TYSL Roundup: GU10-2 Finishes With Perfect Record, Plays for Commissioner's Cup
Jun 17, 2015 10:22AM
● By Kieran Gilman
Asst Coach, Rob Adams; Alana Price; Brooklynn DeGrechie; Asst Coach, Luke Barron; Leah Casey; Darya Mehrabani; Head Coach, Beth Cunningham; Alex Fillmore; Mackenzie Hickey; Ava Paquette; Carrina Barron; Alyssa Adams; Megan Cunningham and Avery Della Piana.
The Tewksbury girls knew that they could continue execute but needed to focus on finishing for 2nd half play. Tewksbury center, Carrina Barron wasted no time to start the scoring. Less than a minute into the half, Carrina stole the ball from Reading’s offense at half field, dribbled by the defenders and took a shot that blasted into the back of the net and gave Tewksbury a 2-0 lead. Only minutes later, Carrina took possession in Tewksbury’s offensive zone and set up Alana Price with a nice pass. Alana controlled the ball well and put the shot in the far corner to score and put Tewksbury up 3-0. At the 5 minute shift change, goaltender Avery Della Piana came out of the game with any uneasy stomach. She proved to everyone with 30 minutes of great play what it means to be “Tewksbury Tough”. Megan Cunningham went in to resume the goaltending responsibility and did a great job distributing the ball back to the Tewksbury offense from Reading’s limited scoring chances. Brooklynn DeGrechie and Darya Mehrabani continued their rock solid aggressive defensive play and contained Reading’s limited offensive momentum. 15 minutes into the half, Alana Price and Carrina Barron paired up for another Tewksbury scoring opportunity. This time, Alana dribbled the ball inside the box and set up the quick pass to Carrina who nailed the shot scoring her 2nd goal of the game and increased Tewksbury’s lead to 4-0. The game was in its final minutes but Tewksbury forwards, Alyssa Adams, Alex Fillmore and Leah Casey showed no signs of slowing down. The trio continued to move the ball well up field and set up quite a few late Tewksbury scoring chances. In the final seconds, Leah connected with Alex on a great crossing pass. Alex put up the one timer to score the goal and literally close out the game with a 5-0 win. The win gives the Tewksbury GU10-2 girls a final 8-0 record on the season. The perfect record earned them a 1st place overall finish in MYSL Division 2. The girls will be playing this coming weekend (June 20-21) in Woburn, MA for the Commissioner’s Cup.
Without a game plan most of the team found themselves playing many different positions, with six different players filling in at stopper. The defense of Kendall Donahoe, Caitilin Sheehan, and Isabelle Frost were strong all day. Keeper Megan Cabral had enough chances come her way which she scooped up. Cabral also was able to play the field for some of the game after playing most of the season in net. Kiley Tibbetts in perfect position all day collected a ball in a support position and short passed it to Olivia Houghton who scored to make it 3-0. Then a few minutes later it was again Houghton on a nice pass from Emma Scopa. Scopa struck the ball well all day and was a commanding presence in the attacking third. Smith completed the scoring with a beautiful one-touch with the outside of her foot into the net. Briana Walker played sharply at outside mid coming back deep into the defensive third several times to stop the Wilmington attack. Grace Morris played strongly at 5 different positions on the day. Caitlyn Fiore had a dominant 2nd half showing her great trapping and first touch skills to keep the ball in the attacking end. Rebecca Defrancesco had quality chances in the middle and also played strong at the stopper position. Victoria Schille was dependable as ever being in the right place when you least expected and had a great chance down the right side that went wide. Eryn Taber was energetic as always and playing through a slight injury was great at getting control of the ball in the midfield.