“Kara might be the best player in the league,” said Dowd, herself a two-time Northeastern Conference MVP. “What other defensive player scores and defends the way she does? She’s having a great year.”
Concord-Carlisle carried play for much of the first half yesterday, but Lodi and the defense were there to break up the attacking bids. In the second half, the Tanners pressed forward and took control by winning loose balls in the middle with excellent efforts by Caroline Colbert and Christa Trombley.
“We got away from what makes us great a little bit, but then Caroline and Christa started winning everything in the middle and looking for passes,” said Dowd. “We showed that we can turn on that switch and play with a great team.”
All-EMass striker Victoria Digiacomo went down with an injury in the first half and contributions from a number of players, including Sarah Sousa, Erika Nelson, Sarah Napolitano, Sarah Godschall, and Christine Feudo, helped Peabody retain control.
“This was a team effort without Victoria for two-thirds of the game and without Bianca. The way the kids hung together and put together an incredible second half won the game,” said Desroches. “Concord-Carlisle is one of the best teams in the state and to control the second half the way we did dictated the outcome.”
Dowd broke a scoreless tie with an end-to-end run in the 55th minute of play for an unassisted goal. She also assisted on Doherty’s tally, giving her multiple points in eight straight games.
“Hayley turned it up in the second half,” said Desroches. “She was distributing, making runs ... she’s just do dangerous with that ball.”
Lodi tied her season high with 11 saves, including eight in the second half. Peabody also defended four C-C corner kicks.
“We didn’t keep our shape well in that first half and we fixed that,” said Desroches.
Victoria Digiacomo nearly scored in the first half when she expertly headed a long pass to herself around the keeper, but her shot hit the post. The senior’s injury doesn’t appear to be a long term concern, Desroches said, while Muscato will be evaluated again later this week.