LYNN — Victoria Digiacomo and Hayley Dowd were the two best strikers in the Bay State in their last two seasons playing at Peabody High.
Yesterday in the 18th Agganis Women’s Soccer Classic, the dynamic duo stood in front of the net instead of shooting at it.
The South all-stars were without a goalie, so Digiacomo and Dowd took turns manning the net while helping their team to a 2-2 tie. Diagiacomo made seven saves in the first half while Dowd scored a goal; in the second half, they switched with Dowd making six stops and Digiacomo scoring the tying goal with 9:33 remaining.
“In the locker room before the game, we realized we didn’t have a goalie and the coach asked who wants to play? Hayley and I didn’t even look at each other, and both our hands shot up. I think we were the only ones,” said Digiacomo, was named South MVP — a distinction she shares with her older sister, Erika, an Agganis Soccer MVP in 2009.
Passing and skilled plays were limited by heavy rains throughout the second half of yesterday’s Classic, which was the fourth tie and second in a row. The Manning Field pitch was soaked, which slowed down the through balls and made long rungs difficult. There were times it rained so hard that it was difficult to see.
“I felt bad for the goalies,” said Ipswich’s Maddie Howe, one of the North defenders. “People might not have been showing their best, but the game was still a lot of fun, and having fun is really the point of a game like this.”
In the first half before the rain began, Dowd had a few opportunities and developed a nice rhythm with Danvers’ Chrissy Gikas and Beverly’s Allison Collins, with the latter two nearly hooking up for a goal in the eighth minute.