“Although her goals and assists are down from last year (6 goals, 8 assists so far), she is playing a defensive midfielder role and we are not counting on her as much for her offense,” added Hinchion. “She reads the game so well. As a center mid she has a part in everything we do on the field, offensively and defensively. She’s outstanding with balls in the air, a creative dribbler, a tenacious defender and she makes all of her teammates better. Her work rate is incredible and she never stops going 100 percent.”
Masconomet boys finished up the regular season undefeated at 16-0-2. With a combined 14 shutouts between keepers Derek Grammer and John Black, the Chieftains outscored their opponents 60-4. In their final five games, Grammer and Black didn’t give up a single goal.
The Chieftains are ready to go all the way again this year and this time capture the Div. 1 state title. With a ton of experience heading into the tournament, Masconomet is going in with a better regular season record than last year and a potential higher seed.
Cape Ann League Large Player of the Year, Chip Sherman knows all about what it takes to get to the championship game. With a different supporting cast around him this year, the offense has been well balanced — making it harder for defenders to mark one particular player.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s stories on the MIAA soccer pairings, which come out today. Peabody girls and Masconomet boys will most likely have two of the top seeds in the Div. 1 brackets.
Just For Kicks, a column on North Shore high school soccer, appears every Wednesday in The Salem News. Contact staff writer Gianna Addario at 978-338-2615, GAddario@salemnews.com and follow her on Twitter @GiannaAddarioSN.