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November 5, 2013

Hamilton-Wenham girls shut out defending state champ Weston

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Senior keeper Cassie Vitale netted her ninth shutout of the season and second of the tournament. Carolyn Cook, Sam Charette and Phoebe Shaw played excellent defense in front of her and only allowed four shots on net.

“We knew they were going to be a really tough team, so we wanted to come out really strong on defense,” said Charette, also a senior captain. “We were all talking a lot and communicated really well, which sort of helped us early on. After Emma scored early, we wanted to step it up on defense to make sure Weston couldn’t come back.”

Suz and Liz Rose played well at center midfield, while sophomore Molly Eagar was fantastic off the bench playing outside midfield.

The Wildcats wrapped up their season at 4-9-6 and despite the shutout, Burress kept them in the game early on with a number of excellent saves.

While Newburyport is a tall order to handle tomorrow, Hamilton-Wenham will take its three-game win streak into the semis. Both teams are very familiar with each other as the Clippers shutout the Generals in both regular season contests.

“A bunch of us play club with some of the girls on the Newburyport team,” added Charette. “They’ve been our rivals the last couple of years, but if we come out strong again, I think we’ll stand a good chance.”

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