first half and made some good saves including one on a clean breakaway. Julia Garland's defense was crucial once again. Wakefield took the lead at the 30 minute mark. Sabrina Alman tied it for keeps ten minutes later. She broke by the defense at mid-field on the right side and brought it all the way to the goal. At the 37 minute mark, Caitlin Wahl made a great defensive step to the ball. Ava Nickerson played very solidly in goal in the second half. Hannah Slattery and Jessica Smith connected for a good scoring chance late in the game. Haley Spinale had a good game despite an ill-fitting uniform. Stephanie Mercurio and Rebecca Garland both played good all around games to help their team to a well earned tie against a very good Wakefield squad.
GU10-3 Tewksbury 3 vs Medford 1
Another week, another wet weeknight game. It still couldn’t slow down the Little Lady Redmen. Down 1 player, the girls stepped up to the challenge and defeated a talented Medford team 3-1. Erin McIntyre, fresh off her 9th birthday scored for the 2nd week in a row. Next up on the scoring was Julie Figucia who played by far her best game on the season. Her countless hours of extra practice the past few weeks have paid major dividends. Alyssa Marchelletta netted the 3rd and final goal to give her 3 on the season. Brenna Cassidy proved why she is the best goalie in all of GU10 Middlesex soccer. She is fearless and made 3 amazing break away saves to stifle the Medford attack. Lexi Polimeno stepped up in the 2nd half and played great for her first time in net this season. Supporting them on offense and defense were Erin Sands, Adrianna Niles, Alexis Raymond, Kayla Paige and Tess Barrett who all played major roles in the total team effort.
GU10-3 Woburn 2 vs Tewksbury 1
In their 4th game in 2 weeks, the Little Lady Redmen fell to a very technically sound Woburn team. Playing kids 1 to 1.5 years older every week is tough, but we continue to hang with every one of them. Scoring the goal for her first of the season was Tess Barrett. She made some nice cuts and had soft footwork to net the goal. With 3 games left, the girls look to get back on the winning track with 3 straight home games sprinkled in with a Memorial Day tournament to get the momentum going. Perhaps the highlight of the weekend was when I asked Alyssa Marchelletta if she knew the score, she said, “2-1, but it doesn’t matter, because we win as a team and lose as a team.” A theme I try to instill in all the kids. Kudos to her parents for raising such a respectful child.
GU14-3 Tewksbury 3 vs Chelmsford 0
The Tewksbury Redmen visited the Chelmsford Lions and came away with a 3-0 victory. The game was almost entirely controlled from start to finish by the Redmen, however by the end of the first half Tewksbury would have only one goal to show for it. That goal was scored by Karina Crowley who put a shot past the Lions goalkeeper. The defense was outstanding during the course of the game limiting Chelmsford to a few shots on net. The second half started with two quick goals by Tewksbury in less than 10 minutes. Karina Crowley scored her second goal for a 2-0 score. That was quickly followed by a breakaway goal by Emily Stewart for a 3-0 lead. Jessica Lehman almost made it a 4-0 score but the shot sailed over the crossbar. Despite many shots off the posts and crossbar there would be no more scoring and the game ended in a 3-0 victory for the girls of Tewksbury. The win gives the Redmen a very respectable 4-0-2 record so far this season. The next game for Tewksbury will be a visit to Lowell this coming Saturday.
GU14-2 Tewksbury 6 vs Stoneham 0
The first place GU14-2 team took care of Stoneham with ease on Saturday. Megan Levino got the scoring started on deflected ball off the Stoneham keeper. Kayla Devlin sent a bomb in and the goalie got her hands on it but the ball went right to Levino who tapped it in. Just a few minutes later Devlin made a rush towards the goalie and tapped it in with her left foot to put the Redmen up 2-0. Sara Baptista then brought the ball down the right side of the field and sailed a shot over the Stoneham goalie to make it 3-0 at the half.
The defense didn’t have a lot of worked to do in the first half as the midfielders: Maddy Wescott, Allison Piricini, Samantha Mercurio, and Emily Sessa controlled the ball and kept it in the offensive end.
At the start of the second half Devlin put the Redmen ahead 4-0 with another left footed shot that she placed perfectly. Ashley Figucia made a nice move to beat her defender but rang the post on her shot and Levino was right there to scoop up the rebound but her shot went wide. Kayla Makooi made a nice pass to Sessa who drilled it past the Stoneham goalie. With the game well in control the Redmen switched things up on the field and got a little lax and Kate Gilbert had to make 3 great saves in a row. One save was made from her stomach as she dove and then crawled for a ball to preserve the shut out. The defense got back to work and Victoria Mirabito, Sam Surowiec, Kelly Fortier, Stephanie Travis, and Tayler Laycox shut the Stoneham offense down. There were a few tense moments as Stoneham made a huge push to get on the board but Gilbert and the defense sent them away.
The Redmen were then awarded a corner kick and Sessa, kicking from her favorite side, bent the ball into the net to make the score 6-0. Stoneham never gave up during this match and on a fluke ball off the post Gilbert spun around and hit her head on the post and went down. The crowd went silent but Gilbert got up and appeared to be ok. The ball went out of bounds off the Redmen and with Mercurio in net for the injured Gilbert; the Redmen preserved the shut out. With this victory the team has increased their lead to 8 points over their competition. The team travels to Westford Academy on Saturday for a rematch with Westford.