TYSL Roundup: Girls U12-1 Wins Columbus Day Tournament
Oct 22, 2014 01:47PM
● By Bill Gilman
Tewksbury U12-1 Girls: Front Row from left to right: Alli Indinagro, Erin McIntyre, Lexi Polimeno, Brenna Cassidy, Kati Polimeno, Makayla Paige Back Row from left to right: Coach Mike Welch, Adrianna Niles, Katherine Marquis, Erin Sands, Alyssa Marchelletta, Abby MacAllister, Coach Mike Paige, Coach Emily Niles
The Tewksbury Girls 12-1 team participated in the 32nd Annual Columbus Day tournament in North Andover this past weekend, and came away with an impressive tournament win! They played Saturday late in the day winning both matches; they defeated Haverhill Meteors,1-0 and North Andover Uknighted 9-0. Again on Sunday they played an afternoon game and were victorious over Wilmington (12-1) 5-1, putting them in the semi-finals. On Monday morning they squared off against North Andover Samba and defeated them 4-1 putting the girls in the finals. In the finals they played a hard fought game against tough league opponent Wilmington coming away victorious 2-0 winning it all! The girls had a great tournament scoring 21 goals and giving up only 2. Team play proved to be the key to their success.
BU12-2 1 vs. Westford BU12-3 4
Tewksbury had a busy week following an impressive showing in the North Andover Columbus Day Tournament. They had a makeup game vs. Waltham Monday evening, and showed no signs of the long weekend, as they pulled of an impressive 2-0 victory. Timmy Sweeney and Travis Cohen combined for the shutout victory playing goalie for Tewksbury. Both made the saves when called upon, during Waltham’s attack. Defensively, Alek Cranston, Erik Impink, and Jake Pelletier continue their strong play, thwarting any effort Waltham made to get shots on net. Luke McFadyen continues his consistent play in the midfield, along with Travis Cohen, Brother Will McFadyen, Justin Rooney, and Logan Teixeira. Tewksbury was able to go up 1-0, with Will McFadyen making a nice move, drew the defender and slid a pass to Sam Barbagallo who did not waste any time shooting the ball into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead. The offense continued to apply pressure, as Andrew Della Piana and Barbagallo, and Texeira kept peppering the Waltham goalie. After Sweeney made a save, he used one of his patented long punts, Texeira was able to get a great read on the ball, went in alone and as he does all season buried the ball into the back of the net, assist going to Timmy Sweeney in goal.
As darkness started to set in, Impink and Cranston were not going to allow any Waltham offense to gain much control. Any ball that came close to the net, Cohen was able to secure. Game ended in darkness, and also ended in a 2-0 victory for Tewksbury.
The usual Saturday contest was held in Westford, who had not lost a game yet this season. Tewksbury found out why, as the game was close, until Westford scored two quick goals for a 2-0 lead. Tewksbury had many opportunities, as Della Piana, Luke McFadyen, Will McFadyen, Teixeira, Barbagallo, Cohen and Justin Rooney could not finish on multiple opportunities. Timmy Sweeney kept the game close, with many highlight film saves. Tewksbury continued to battle as most of the play was in the midfield, until Westford capitalized on a beautiful give and go, which resulted in a pretty goal making the score 3-0. Westford struck for another goal, as Cranston, Impink, and Pelletier battled all day. The game was much closer than the score, as Justin Rooney took a nice feed from Luke McFadyen, making the final score 4-1 in favor of Westford.
The GU12-3 team proved this week that the best offense is a good defense, even during a wet, cold game on artificial turf. Westford had a few drives at the Tewksbury net, but the defensive squad played hard all game to protect the Tewksbury keepers. Megan Boudreau consistently got a foot on the ball to break up Westford plays. Isabel DeSisto engaged in several foot battles on the wing. Michelle Hinkle secured the middle of the field. Aliana Kennen won all of her one-on-one challenges. Makenna Rosberg beat Westford players and cleared the ball to her teammates. Christina Wentworth was fearless in blocking Westford shot attempts. Not to be outdone, the offensive players put equal pressure on the Westford defense. Midfielder Maci Chapman sent passes up to her offensive line. Alex Fowler played strong at wing and had the most shots on goal for the team. Wing Abby Hansbury had some great drives, using speed and good footwork to beat defenders. Wing Abby Hayes worked hard on the wing to bring the ball up the field to cross for scoring chances. Midfielder Erica Hinkle hustled to help on both offense and defense. Center/midfielder Jess Scholl used smart moves and quick passes to advance the ball toward the net. Tewksbury scored in the first half when Kennen cleared the ball to Fowler. Fowler's strong shot rebounded across the box, and E. Hinkle one-touched the shot into the far corner of the net. Before the half ended Westford scored to tie the game. In the second half, Rosberg passed to Fowler, who fought hard to get a shot on goal at the far post. Hansbury wisely stayed onside, accelerating just in time to touch in the winning goal. This game's keeper duties were split between Rosberg, M. Hinkle and Boudreau, all of whom made several saves.
The Tewksbury boys won their sixth game of the season defeating an undermanned Medford squad 7-1. Dylan Paulding started the scoring for Tewksbury with a breakaway goal in the first minutes of the game. Goals by Derek Nazarro, Paulding and Michael Carlson pushed the lead to 4-0 five minutes into the game. Shea Moynihan made a strong save as Medford had a good opportunity off a corner kick. Cole Evangelista finished the first half scoring for Tewksbury. Evan Mendonca scored early in the second half. Joshua Pinto extended the lead on a goal assisted by Daniel Sullivan. Cade Barron and Chris Johnston played well defensively supporting play so Tewksbury could maintain possession for most of the second half. Medford was able to get on the board with a last minute goal.
The "Redmen Rebels" notched a win against a well-coached Stoneham team. The strong showing carried over from a 2-1 record in the Columbus Day tournament. The scoring began about 10 minutes in with Christina Cappichietti collecting a pass from Grace Morris and shooting from outside the "18". The ball got through the hands of the goalie and rolled into the net. With the Stoneham defense playing four flat and really tight the Tewksbury girls were able to use their speed to get several breakaway opportunities. This time it was Ally Wild crossing it to Olivia Houghton who blasted it inside the post. Stoneham was able to make it close by scoring off a corner but Houghton again regained the two goal lead off another pass from Wild. The opportunity was started by a great punt from keeper Madelyn Berry. Defense in the first half was impressive with Julia Strickler, Isabelle Frost, Caitilin Sheehan, and Kendall Donahoe turning away many Stoneham attacks.
In the 2nd half Stoneham again was able to pull within one with a pinball-type goal inside the "18". However it was Houghton again (unassisted) who notched the "hat trick" to regain the two-goal lead. Rebecaa Smith was relentless all day creating several opportunities for the team. Briana Walker had great footwork in the midfield to start the offense. Caitlyn Fiore had good possession skills in the corner and made some nice touch passes to Emma Scopa for additional scoring chances. Julia Cafferty in the 2nd half moved from outside mid to the net and had several nice saves. Scoring was completed for the Rebels with Houghton again racing down the side and putting a shot/cross to the middle that deflected off the goalie to the waiting feet of Wild who calmly deposited it into the open net for the 5-2 final.