(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Tewksbury Youth Soccer League.)
Tewksbury Tigers GU12-5 team vs. Wakefield. A great game played by both sides. This is a new team and our chance to really gel as a group. The girls were amazing in all facets of the game. We had two goals scored by Vanessa Green and then another by Rebecca Langone. The goals were assisted by solid play from Sarah Boone, Molly Cremin and Ava Piccolo. Our defense was superb led by Ailani Padilla, Courtney Rowe, and Megan Haley. Our goalie- Erica Spurr was on fire! Rounding out our Tiger team contributions with solid performances- Emily Zadig and Evelyn Johnson. Great first team win! (3-1)
BU10-3 Tewksbury 1 vs. Waltham 3
The Tewksbury Boys U10-3 soccer team played their first game of the season against Waltham. Tewksbury lost 3-1 despite a strong team effort. Waltham opened the scoring early in the game. Cade Barron and Matthew Slagle put a lot of pressure on the Waltham defense and narrowly missed tying the score. Good defense by Noah Healey and Gregory Mercado and a few big saves by Ryan Feudo kept Waltham at bay for most of the remainder of the half. However Waltham was able to add a goal just before halftime. In the second half Robert Welch and Edward Doyle played well defensively. Byrce Pare, Nathan Laboy, and Ryan Winter worked together offensively. That teamwork paid off when Pare scored off a nice pass from Laboy.
GU12-5, Tewksbury 3 vs. Wakefield 1
It was a great start to the season as Vanessa Green scored her first 2 goals of the season while Rebecca Langone added her first of the season. The girls played inspiring soccer with Ava Piccolo and Sarah Boone leading the way with high energy competitveness. Sya Padilla was a stalwart at defense and Erica Spurr helped perserve the victory as Wakefield made a second half charge. The whole team played well and this was a solid team effort that led to the win. Go Tigers!
BU10-5 Tewksbury 1 vs. Wakefield 4
It was a great first game for team U10-5 boys. They played well defensively and offensively with our lone goal coming in the second half. Richard Constantino and Austin Mannetta shared goalie duties and both did a fabulous job. Danny Holmes, Nathaniel Jean-Francois and William Fillmore were outstanding on offense, passing and brining up the ball and had multiple scoring chances. A few shots by William Fillmore and Nathaniel Jean Francois were hard shots that missed by inches. William finally sent one sailing mid second half. Wakefield scored their first three goal in the first half and the tight Tewksbury defense held them to one in the second. Kyle Sandberg, Ethan Zadig, Jason Lombardi and Johnny Bielecki kept the ball going on defense and worked hard to keep the ball out of their net. Kyle Sandberg, Ethan Zadig and Jason Lombardi also worked the ball up the field to William Fillmore, Danny Holmes and Nathaniel Jean-Francois. Johnny Bielecki made some nice defensive plays keeping the ball out of the net. When not in net Austin Mannetta was outstanding on offense and defense as was Richard Constantino. Great game played by all.
GU10-5 Tewksbury 4 vs Wakefield 1
The Tewksbury GU10-5 team kicked off the season in great fashion in Wakefield Saturday.
In the first half, Isabel Forbes started things off by netting a pair of first half goals and the team never looked back. Anya Cranston threw a shutout in and made the big stop when it was needed.
In the second half, Delia Conte picked up where her teammate left off and scored the next two. The first one coming off a beautiful crossing pass from Cadence Odams Kennedy Pereira made a strong showing between the posts ensuring the victory.
The story of this game was the tenacity of the entire team in chasing down every loose ball. Emalee Boyce, Galil Levinson and Olivia Nester swarmed the ball all over the field. The defense led by Sara Rivard and Sahithi Lingareddy with strong minutes from Cranston as well made it impossible for the challengers to do anything.
So now its off to Westford for a 9/19 showdown.
TYSL GU10-2 5 vs. Billerica GU10-2 5
The Tewksbury Girls U10-2 team kicked-off the 2015 Fall season at home with a real sizzler against Billerica U10-2. Rhiannon Anderson netted a brace while Tea Nickerson, Stephanie Mercurio and Claudia Melo each recorded single tallies. Avery Della Piana made two key saves in the early going to ensure a tie score at the half. Tewksbury went ahead 5-4 late in the second half only to see Billerica find pay dirt on a rebound off the bar; fairly earning a well contested draw just minutes from full-time.
Westford GU12-5 0 vs. Tewksbury GU12-4 5
The Tewksbury Girls U12-4 team sprinted out of the gate with an impressive 5-0 result over Westford U12-5 in Westford, MA. The Tewksbury girls dominated possession in the early going seeing several quality chances either thwarted by stout defending or just finding their way wide of frame. Alyssa Devlin broke through for the red and royal mid-way through the first half, firing home a pile-driver off a free kick just outside the penalty area. Devlin would follow her opening act with a clinical finish slotted inside the far post to send Tewksbury into the half comfortably up 2-0. The Lady Redmen continued to pour on the pressure with Leah Casey, Ava Paquette and Christina Wentworth rounding out the scoring in the second half. Callie Finnegand and Majie Welton shared goalkeeping duties while securing the first clean sheet of the season.
GU12-2 Tewksbury 2 – GU12-2 Westford 0
The Tewksbury GU12-2 “Thunder” headed to Westford on the fast turf of Nutting Field for their season opener. The Tewksbury girls were pumped up and ready to play and started the game with the ball in their possession. Carrina Barron, Ashley Bielecki and Victoria Lavargna immediately put offensive pressure on the Westford defense and took several early shots on net deep in the offensive zone. Ashlyn Nawn anchored down the mid-field in opening minutes with a few Westford take aways and kept the ball in Tewksbury’s possession. Tewksbury’s defense of Brooklynn DeGrechie, Kiley Kennedy and Maci Chapman stepped up to close the gap in transition and turned back Westford’s early offensive attack denying them any quality scoring chances. On the offensive line change, Madison Forigone, Jamie Constantino and Jordan Gardner came in and exploded into the offensive zone. All three forwards had several quality scoring chances narrowly missing the net each time. Mid-way through the 1st half, left-wing Victoria Lavargna received the ball at mid-field from Maci Chapman. Victoria dribbled the ball up the left side and used her skill and physical strength to get through the Westford defense. Center forward, Carrina Barron shifted over to support and received the pass from Victoria. Carrina took the one-time shot to the near side and got it past Westford’s keeper to put Tewksbury up 1-0. Westford had a few offensive breaks but were turned away by Tewksbury’s 1st half goalkeeper, Megan Cunningham who had a couple of good saves. Tewksbury kept solid pressure on Westford and dominated the mid-field with play from Ashlyn Nawn, Maci Chapman and Kiley Kennedy. Tewksbury continued to put up shots but couldn’t find the back of the net. The Thunder didn’t get frustrated and played their game. 26 minutes into the period they got their break. Westford’s defensive deflection at the end line earned Tewksbury a corner kick. Brooklynn DeGrechie took the corner kick and put up a great shot to the near side. Westford cleared the kick back to the outside just a few feet from where Brooklynn positioned herself. Brooklynn stepped into the ball, took the shot and put it up high in the far corner to score and put Tewksbury up 2-0 to close out the half.
In 2nd half play, the Tewksbury Thunder continued to work the ball well and showed some well executed give and go passing inside their offensive territory. Tewksbury forwards, Madison Forigone, Ashley Bielecki, Jordan Gardner, Carrina Barron and Jamie Constantino continued to dominate Westford offensively and gave themselves several quality scoring opportunities. Midfielders Ashlyn Nawn and Maci Chapman kept the midfield locked down and provided great support to Tewksbury’s offense and defense. Megan Cunningham joined defenders Kiley Kennedy and Brooklynn DeGrechie in the backfield and played tough defense. All three defenders made several nice runs up the sidelines to control possession and keep the ball in Tewksbury’s offensive territory. 2nd half Tewksbury goalkeeper, Victoria Lavargna did a great job in net closing down Westford with the few 2nd half scoring chances that they had and sealed up the 2-0 shutout for the season opener. Overall great team effort by the GU12-2 Tewksbury Thunder in the 1st game of the season.
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