The Pingree girls soccer team rallied back three times in yesterday’s NEPSAC tournament final to top Brewster Academy 4-3 in double overtime. The Highlanders (16-1-1) took home the New England championship crown for the first time in 25 years.
”It’s been a difficult season regarding injuries, we were down to only 14 healthy girls down the stretch,” said head coach Doc Simpson. “But this was probably one of the best games I’ve ever been involved in. The girls played very well. Our seniors came up huge for us. We were down and it didn’t look good for a bit.”
Kasey Provost scored the game-winning goal in double overtime. Char Esty netted a pair of goals while Hannah Becker also added a score. Provost, Kerri Zerfoss, Emma Whalen and Meg Foye all added assists in the victory.
Sophomore Mollie Smith and fellow defenders June Kiely, Nicole Scarfo and Abigail Dirks were fantastic in the back. Erin Cunningham played immense in goal.
NORTH SHORE TECH 26, DORCHESTER 24: Ross Murphy scored four second half touchdowns to help the Bulldogs erase a 24-0 halftime deficit. Murphy scored on runs of 18, 7, 4 and 5 yards, respectively. The Bulldogs moved to 7-3.
SWAMPSCOTT 28, SAUGUS 21: The Big Blue (4-6) won their third straight as Desmond Wilhelmsen broke free for a 55-yard TD run with two minutes to play. Wilhelmsen scored four TDs for the second straight week and has 11 scores during Swampscott’s winning streak. Saugus led 21-13 at the half and the Big Blue defense, led by linebackers Christian Llorente and Jordan James, pitched a second half shutout.
STONEHAM 30, HAMILTON-WENHAM 0: The Generals couldn’t get anything going against Stoneham and fell to 4-6.
ARLINGTON CATHOLIC 24, IPSWICH 12: Kyle Blomster connected with Nate Glaster for a 28-yard touchdown pass to make it a one-score game in the second quarter, but the Tigers (2-8) couldn’t pull any closer. Arlington Catholic added an insurance touchdown in the second half. Aleks Kuljic booted a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter for Ipswich and added an extra point on the Tigers’ touchdown.