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October 31, 2013

Just for Kicks: Tournament pairings announced for girls, boys soccer



Out of the 13 area boys teams that we cover, 10 of them earned themselves a trip to the state tournament.

St. John’s Prep boasted a 13-2-3 record and won their second consecutive Catholic Conference title. The Eagles drew the No. 3 seed in Division 1 North and will host 14th seeded Andover (8-6-4) in a first round matchup Sunday (1 p.m.).

Peabody, which earned the No. 4 seed, will also play at home Sunday (1 p.m.) against Malden. The Tanners (12-1-5) were a force in the NEC Large and finished league play undefeated, with their lone setback coming against top-seeded Somerville.

In Division 2 North action, Masconomet is seeded No. 3 at 18-1-1. The Chieftains will host Winchester Sunday (1 p.m.) in their first Division 2 game since 2008. Four years ago Masconomet moved up to Div. 1 and made it all the way to the state final against Ludlow in 2011. The Chieftains are led offensively by Cape Ann League Large Player of the Year Adam Grammer and anchored in the backfield by fellow senior captain Jeff Panella (All-League).

Danvers (11-1-6) earned the No. 6 seed with only one regular season loss to Marblehead. The Falcons host Greater Lowell Sunday night (6:30 p.m.).

Looking ahead in Division 2, Danvers could face Masconomet in the quarterfinal round if both teams advance.

Beverly heads into the playoffs as the No. 12 seed at 10-8-2 overall. The Panthers travel to Northeast Metro Tech Monday (2 p.m.).

Moving to Division 3, Marblehead is seeded No. 6 at 10-5-3 and earned a tournament berth for the second consecutive season. The Magicians are at home Saturday against 11th seeded O’Bryant at 4 p.m.

Swampscott (3-11-3), earned the 12th and final spot in Div. 3. The Big Blue head to Bedford tomorrow for a 2:45 start.

In Division 4, Hamilton-Wenham clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2011. The Generals (9-4-5) host Community Academy of Science and Health. Ipswich (8-8-2), seeded 13th, will travel to Maimonides— with the date and time to be announced.

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