Manchester Essex 2, Swampscott 0: The Big Blue (16-3-2) defense had to deal with 21 Manchester Essex (18-1-1) corners and coach Toby Channen praised the play of her entire defense including Tessa Bean, Nora Walker, Angela Videtta, senior Lisa Vu and goalie Katie Samiljan.
“It’s tough to see the season end because I really love this team,” Swampscott head coach Toby Channen said. “Manchester Essex is a great team. They were moving to the ball, our girls wanted it, but it just didn’t go our way.”
Manchester Essex put things away early with a pair of goals in the first 14 minutes of play. Junior Brittany Smith put the Hornets up 1-0 when she scored after some strong work in front of the Swampscott goal following a Hornets corner opportunity, one of 21 in the contest.
Six minutes later Smith struck again, this time she put home a nice long pass from senior captain Nicole Bradley to make it 2-0 Hornets, a lead they would hold onto for the remainder of the game.
Pingree wins EIL Tourney: Pingree defeated Winsor, 3-0, in the semifinals, then beat Berwick, 1-0, in the final to capture the Eastern Independent League title. Emma Whalen, Kerri Zerfoss and Eliza Steele had the goals against Winsor while Hannah Becker netted the tournament winner against Berwick.
Endicott 2, St. Joseph’s (Conn.) 0: The Gulls earned their first ECAC Division 3 women’s soccer championship yesterday. Leeann Card and Becca Gustine each scored second half goals for Endicott (14-5-4). Sophomore goalie Katie Donnelly made six stops for her 11th shutout of the season.