Tewksbury Boys U16-1 Swamps Wilmington
Jun 03, 2014 08:12PM
● By Bill Gilman
Tewksbury Youth Soccer.
GU10-4 Tewksbury 2, Westford 2
It was another classic between two of the most evenly matched teams in the league. Tewksbury and Westford tied in a back and forth game. Sophia Madera played great defense but really impressed on the offensive side of the field with booming kicks from long range that had Westford flinching. Paired up with the speedy Alex Fillmore Westford had a very difficult time advancing the ball. Riley Veits flashed the foot skills and passing ability that led to a fantastic Jordan Gardner goal. Mia Gaglione was once again impressive in goal only allowing one shot past her; she could only have saved it if she was a foot taller! Ashley Demers scored on a great effort play down the middle. Ashley Bielecki and Alyssa Devlin played great overall games. Nikole Gosse just missed on knocking in a crossing pass when the goalie dove across the crease. Nicolette Evangelista probably scored a goal but there is no instant replay in GU-10. Gabriella “Florida” Diaz-Archilla was the player of the game for her impressive two-way game. Gabby pressured Westford at all corners of the field.
GU10-5 Tewkbury 5, Chelmsford 1
Tewksbury GU10-5 squad hammered their way to a resounding 5-1 victory over Charlestown on a beautiful day for soccer this past Saturday (5/31). Tewksbury held the teritorial edge early in the match with several quality chances thwarted by outstanding Charlestown goalkeeping. Julia Bragg finally broke through for Tewksbury, finding the ball in a crowd and slotting into the corner for a 1-0 lead which would hold going going into the half. More Tewksbury dominance was on display in the second half as Olivia Millspaugh would strike twice on fine individual efforts from the backline. Evelyn Johnson also had a big day, recording her first and second travel team career goals.
Tewksbury's BU16 soccer team continued its path to perfection on Sunday by defeating Wilmington 3-0, notching their 6th victory against zero losses. With a week off last week, it took the Redmen most of the first half to find any rhythm. An improved Wilmington team and several missed opportunities made for a scoreless game until the 24th minute. Tewksbury started controlling the play, keeping the ball deep in Wilmington's end, so they played aggressively bringing outside defenders Scott Callahan and Josh Cardia further upfield to maintain pressure. Right sweeper Akash Ranjit covered the sideline and started the scoring play by making a pass from the right sideline toward the middle of the field where Nick McKeon was stationed. McKeon made a move around a Wilmington middie and passed ahead to Chris McCabe. McCabe was left with just the goalie to beat, which he did with a nice ball fake and dribble around the keeper, finishing into the empty net. The rest of the half was scoreless. Tewksbury doubled their lead in the 13th minute of the second half. A Tewksbury goal kick was won by middie Brandon Alves. He turned with the ball at his own 30 and blasted a great through ball that Nick McKeon reached when he blew past Wilmington's defender. Having raced past the last defender, McKeon was one-on-one with the Wilmington keeper and McKeon smartly tapped the ball low and to the left into the back of the net. Wilmington did have a few scoring chances during the game, but Tewksbury keeper Rafael Perez was up to the task, especially on one rush with the Wildcat forward coming in all alone. Perez charged out to challenge the shooter and was able to kick the ball away. Beyond that, the Redmen carried most of the play with left sweeper Andrew Boudreau keeping the ball away from his 18 and middies Alec DiCaccio and Connor MacLean applying constant pressure with good teamwork and brilliant rushes that Wilmington was just barely able hold off. With such a consistent attack, Tewksbury's third goal basically iced the game. At the 25 minute mark of the second half, center midfielder John Donovan switched field from left to right where Eric Gallant was wide open. Gallant sent the ball ahead to attacking middie Christian Lucchesi into the right corner. Lecchesi made a nice cross to the front of the net. Left foward Jeff Carr was position just inside the far post and redirected the ball into the goal. The Redmen have one more tune-up next week against Chelmsford before they head to the Commissioner's Cup tournament.