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November 4, 2013

Masco gets by Peabody

TOPSFIELD — Losing just isn’t a word that the Masconomet Regional girls soccer team knows.

Despite being outshot by visiting Peabody, the third-seeded Chieftains capitalized on a late scoring chance and earned a 1-0 victory in yesterday’s Division 1 North quarterfinal.

Now 20 games into the 2013 season, the Chieftains (15-0-5) have yet to lose in regulation — and didn’t plan on this game being any different.

Masconomet junior midfielder Kate Kitsakos beat a pair of Peabody defenders in transition to score the game’s only goal with just over 12 minutes to play in the second half.

“Peabody outplayed us in the second half for probably the first 25 minutes, but we were able to catch a break there,” said Chieftains head coach Paula Yanankakis. “Sarah Katz was able to dribble through a couple of defenders and pushed the ball up to Kate.”

The win propels Masconomet into the North semifinals for the first time in three years, where they’ll face second-seeded Newton North at Manning Field in Lynn tomorrow (5 p.m.).

The No. 6 seeded Tanners (13-3-4) had plenty of chances to score along the outside on throw-ins.

“Not being able to score has been our Achilles’ heel all season,” said Peabody head coach Dennis Desroches. “We dominated possession. I thought we were in their defensive zone the entire time; we just couldn’t put it away and score. If the ball’s there we need to be able to punch it in.

“We had multiple opportunities; it’s sad to see it have to end like that.”

Peabody, which took the only two corner kicks of the game and outshot Masco 7-2 in the second half, managed to fight up until the very last whistle. The Tanners’ best scoring chance came with just seconds left on the clock, but Masconomet keeper Katy Pelletier gobbled up the rebound as time expired.

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