“That was a great goal,” said Wood. “Before the game I told them we needed a complete effort from everybody; do their jobs and play their position. I said if that happened somebody would be the hero, and it was Kelly.
“We were missing Kelsey Delaney (senior captain) in the back, but Leah Wood did an amazing job directing things back there. Amy Griffith (Middleton/Masco) continues to dominate in the middle, and Casey Connolly (Swampscott High) had a great game up front. We worked very hard all game, but you have to finish and Birchmore did.”
Wood said she was worried about Gordon’s speed, especially Taylor McSherry and Kendra Woudenberg, but by playing strong positional soccer the Lady Vikings were able to neutralize the faster Fighting Scots and keep the pressure off goalie Rachel Ledbetter.
“Give all the credit to Salem State,” said Fighting Scots coach Marc Whitehouse, who is in his 28th year at the helm. “That’s a very good team, and they played a strong game. No excuses; they forced us to make mistakes. They were the better team today, and they are well coached.”