TYSL Roundup: GU12-3 Blanks Waltham, 3-0
Oct 28, 2015 11:53AM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Tewksbury Youth Soccer
October is registration month for Spring Travel Soccer. The deadline to register is THIS SATURDAY - 10/31/15! Registration is open online at the Tewksbury Youth Soccer website. Please register early to avoid late fees.
It was a hard fought intense game but in the end both teams played great and tied 2-2. Tewksbury jumped ahead first in this one with a great shot by Brynn Capistran. Wilmington scored the next 2 goals, but the Tewksbury girls never gave up and played their game. Midway through the second half, Krissi Macdonald set up Erin Costello who scored and tied the game. The girls tried to pull it out in the last few minutes with many hard shots by Kelli Anderson, Alexis Rooney, Paige Crowley, and Rachel Lochiatto. Gianna Flynn, Adrianna DiGiacomo, Elena Lochiatto, and Maya Medera continue to make it difficult for the opposing offense to get much going. As always, Beth Trout and Krissi Macdonald were solid in net making huge saves for Tewksbury. The girls are excited to be playing back at Frasca next week against Lowell.
The Tewksbury Boys 10-3 team played to a 1-1 draw with Somerville. Bryce Pare, Ryan Feudo, and Noah Healey started the game strong earning a number of scoring chances. Pare got Tewksbury on the board in the 5th minute with a nice shot that beat the Somerville goalie. Robert Welch, Edward Doyle, Ryan Winter, and Nathan Laboy worked well together putting more pressure on the Somerville defense. Late in the first half Somerville was able to get its own chance and scored to tie the score. Tewksbury controlled much of the second half with defensemen Matthew Slagle, Cade Barron and Greg Mercado earning possession and keeping the ball in Tewksbury’s offensive half. Late in the game Somerville was awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box. Goalkeeper Feudo made a diving save to preserve the tie for Tewksbury.
The GU12-3 team continued their undefeated season against a challenging Waltham team. First half goalkeeper Kiley Viets(Riley Veits) made many, many key saves, including a one-on-one breakaway, to keep Waltham off the scoreboard. The Tewksbury defense, anchored by Sophia Madera, constantly pushed the ball away from the Tewksbury new. Ashley Demers intercepted Waltham passes before they were converted to offensive plays, while Nicolette Evangelista caused havoc for the opposing left wings. Tewksbury caught their first break when Evangelista broke up a play, sending the ball to midfielder Sarra Barkallah. Barkallah dribbled past a defender then passed to Brianna Gagnon. Gagnon dodged the defender and put the ball past the Waltham keeper to put Tewksbury up 1-0. Tewksbury continued to pester the Waltham defense with Erica Hinkle and Noellia Cura speeding down the wings on the fast turf. Isabel DeSisto and Olivia Millspaugh were key offensive threats with nice footwork, fantastic field views and great passes to the forwards. Fiona Green showed great anticipation, constantly beating Waltham to the ball. Green cleared one ball through the midfield to Gagnon, who bested the defender and scored goal number 2 to make it 2-0 Tewksbury. Tewksbury continued to be tough, playing through some aggressive play. Millspaugh used skilled footwork to get a pass to Fillmore, who rifled a shot into goal to put Tewksbury up 3-0 before the end of the half. In the second half of the game, Gagnon took her turn in goal and made great plays all half to keep Waltham off the scoreboard. The team still poured on the offense, spurred by the fresh legs of Riley Viets at forward. The second half was a battle to keep Waltham off the scoreboard, and Demers came up huge with a defensive save on the goal line to maintain the shutout. Madera, Evangelista, Green, DeSisto and Demers played great team defense to turn back the Waltham offense. Barkallah and Millspaugh dominated the midfield to convert Waltham advances to Tewksbury charges. Hinkle, Cura, Fillmore and Viets (Veits) persisted in pushing through for offensive threats. Tewksbury held onto the shutout with the final score of 3-0.
The Tewksbury GU12-2 “Thunder” faced the Billerica GU12-2 team in their 2nd match up of the season. The Tewksbury girls knew that they would be challenged on the field but were up for the task. With Billerica winning ball possession on the coin toss, the Tewksbury “Thunder” knew what they had to do. First, regain possession of the ball and second play well to maintain ball possession in their offensive zone to create scoring opportunities. It was near perfect game plan execution for the Tewksbury “Thunder” in 1st half play. Tewksbury center, Carrina Barron swarmed in after the Billerica kick off and got the ball into Tewksbury’s possession. Carrina headed into offensive territory with forwards, Madsion Forigone and Victoria Lavargna and went in on the attack. In a great series of combination plays, Carrina, Madison and Victoria put the Billerica defense back on their heels and took some early shots on net which were stopped by the Wilmington goalkeeper. On the line change, forwards, Jamie Constantino, Ashley Bielecki and Jordan Gardner kept the offensive intensity alive for Tewksbury. All three girls had scoring opportunities of their own with shots missing wide or brought down by good Billerica goalkeeping. As hard as the Tewksbury forwards worked in the offensive zone, the outstanding play of the Tewksbury midfield and backs allowed Billerica absolutely no offensive momentum or scoring opportunity the entire 1st half. Tewksbury midfielder, Kiley Kennedy stayed in position and stepped up and denied Billerica any offensive movement up the middle. Tewksbury defensive backs, Maci Chapman, Brooklynn DeGrechie and Ashlyn Nawn were rock solid and played aggressively creating a wall which Billerica could not penetrate. Maci and Ashlyn worked the outside lines and distributed the ball perfectly to the Tewksbury forwards throughout the half. Center back, Brooklynn DeGrechie’s defensive timing was perfect and she provided outstanding midfield support. The defensive trio denied Billerica getting inside the 18 yard mark and getting any shots off the entire 1st half. Tewksbury goalkeeper, Megan Cunningham had no touches on the ball but remained supportive in net. Although Tewksbury dominated 1st half play, Billerica’s fast defense and quality goalkeeping kept Tewksbury out of the scoring column and the ended the half tied 0-0.
In 2nd half action, the Tewksbury “Thunder” knew that they had to keep up the intensity and create better opportunities to beat Billerica’s fast defense. Tewksbury continued to play well but Billerica turned up their intensity generated some early offensive momentum. Tewksbury defenders, Megan Cunningham, Brooklynn DeGrechie and Maci Chapman responded well to the Billerica pressure and limited scoring opportunities. Billerica got their scoring chance but two big saves mid-way through the half by Tewksbury, goalkeeper Victoria Lavargna kept them from taking the lead. Tewksbury forwards, Ashlyn Nawn, Jamie Constantino, Ashley Bielecki, Carrina Barron, Jordan Gardner and Madsion Forigone continued great play throughout the half and had several quality scoring chances. Tewksbury midfielder, Kiley Kennedy continued to pressure Billerica and provided terrific support to the Tewksbury offensive and defensive units. With only minutes left in the game, Tewksbury regained offensive control and worked deep in their offensive zone. Center, Carrina Barron took the ball inside the 18’ and looked to put a pass through to the wing. Left wing, Madsion Forigone was open and Carrina made a perfect pass. Madison stepped into the pass and took the quick shot for the game winning goal giving a Tewksbury a hard fought 1-0 victory.