Tewksbury Boys, Girls' Soccer Teams Roll On
Tewksbury Youth Soccer.
The following information was submitted by the administrators of the Tewksbury Youth Soccer League.
GU10-3 Tewksbury 3 - Westford 1
The GU10-3 team headed into the last game of the season determined to finish with a win. The team challenged Westford from the start.Isabel DeSisto wasted no time in putting Tewksbury on the scoreboard by dribbling past the defender and shooting the ball by the Westford goalkeeper. The offensive lines blended well together, with great passing by everyone. Gabriela Ortiz and Rebecca Langone teamed up in the backfield, trading shifts with Nicole Potito and Ava Paquette. Both defensive teams worked well together, breaking up Westford scoring attempts. Erica Hinkle made saves in the first half, with big kicks to clear the ball. Westford scored to tie the game, but Tewksbury came to play. Leah Casey crafted an opportunity by pushing through the Wesford defense to pound a shot into the goal, putting Tewksbury up 2-1. The offensive lines all worked well together, showing how passing creates offense. Maci Chapman, Grace Beckman, and Christina Wentworth passed through the holes in the defense. Ashley Talbot and Kiley Kennedy hustled to get to the open spots on the field. Ortiz and Potito sent several corner kicks into the box, resulting in Chapman and Kennedy shots on goal. Langone and Paquette took control of the midfield on defense, intercepting Westford passes. The first half ended with Tewksbury in control. In the second half, Kennedy took her turn as goalkeeper and Hinkle took the field. The girls continued the fast pace in the second half. Hinkle passed to Wentworth, who shot in goal with no luck. Casey passed to Talbot, who pushed the ball to Chapman for a shot on goal, but the shot hit the post. Kennedy made some good saves on the Tewksbury side. Tewksbury had another great pass sequence when a DeSisto pass to Chapman was sent to Beckman, but Beckman's shot did not fall. Beckman and Chapman also got the ball to Potito for her chance at a shot on goal, but it would not go in. Paquette, Ortiz, Potito and Langone continued their great defensive play. Kennedy grabbed a ball in the defensive zone and booted it to Wentworth. Wentworth settled the ball and passed to Hinkle, who soft-touched the pass to DeSisto. DeSisto again put her shot past the Westford keeper to put Tewksbury up 3-1.
BU16-1 Tewksbury: 4 Wakefield 0
The Tewksbury BU16-1 soccer team began their playoff run last Sunday against Wakefield. The 7-0 Redmen took on the 5-1 Warriors on a neutral field in Dracut and came away victorious with a convincing 4-0 win. The game had a physical edge to it from the opening whistle, with each team bumping and hitting. This style of play was fine with the Redmen as they had both the size and skill advantage and they were able to maintain control of the play for large portions of the game. Tewksbury opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Eric Gallant passed the ball into open space behind Wakefield's left fullback. Even with a ten yard head start, right midfielder Christian Lucchesi blew past the defender and beat him to the ball. Lucchesi then kicked the ball deep into the right corner where he further distanced himself from his opponent giving himself the time and space he needed to cross the ball to the front of the net. Center midfielder John Donovan followed the play up the middle and was in perfect position to one-time the shot into the goal. Eight minutes later, Wakefield tried to press and they pulled their defensive backfield up to midfield as soon as they managed to crack the midfield stripe. The Warriors were able to put a shot on the Tewksbury goal from 30 yards out. Keeper Rafael Perez controlled the high bounce and quickly punted the ball to start the Redmen's attack. Perez's kick was beyond midfield, so it became a one-on-one battle between a Wakefield sweeper and Tewksbury striker Nick McKeon. In the fight for the ball, McKeon and the defender collided with each other, a physical battle that Nick won. After gaining control of the ball, he was all alone against the keeper and he finished with a smart, low kick to back corner, making the score 2-0. Wakefield came out desperate in the second half and played more aggressively, trying to get the goal that would cut the lead to one. But the Redmen withstood the early pressure and essentially put the game away in the 20th minute. The Tewksbury sweepers switched fields passing from Andrew Boudreau to Akash Ranjit and finally to McKeon on the left side. From just before midfield, Nick used a good ball fake and juked around the defender and took off with the ball, setting his sights on his second score. As McKeon continued to outrun the Wakefield team, he worked toward middle of the field and blasted his shot under crossbar from 25 yards out before the defense could converge on him. The only remaining concern for the Redmen was to not sustain any injuries as the Wakefield squad grew more frustrated. The referee managed to regain control by issuing a couple of yellow cards. The rest of the Tewksbury squad was also responsible for taking the air out of the Wakefield club. Middies Brandon Alves, Phil Borges, Scott Callahan, Josh Cardia, Alec DiCaccio, Mike Flynn, Cody Souza, and Mohamad Yatim all had dominant shifts where the ball was constantly on the Wakefield half of the field. Connor MacLean just missed scoring a couple of times, once on a pass from Chris McCabe that MacLean's header rolled just wide right. In the 29th minute Jeff Carr set up McKeon's final goal with a pass to him near the 18. The Warrior defense seemed content to let McKeon handle the ball without any pressure along the top of the penalty area. Eventually McKeon saw an opportunity to shoot and he hit the back left corner with a low shot that the Wakefield goalie could not reach. The Redmen will play for the Middlesex league championship game next Sunday against Lowell, 10 AM at Woburn High School.