The Tanners dominated much of the second half and used their speed to create scoring chances. Erika Nelson and Caroline Colbert came close before Doherty found the mark.
“That goal was a bullet that went into the only place our goalie couldn’t make the save,” said Westford coach Tracy Capone. “It’s a shot that would be difficult to repeat if you tried, but if we had to lose the game I would rather see it on a great shot than on some fluke play. It was a good match up that was back and forth, especially for the first 40 (minutes).”
Doherty hustled all over the field, but only had a couple of scoring threats until her big shot found the mark.
“I really don’t know if I meant it to be a shot or a cross,” said Doherty, who will play at Providence next year. “I usually cross the ball so that’s probably what I was doing. I didn’t think, I just shot and hoped for the best. Our hustle from everybody was incredible.”
Westford didn’t get a shot on net in the second half until 21 minutes had been played. Steele made a strong bid that was just wide of the left corner, and then Lodi came up big on a corner opportunity. Late in the game the Grey Ghosts came close on a free kick, but Lodi tipped the ball away with her hand.
“This year we have a young back line, but it’s easy to coach them,” said Lodi. “Their number 7 (Steele) had great foot skills, and we had to find her when she was on our side of the field. It was important to pick her up. To tell the truth I was getting ready for PK’s until Madison’s goal. That was great, but I had to keep my focus to make sure it held up.”
Lodi praised sophomore stopper Katrina Silva, sweeper Scacchi, and outside backs Alex Lomasney and Macayla Lachance for the way they have come together to strengthen the defense.
“This was a team victory from our bench to the girls on the field,” said Desroches. “There is so much chemistry and togetherness on this team. We know we are going to have to put forth our best performance of the year to beat Masco.”