By Dan Harrison Correspondent
The Salem News
---- — WOBURN — In the two hours of soccer played in Hamilton-Wenham’s 2-0 loss to Wilmington in the Division 2 North girls semifinal Saturday, the game boiled down to a one minute clip in the first half.
Emily Gaucher nearly put the Generals out front when she clanked a shot off the cross bar in the first half. Wilmington charged down field looking to counter when H-W was called for a foul as Sam Charette and a Wilmington forward jostled for position and the latter went down to the ground.
The ensuing free kick made its way all the way into the box. Before H-W could clear, Alex Bischoff booted the ball into the back of the net. Bischoff would add another goal in the second half when the Generals were pressing.
Hamilton-Wenham (15-2-2) controlled possession throughout the game but was never able to capitalize on its scoring chances they way Wilmington did.
“We had limited opportunities, but we made the most of the opportunities we got,” said Wilmington coach Sue Hendee. “I know they (H-W) carried a lot of the play as far as possession is concerned but we scored when we needed to.”
H-W head coach Alvee Ibanez was irate with the official who made the call on Charette as it appeared the Wilmington player may have embellished the contact. Ibanez believes the call changed the way his girls felt they could play the rest of the game.
“The call itself was just pathetic. It’s a shame it had to come down to that. I think he was serving to the crowd,” said Ibanez. “The goal from that call makes it even worse because my defenders now aren’t being aggressive on the ball and it creates some insecurity in the back.”
The Generals tried to feed Alana Vecchiarello for the equalizer and did give the senior one solid chance but she sent a left-footed shot wide left from inside the box in the second half.
“We couldn’t come back from that call and that is unfortunate,” said Ibanez. “All in all, the effort and the energy from preseason until now, not only seniors from the seniors but from everyone — it (coaching) was just a pleasure.”