TYSL Roundup: GU10-4 Hammers Chelmsford, 7-0
Sep 23, 2015 04:26PM ● Published by Bill Gilman
The Tewksbury U10 Boys soccer team did battle with Melrose on Saturday under sunny skies at the Frasca Fields complex.
BU10-3 Tewksbury 6 vs. Lowell 0
The Tewksbury Boys U10-3 soccer team earned their first win of the season beating Lowell 6-0. Bryce Pare scored in the second minute of the game to give Tewksbury a 1-0 lead. Tewksbury came close to extending the lead later in the half when Matthew Slagle played a beautiful cross in the penalty box, but the following shot was saved by the Lowell goalkeeper. Solid defense by Cade Barron and Gregory Mercado allowed Tewksbury to take the lead into halftime. Tewksbury’s offense came alive in the second half. Robert Welch assisted the next four goals with Barron, Edward Doyle and Ryan Feudo (2) finding the back of the net. Barron closed the scoring with a goal assisted by Noah Healey. Ryan Winter worked hard all game getting the ball up the sideline to start the Tewksbury offense.
The girls went into the game having to play short one player. (Only two subs) The girls were up for the challenge coming off a win last week. The game was on turf- a surface new to most of our players. They played hard and evenly matched the first half. We saw strong efforts on offense from Molly Cremin, Ava Piccolo, and Vanessa Green. The defense as well fantastic- Megan Haley, Ailani Padilla, and Courtney Rowe played so strong and held on with the heat coming off the turf field. Our goalie was also again fantastic. Erica Spurr stopped any shot that came her way, and as well was able to make great kicks out of our zone to keep Westford out of any offensive chances. The second half we tried to change things up having the amazingly versatile Rebecca Langone cover for Erica in the net. She too made great plays! We had a chance for the win late in the game with a penalty kick, but the game ended in a tough tie at 0-0. Rounding out the terrific Tiger play were Evelyn Johnson and Emily Zadig, who helped out on both defense and offense for our team.
The U10-5 boys played a hard, fast paced game this past Saturday, earning the first win of the season. The first goal came quick in the first half earning Nathaniel Jean-Francois his first of the season. Using his speed and nice foot work, Nathaniel sailed one over the Melrose goal. Tight defense by William Fillmore, Andrew Ryder, Austin Mannetta and Danny Holmes kept the ball out of Tewksbury territory. Melrose did have a few scoring chances, but Kyle Sandberg made some spectacular saves in net. Jason Lombardi, Ethan Zadig and Noah Brooks added to the offense and defense in the first half. The second half brought three more goals and strong net defense by Jason Lombardi. Danny Holmes, Austin Mannetta and Andrew Ryder each added a goal. Kyle Sandberg, Ethan Zadig, Noah Brooks Nathaniel Jean- Francois, Jason Lombardi and William Fillmore kept the ball moving and kept Melrose to few scoring chances in the second half.
The Tewksbury GU12-2 “Thunder” hosted neighboring rival, Billerica on Frasca Field for their 2nd game of the season. The starting offensive line of Jordan Gardner, Jamie Constantino and Madison Forigone delivered an immediate hit to Billerica’s defense when they took possession deep in their offensive zone in the starting minute. Left wing, Jordan Gardner sent up a great shot inside the 18 only to hit the post. However center, Jamie Constantino crashed the net and got her foot on the rebound to put the ball deep in the net for the score and put Tewksbury up 1-0 only 50 seconds into the game. The early goal gave the Tewksbury “Thunder” a boost of confidence and kept possession predominantly in their offensive zone. Ashlyn Nawn controlled midfield play well and provided excellent support to the offensive and defensive lines in the opening minutes as well.
The Tewksbury “Thunder” defense was held down by Brooklynn DeGrechie, Megan Cunningham, Maci Chapman and Kiley Kennedy. All played solid defense and moved the ball well to keep it in Tewksbury’s possession. The trio of defenders denied Billerica’s offense generating any offense momentum. Maci Chapman, Kiley Kennedy and Ashlyn Nawn rotated in midfield coverage for the half and consistently distributed the ball well. The few Billerica offensive attempts were held short and handled confidently by Tewksbury’s 1st half goaltender, Victoria Lavargna. Midway through the half, Billerica’s frustration was evident and tripping penalty was called inside the box which gave Tewksbury a penalty shot. Brooklynn DeGrechie took the kick only to narrowly miss the goal wide. Carrina Barron and Ashley Bielecki made some great offensive rushes but were unable to get the ball past the Billerica goalkeeper. Billerica’s physical game led to Tewksbury earning 2 additional penalty kicks but neither were converted into goals for the Thunder. Tewksbury ended the half up 1-0 with great team play.
2nd half play began with Billerica in possession of the ball. Billerica showed early signs that they would not be backing down and put early pressure on Tewksbury’s defense. However, the Tewksbury “Thunder” responded to the pressure and created their own opportunities. Forwards, Ashley Bielecki, Carrina Barron and Victoria Lavargna had an offensive rush of their own which sent the ball wide of goal and set up a Billerica goal kick. Tewksbury positioned themselves for the kick and were ready to win possession. Left wing Victoria Lavargna read the kick and moved on the incoming ball in front of the Billerica defender. Victoria got possession and dribbled by another Billerica defender and then blasted a hard shot past the Billerica goalkeeper to score and put Tewksbury up 2-0 five minutes into the half.
Tewksbury got a bit loose on defense and Billerica drew their own foul outside the 18 earning their own direct kick. Billerica took the kick which missed and rebounded off Tewksbury. The ball went back into play and set up other Billerica shot which brushed over the fingertips of Tewksbury, 2nd half goaltender Ashlyn Nawn and gave Billerica their first goal of the game making it 2-1 Tewksbury. Tewksbury forwards, Madison Forigone, Jordan Gardner, Ashley Bielecki, Carrina Barron, Jamie Constantino and Victoria Lavargna continued the 2nd half offensive battle and gave themselves several scoring chances.
At the 23 minute mark, Victoria Lavargna stripped the ball from Billerica 30 yards out. Victoria handled the mounting defensive pressure well as she aggressively dribbled to goal. With no one left but the goalkeeper, Victoria took the shot and put it far and away to score her 2nd goal of the game and put Tewksbury up 3-1. Tewksbury’s defense of Megan Cunningham, Kiley Kennedy and Brooklynn DeGrechie played tough the final minutes to ward off Billerica’s counterattack and helped seal up the win for the Tewksbury “Thunder”.