Salem 4, Beverly 2: Down by two goals to arch rival Beverly at halftime last night, the Salem High boys soccer team didn’t hear the usual tactical strategies or rah-rah speeches from head coach Mike Collins at halftime.
Instead, they heard about Eddie Rodriguez, a 12-year-old boy from Salem and a sixth grader at the Collins Middle School whom the team was dedicating the game to. Eddie, who is waiting for a lung transplant, was scheduled to be at last night’s game, but instead was in the hospital last night.
With Eddie in mind, the Witches stormed out for the second half and scored four unanswered goals to knock off the Panthers, 4-2, under the lights at Bertram Field.
“We talked about Eddie before and after the game as well as at halftime,” said Collins, his team now 10-2-2 on the season. “I can’t give away the secret to (what was said at halftime), but basically it was it was all about Eddie and how he’s a fighter.”
Senior captain Jason Alas scored twice for Salem, while Austin Shea and Robert Abreu also found the back of the Beverly net. All four goals were unassisted.
Captain Conor Leahy had given the visiting Panthers (8-4-2) the lead with a pair of first half tallies.
Danvers 5, Winthrop 0: Captain Eric Martin had two goals and two assists as the Falcons rolled to 11-2-1 on the season. Captain Matt Hogan also scored, as did senior Drew Piazza and Nikolay Sahkin.
Pingree 6, Landmark 3: The teams combined for five goals in the first eight minutes in a wild game. The Highlanders (2-5-3) settled down to win with two goals by Cam Knowles and single markers by Nate Corning, Harry Copeland, Reese Fulmer, and Connor Reardon and a solid effort by keeper Hayden Stewart.
Marblehead 1, Saugus 0: Sophomore Mia Bongiorno scored in the 55th minute of play to lift the Magicians, who at 8-4-2 have qualified for the Division 2 North tournament for the first time since 2009. Senior keeper Cassie Rodgers made 22 saves in the winning effort while Sarah Katz assisted on Bongionro’s winner.
“It feels like a huge weight lifted off the team, and we’ll have a revived focus in getting prepared for the tournament,” said Marblehead coach@text1SportsBriefScore: Andrew Bub, in his first year as Magicians coach. “Tournament play will be a real unique opportunity for a lot of these young ladies.”
Peabody 7, Lynn English 0: The Tanners (14-0) ran their unbeaten streak to 38 games with seniors scoring every goal on Senior Night. Cayla Bucci had a goal and an assist, Hayley Dowd scored twice with an assist, Victoria Digiacomo had two goals and Christine Feudo and Nicole Pavao also scored. Senior Thalia Cartegena had two assists while classmates Micayla Sabino, Stephanie Breen and Ashley Bettore were key contributors.
Danvers 7, Winthrop 0: Junior Delaney Zecha and sophomore Shannon Pohle each scored two goals as the Falcons (11-2-2) soared. Kaitlyn Bates and Meaghan McKenna also scored and Leah Ciampa and Maddie Mucci split the shutout for Danvers, which hosts Swampscott is a special breast cancer awareness game on Monday (6:30).
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Hamilton-Wenham 15, Georgetown 48: Kevin Rutigliano (19:09) led a pack of six Generals that finished together as Hamilton-Wenham wrapped up the dual meet season 7-3. Sam Arhard, Matt Gillis, Michael Allara, Jack Blatchford and Lucas Cruz Nasciamento rounded out the top finishers for H-W.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Hamilton-Wenham 15, Georgetown 50: The Generals (10-0) won their 97th consecutive dual meet while wrapping up their eighth straight undefeated season and Cape Ann League regular season championship. Emily Weigand (25:47) led a group of H-W finishers that included Claire Paccione, Meg Blatchford, Maddie Lanois, Sarah Duffy, Carrie Goodrich and Emily Horgan.
Hamilton-Wenham now turns its attention to this weekend’s Bay State Invitational followed by the CAL Open and Eastern. Mass meets in the coming weeks.
“This is good timing for us,” said H-W coach @text1SportsBriefScore:Steve Sawyer. “This weekend’s meet is at Northfield Mountain, which is where all-stars are, so it’ll be good to experience what that course is like. It’ll give us an idea of where we are we as prepare for the big meets.”
Ipswich 26, Manchester Essex 29: The Tigers grabbed three of the top five places overall to finish the dual meet season 6-4. Sarah Keiran won the race in 19:05 while Tina Keiran was third in 19:38 and sophomore Annie Zampitella was fifth in 21:55. Freshman Michela Hedderman (22:52) and sophomores Maggie Brown (23:55), Marcella Mastrocola (24:05) and Claire Frey (24:55) also ran well for Ipswich.
Peabody 1, Marblehead 0: Joanne Frangias scored on a penalty stroke late in the first half as the Tanners (8-4-3) officially qualified for the state tournament for the second straight season. Holly Smith earned the shutout in goal with a strong second half performance while Diane Mignault with some strong midfield. Meghan Gabel and Mimi Goetz played well for the Magicians (8-4-2).
Swampscott 2, Gloucester 0: The Big Blue improved to 13-1-1 with unassisted goals scored by Alexa Steriti and Tori Thistle. Gabby Rizzo and Tessa Beane had outstanding games on defense.
Danvers 4, Revere 0: Rachel Trocchi and Nicole Pszenny scored first half goals while Raquel Leslie netted a pair in the second half as Danvers improved to 7-5-3. Nicole Kamens, Sarah Potter and Trocchi all had assists for the Falcons, who need one point in their final three games to qualify for the state tournament.
Masconomet 2, No. Reading 0: Juniors Belle Ives and Maddie LeFreniere notched unassisted goals as the Chieftains remained unbeaten on the season at 14-0-1. Mary Lee Hutchinson played well on defense and Becca Phillips set the tempo offensively.
Manchester 1, Rockport 0: Anna Heffernan scored for the Hornets (14-1) while senior Maddi Bistrong earned the shutout with six saves.
Newburyport 7, Hamilton-Wenham 0: The Generals (3-8) received solid defensive efforts from junior Taylor Ward and Caroline Fallon.
Bishop Fenwick 3, Arch. Williams 0: With a 25-17, 25-18, 25-15 sweep the Crusaders (13-4) earned a share of the Catholic Central League title. Junior Kate Lipka led the way with 15 kills and two blocks, Gianna Pizzano had 13 kills and Tessa McLaughlin contributed 30 assists.
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 3, Northeast 0: The Bulldogs (11-4) swept 25-16, 25-21, 25-8 thanks to Kiley Morgan’s excellent setting. Emma Brouchard had a solid match in the hitting department and Zoe Barnes had a good serving outing.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE TENNIS
Salem State 5, UMass-Dartmouth 3: The Lady Vikings (8-4) outlasted the Corsairs in the Little East semi-finals, advancing to tomorrow’s conference final at Bridgewater State. Michelle McEwen/Jessica Spinale and Maddy Ward/Anna Yaskell won the top two doubles matches to put SSU on top while Ward and Spinale won straight singles matches. Sophomore Lauren Woods then won at No. 6 singles to clinch the victory for Salem State.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL
Colby-Sawyer 3, Endicott 1: The Gulls (10-17) won the first set but dropped the next three to lose the match on the road. Mackenzie Guerre had 10 kills and Ashley Norley came up with 25 digs for Endicott.
Salem St. 3, MCLA 1: Emily Peay recorded 11 kills as the Lady Vikings (4-14) earned their second MASCAC win, 25-21, 22-25, 25-13, 25-23. Peabody native Mackenzie Carpenter had 26 assists for the winners.