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November 9, 2013

Masconomet boys soccer headed to Division 2 North finals

WOBURN — Poise and persistence have carried the Masconomet boys soccer team all season — and continued to be prevalent in the state tournament.

Having proved themselves during the regular season by knocking off all of their Cape Ann League opponents, the true test for the Chieftains has been how they stack up against their playoff competition. Through three postseason contests, the results have been nothing short of excellent.

With two unanswered second half goals, Masconomet topped Dorchester (Tech Boston Academy), 3-1, in yesterday’s Division 2 North semifinal. The victory earns the Chieftains a spot in Monday’s North final at Manning Field in Lynn (2:30 p.m.) against the winner of today’s North Andover/Concord Carlisle contest.

“This is what we’ve been playing for all season long,” Masconomet senior captain Adam Grammer said of his team’s trip to the North final. “It’s all we’ve wanted. I’m really proud of the boys, that we’ve made it this far and that this is next step coming up.”

Masconomet (21-1-1), which entered the playoff bracket as the No. 3 seed, had a tall order to handle against second-seeded Dorchester. The Bears came in unbeaten and had scored a combined 11 goals in its previous two tournament contests.

On the opposite end, the Chieftains’ resilient defense had given up just a single goal (via penalty kick) in their last two games.

“We had some trouble creating scoring chances, Masconomet did a great job defensively to limit us,” said Bears head coach Tim Lavin. “In other games we were able to create more opportunities inside the box and capitalizing, but they did a good job at limiting those chances.”

The Chieftains, who have yet to play from behind in this postseason, scored 13 minutes in to go up 1-0. After back-to-back corner kicks by senior midfielder Jack Heintzelman, a bad deflection off a Dorchester defender gave Masco the own goal.

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