“You have to be confident going into the tournament,” added Hinchion. “If we have another game like this where we’re leaving the field feeling dejected and down, that’s not going to help us— we need to be playing well heading into Novemeber.”
North Shore Tech, Masconomet, Hamilton-Wenham, Beverly, Peabody and Marblehead are have already punched their postseason tickets, while Salem and Swampscott are still looking for their tourney spot.
Masconomet girls (9-0-3) and Peabody boys (8-0-5) are the only two teams that remain undefeated in the 2013 season. They both could very well finish the year without a loss, but the Chieftains do have a tough matchup against Newburyport this Monday.
Also, Masconomet boys remain undefeated in Cape Ann League play. The Chieftains are currently 12-0 in the CAL, all of which are shutout victories.
St. John’s Prep travels to B.C. High this afternoon for another Catholic Conference showdown with their arch rival. The Prep topped B.C. High 3-1 earlier in the season and look to secure the conference title with another win.
After suffering back-to-back losses for the first time all season, Beverly girls got their stride back in a 5-0 win over Lynn Classical yesterday. The Panthers tied the Rams 3-3 earlier in the year, so the victory was a push in the right direction.
”We’ve been in a slump lately,” said head coach Kristin Simpson. “This got us back into it and the girls feel back on track.”
Senior forward Caitlin Harty netted all five of Beverly’s goals.
It’s hard to believe the regular season wraps up a week from Tuesday. Most NEC and CAL teams finish up next Friday, with a few playing games on that final Monday.
The pairing come out Wendnesday October, 31st, while the preliminary/first rounds begin that Friday.
Just For Kicks, a column on North Shore high school soccer, appears every Wednesday in The Salem News. Contact staff writer Gianna Addario at 978-338-2615, GAddario@salemnews.com and follow her on Twitter @GiannaAddarioSN.