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October 17, 2012

Just for Kicks: CAL SHOWDOWN

Masconomet girls host once beaten Generals

This is the kind of week fall sports teams thrive upon. With weather conditions ideal for high school games, there’s little room for error during the final stretch of the season.

The Masconomet girls soccer team has had this week highlighted on the calendar since the beginning of the 2012 campaign. The prospect of playing four games in six days has the girls ready for battle and on their toes.

With one contest already checked off the list — from Monday’s 3-0 shutout victory over Cape Ann League rival Pentucket — the Chieftains are right back at today as they host once-beaten Hamilton-Wenham.

”First time around we could’ve played better and had trouble finishing,” said Masco coach Paula Yanakakis whose team is currently 9-2-2 overall. “I think we had the potential to beat them, but we were trying to find a way to stop Alana (Vecchiarello). Most teams just stick one girl on her to try and slow her down. I know against us, she could’ve had at least three or four more goals, but some just went wide.”

The last time these two teams saw each other, the Generals handed Masco its first loss of the season (1-0), but since then the Chieftains have gone 8-1-2 in their last eleven.

“This is a big week for us,” Yanakakis explained. “We’ve kind of been inconsistent throughout the season. We’ll play well one game and then not so well the next. This week’s schedule doesn’t allow for any inconsistency.”

Having already qualified for the state tournament in a game against Rockport last Thursday, the Masco girls are focused one goal — winning the CAL. The title has been in the Chieftains’ repertoire for the past four years — nine total, since Yanakakis took over the program 19 years ago.

The Chieftains are currently third in the CAL Large, behind front-runners Newburyport (21 points) and Hamilton-Wenham (21). With four games left in CAL play, Masconomet needs every win it can get, especially today against the Generals and the final game of the season against the Clippers.

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