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The girls went into a tough week with two games in 36 hours after coming off a successful showing in North Andover over Columbus Day.
The girls got to see what playing in the big leagues was all about as they played a Thursday Night game at 7:30 PM under the lights at Woburn High.
This game had it all, the locals fought hard but could just not solve a very stingy Woburn defense. With Nicole Malfa out of action with injury and a new lineup on the field the defense never missed a beat. Michelle Farraher stepped in, Samantha Parker and Haley Pozzuto were rock solid and Sara Catanzano was just awesome. Taylor Donahoe continued her tremendous hustle and was all over the mid-field
The offense (led by Megan Braciska) had some runs with Emily Velozo, Karlayn Gallella, Karah Chaisson, Estelle Penta, Ashley Colarusso & Erin Dwinell all having some opportunities. Aria Porzio showed determination staying on the opponents and forcing them into mistakes.
With about two minutes left in the game Woburn scored on a partial breakaway as the defense got knocked down spoiling a great effort in goal by Janina Kennedy.
It was tough to lose but this was a great experience for the girls and they had nothing to be ashamed of, this was anyone’s game and was great to watch.
The girls came back home to Friendly Frasca after being on the road for a while to take on an unbeaten opponent. In this game the girls were determined to get the tough loss on Thursday out of there system. Emily Velozo continued her scoring ways wasting little time drilling one in for a quick 1-0 lead. Erin Dwinell netted her first of the season and nearly had a second as she headed a cross from Karalyn Gallella just wide. Megan Braciska banged in two and one of them was simply world class as she whirled around a defender and fired a shot into the top corner. Estelle Penta slipped another past the keeper to account for the scoring. Billerica has a potent attack and Sara Catanzano playing sweeper for the first time this year, made sure it never got untracked. Taylor Donahoe another unbelievable game and the defense of Haley Pozzuto, Samantha Parker and another strong outing by Michelle Farraher joined in. Ashley Colarusso chipped in and played some defense for the first time this year and showed well. Aria Porzio and Karah Chaisson although not showing up in the scoring line played a big role in keeping the opponents offense bottled up. Janina Kennedy came up big at a critical time (3-2) making two huge saves to keep the red ladies in the lead.
GU13-1 Tewksbury 1 Stoneham 0
Tewksbury only needed one goal to capture another shutout this past weekend. The Redmen controlled the ball for most of the game and only allowed a few shots on Samantha Mercurio who earned her 5th regular season shut out. Sam Surowiec, Kelly Fortier, Caroline Picariello, and Victoria Mirabito started the game on defense and got solid help from Dainelle Carrigg throughout the game. The Redmen were short handed due to an injury to Ashley Antonelli but the team worked hard and the midfielders made up of Madison Wescott, Allison Piracini, Emily Sessa, and Priya Vijay were relentless and kept the ball in the offensive zone. The only score came on a bomb from Sessa and the Stoneham keeper allowed a juicy rebound and Karina Crowley was perfectly positioned to grab the rebound and set into the back of the net. Kayla Devlin hit the post and the cross bar on her numerous shot attempts but couldn’t find the net in this one and Kayla Makooi had some nice chances and made some nice crossing passes. Wescott was also sent away many times by the Stoneham keeper but the offense only need 1 to secure the win and the team improved to 5-1-1.
GU12-6 Tewksbury 1 Reading 1
The Tewksbury Girls U12 Division 4A team looked to get back on the winning side against a tough Reading squad. The untamed girls carried the play for most of the game and Reading was fortunate to come out with the tie in this one. In the 1st half the defense held the Reading attack at bay with Mary-Cate Cassidy, Daisha Thompson, and Isabella Beyloune slowing the attack. Leanne Durham in goal was also excellent in denying a couple of strong attempts that got through the defense. The offense was also solid all half and 21 minutes into the game Sophia DeMatos was able to net a goal in her 2nd straight game on a nice pass from Rebecca Smith. Rebecca playing midfield supported the ball nicely all half to keep the Tewksbury attack alive. Rachel Figucia almost put in a 2nd late in the half on a beautiful free kick that the Reading keeper barely turned away.
In the 2nd half Tewksbury continued to carry the play. Offensive play was led by Jane Kirby, Janine Richardson, Caitlin Sheehan and Leanne. Leanne had a couple of nice runs at the net but just couldn’t finish them off. Sarah Boudreau played both forward and right defense with precision in the half. Kendall Donahoe switched to center midfield and was able to turn away a sure goal by Reading. Daisha playing net also was efficient turning the Reading shots away with both her hands and feet. However as time wound down, the tall forwards of Reading were able to create some scoring opportunities and with 4 minutes to go capitalized to tie up the game. Tewksbury had several scoring chances in the half and just couldn’t finish them off and will work on this in the coming weeks.
Tewksbury GU12-3 Tewksbury 5 Everett 0
Tewksbury hosted the undefeated Division 4 Everett team in a crossover match on Saturday. They were expecting a tough challenge from the potent Everett offense as well as their stingy defense. Tewksbury came out playing strong at both ends of the field starting. Starting goalkeeper Angie Bankowski was aggressive in shutting down the Everett attackers before they could get a line on their shots. The defensive work of Katie Famiglietti, Emily Langone, and Maeve Moynihan frustrated the Everett attackers as they continually got to the loose balls first and stifled their offense. Brittany Malfa put Tewksbury on the board early in the first half when she pulled in a crossing pass from Tatum Pecci and placed the ball into the open side of the net. Minutes later Sarah Ciampa sprung free in the middle with the ball and sent a pass to Tatum Pecci who took a couple quick steps before sending the ball cross corner for the second score of the game. Later in the half Tatum returned the favor by pulling the Everett defense low and away then sending a crossing pass back out to Sarah Ciampa at the top of the 18 box. Sarah got a great foot on the ball and beat the Keeper for a 3-0 lead at the half.
In the second half Tewksbury kept the pressure on and Everett was unable to find an answer to the Tewksbury forwards. Angie Bankowski used her speed to race up the sideline and get behind the defense then made a precision crossing pass over to Brittany Malfa who finished with a smooth kick to the open side of the net. Becky Reynolds and Vivi Bain were strong in the middle of the field winning more than their fair share of 50/50 balls. Vivi provided one of the most memorable moments of the game when she handled the ball and froze three Everett midfielders as she juked and faked before breaking free. Tewksbury’s final score came when Emily Milne gained some separation from the Everett attacker and sent a pass forward to Angie. Angie turned on the speed yet again and sprinted past the defenders into open space. She lined up her shot and beat the Keeper with a precision blast. Tewksbury threatened again when a handball at the top of the 18 resulted in a direct kick. Britney Bourassa nailed a hard arcing shot that pelted the top left corner of the frame for a near miss. Tatum Pecci was flawless as the second half goalkeeper making a number of big stops to preserve the shutout for Tewksbury.
GU12-5 Tewksbury 2 Somerville 0
The Redmen came up with another strong win against Somerville. In the first half Tewksbury dominated play with halfbacks Alexis Nichols and Samantha LaLonde penetrating the Somerville end and pushing the ball forward to forwards Sarah Yoken, Emily Satterfield and Jordan Garber who made some strong passes and shots on net. Strikers Molly Hodgson and Madeline MacMullin were a strong force and kept Somerville away from the net and assisted in feeding the ball to the forwards. Halfway through the first half Tewksbury came up with their first goal with left wing Brigid Voto keeping pressure on the Somerville keeper and kicking the ball past her. At the end of the first half defender Alyssa Theodos made a block and stopped a strong kick from Somerville. Throughout the first half Amanda Satterfield once again was aggressive in net with 4 saves, and strong kicks out to her wings.
The second half started with another goal from Tewksbury with Alexis Nichols gaining possession of the ball and bringing it down field and making a shot on net, the rebound came off the goalie and Brigid Voto was in front of the net and scored her second goal of the game. Tewksbury was tested a bit more defensively in the second half with fullback Molly Hodgson making strong kicks out of the Tewksbury end. Forward Alyssa Theodos and Emily Satterfield worked well together passing the ball up the field and delivering it to forward Sarah Yoken who connected with a strong kick just wide of the Somerville net. Forwards Samantha LaLonde and Jordan Garber also showed good ball handling skills made the Somerville defense work hard. Amanda Satterfield provided strong defense in the second half and made some strong kicks. Madeline MacMullin was in net for the second half and with her agility, speed and quick thinking made several strong saves. This win brings the Girls U12-5 team to a 5-1-1 record so far this season.
GU12-1 Tewksbury 2 Wakefield 0
The Tewksbury Girls U12-1 travel team won their third straight MYSL game this past Saturday against Wakefield. Tewksbury came out aggressive and played their best half of soccer of the season. Incredible passing and teamwork was displayed by the entire team. Forward Stephanie Graffeo set the tone early with heavy pressure on Wakefield’s defense. This pressure forced a loose ball that Jessica Cacciola raced to, beat her defender and then put an impressive shot past the Wakefield goalie. Tewksbury kept the pressure on, this time with their midfielders. Abigail Eskenas threaded a pass to Isabelle Picher, who blew past the Wakefield defense and blasted one into the top corner of the net. Up 2-0, Tewksbury continued to put shots on the Wakefield net. Samantha Schultz, Lillian Holden and Kelly Golini all had good scoring chances, including Golini ringing one off the post, but they were all turned away by the Wakefield goalie. In the second half, Tewksbury turned to its defense to preserve the win. Defenders Maggie Penta, Rachel Sessa and Andrea DiCiaccio kept Wakefield’s scoring chances to a minimum with excellent team defense. Lindsay Harris was outstanding in net and earned the shutout in goal.
GU9-1 Tewksbury 1 Chelmsford 0
Tewksbury GU9-1 team defeated Chelmsford GU10-1 in a 1-0 hard fought battle. The Little Lady Redmen played up in this game against a Div 1 opponent. Tewksbury's loan goal came on a hard shot from Adrianna Niles which the Chelmsford keeper initially stopped but could not hang on to. Again Tewksbury's smothering defense from Makayla Paige, Kaitlyn McDonald, and Alexis Raymond proved difficult to crack. Stellar goal tending by Izzy Carleton, Erin McIntyre and Adrianna as well as constant offensive pressure by Alexis Polimeno, Alyssa Marchelletta and Julie Figucia proved to be a winning recipe. They improved to 3-1-3 in there first season in travel soccer.
Tewksbury 2 - Somerville 0
The Redmen came up with another strong win against Somerville. In the first half Tewksbury dominated play with halfbacks Alexis Nichols and Samanath LaLonde penetrating the Somerville end and pushing the ball forward to forwards Sarah Yoken, Emily Satterfield and Jordan Garber who made some strong passes and shots on net. Strikers Molly Hodgson and Madeline MacMullin were a strong force and kept Somerville away from the net and assisted in feeding the ball to the forwards. Halfway through the first half Tewksbury came up with their first goal with left wing Brigid Voto keeping pressure on the Somerville keeper and kicking the ball past her. At the end of the first half defender Alyssa Theodos made a block and stopped a strong kick from Somerville. Throughout the first half Amanda Satterfield once again was agressive in net with 4 saves, and strong kicks out to her wings.
The second half started with another goal from Tewksbury with Alexis Nichols gaining possession of the ball and bringing it down field and making a shot on net, the rebound came off the goalie and Brigid Voto was in front of the net and scored her second goal of the game. Tewksbury was tested a bit more defensively in the second half with fullback Molly Hodgson making strong kicks out of the Tewksbury end. Forward Alyssa Theodos and Emily Satterfield worked well together passing the ball up the field and delivering it to forward Sarah Yoken who connected with a strong kick just wide of the Somerville net. Forwards Samanatha LaLonde and Jordan Garber also showed good ball handling skills made the Somerville defense work hard. Amanda Satterfield provided strong defense in the second half and made some strong kicks. Madeline MacMullin was in net for the second half and with her agility, speed and quick thinking made several strong saves.
This win brings the Girls U12-5 team to a 5-1-1 record so far this season.
Tewksbury GU14-1 2 Burlington GU14-1 0
The girls continued the strong play in this game. Emily Velozo scored early to give the locals a 1-0 lead, drilling one past the opponents keeper. This was no small feat as the opponents had given up a total of only 3 goals all year.
From that point on this game was a game that was played between the opponents end and midfield. The Tewksbury offense unable to score but keeping the pressure on and the mids and defense keeping our end of the field off limits. There was one anxious moment with about 5 minutes left but Janina Kennedy came up big and pounced on the loose ball to preserve the shutout. Megan Braciska then delivered the knockout about one minute later with a pretty goal.
The Tewksbury defense was outstanding with Sara Catanzano, Samantha Parker, Michelle Farraher all playing the usual solid games but Ashley Colarusso (playing defense for the first time this year) was simply huge.
Taylor Donahoe was over the field and Estelle Penta (taking a few shifts away from her customary Mid/forward position) was able to give her a breather a couple of times. The whole mid field/forward contingent of Karah Chaisson, Erin Dwinell, Karalyn Gallella and Aria Porzio all played a solid game for the Redmen.
The team is beginning to really hit stride now coming off 2 straight wins and is ready for a battle with Malden on Saturday at Friendly Frasca at 9:00 AM.