Beverly 1, Wilmington 0: Junior forward Ceirra Merritt scored the game’s only goal, assisted by senior captain Cassie Jones, and junior Sydney Anderson pitched a shutout in net as the Panthers prevailed in their season opener at home Saturday under new head coach Samantha Charest.
The defensive line of Ariane Chanda, Nora Devitt, Lily Cook and Sophia Hemsey all starred for the Orange-and-Black in their victory, with center midfielder Lia Whitehair also excelling.
North Andover 3, Peabody 0: The Tanners dropped their season opener after scoring an own goal midway through the first half on a misdirect, then allowing two more in the second half. Shelby Doucette came up with 11 saves in the Peabody net, while teammate Maddy Scacchi was immense on defense.
Covenant Christian 0, Landmark 0: Senior captain and goalkeeper Anna DeCotis earned the shutout in net while Jessica Peixoto, Emily Saulnier, Emerald Bell and Cora Kenis were defensive forces for Covenant Christian Academy in the scoreless tie. Rachel Nelson and Madeline McNeilly also played well in this Independent Girls Conference clash.
Beverly 3, Wilmington 2: Sophomore Nick Braganca’s second half tally snapped a 2-2 tie and sent the Panthers to victory, the first for new head coach (and BHS soccer alumnus) Edgar de Leon. Senior captain Joel Platt scored on a first half penalty kick and classmate Kaj Avola also scored off a header in the victory, with Danny Buzi assisting on two of those tallies. Senior Carter Shepard played well up front for the Orange-and-Black, as did shutdown defender Justin Butters.
Landmark 2, Covenant Christian 1: Austin Fitzgerald had the goal for CCA assisted by fellow captain Jacob Knowlton. Sophomore goalkeeper Eli Pekari also played well in a losing cause.
Prep takes second: Behind seniors Steven Jackson and Connor Hughes as well as junior Noah Mooney, St. John’s Prep placed second out of 15 teams at the Clipper Relays, which took place at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. In the 3-by-2-mile relay race format, the Eagles finished in 30:16, trailing only Wellesley (30:02) among the 15 boys teams present. Senior captain Declan Sheehan and freshmen Paul Lovett and Nathan Lopez were among the others who ran well for St. John’s.
The Marblehead boys cross country team placed eighth overall (30:58); so did Beverly in the 15-team girls race (37:30).
Newburyport 3, Ipswich 2: For the second time in as many matches this season, the Tigers (1-1) went to five sets, this time coming up on the wrong end of the scorebook (23-25, 25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 15-13). Anna Mossler came off the bench to serve for seven points (5 aces) in the fourth set for Ipswich, while Claire O’Flynn had multiple kills and smart plays. Defensively, Liz Linkletter, Haley O’Connor and Kyleigh Larson were all outstanding.
Salem State 6, Castleton 3: Anastasia Startseva, the reigning Little League Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year, prevailed at both first singles (6-4, 6-1) and teamed up with Meredith Macdonald to win at first doubles (8-2) to power the Vikings to a season opening triumph. Hannah Dahrouge and Caroline Robitaille combined to win at second doubles, 8-5, as did Alexandria Floyd and Liana Angelis (8-5) at third doubles. Robitaille and Floyd both won their singles matches, 6-1, 6-0 as well.
Endicott men take third: In just their second-ever home meet at Bradley Palmer State Park, the Gulls took third out of eight teams in the Endicott Invitational with 75 points, just behind Nichols (57) and Wentworth (72). Adam Germaine was fourth for the hosts (29:22), while Jack McGuire placed 10th (29:57) and Zachary Heffernan was 18th (30:38).
Endicott women finish second: Behind Holly Fossa’s fourth place finish (20:30), the Endicott women came in second place out of seven teams at Saturday’s Endicott Invitational. The Gulls, who finished with 56 points (Regis won it with 47), also got strong showings from Laura Pomeroy in sixth place (20:58), Julia Adrian in 13th (21:33), Gabrielle Rabito in 14th (21:36) and Haley Marek in 19th (22:01).
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
Oglethorpe 5, Gordon 1: The Scots (1-1-1) fell behind by three goals at the half and couldn’t rally in this Sunday night road encounter. Jarvin Ramirez had the Gordon tally in the second half, assisted by Luckson Dambo.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER
UMass Dartmouth 2, Salem State 1: Salem native Angela Berry scored off a feed from Devyn Malatesta to tie the game just before halftime, but the Vikings (1-2) ultimately fell on the road. Peabody’s Rebecca Sabino was strong in net for Salem State, making seven saves.
Springfield 1 Endicott 0: Despite a season high seven saves from goalkeeper Kayla Wentworth, the Gulls fell for the first time in three contests this season. Freshman Lindsey Papa had a team-high three shots on net as well.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY
Endicott 4, RPI 0: Danvers’ Kristen McCarthy had a goal and two assists as Endicott began its season 2-0 for just the third time in 17 seasons. Jaylin Grabau, Julie Champigny and Meaghan Hogan (the first of her career) also scored for the Gulls
Thomas 2, Gordon 1: Sophomore Cara Goudie of Wenham enabled the Scots (1-3) to tie the game in the first half before broke the stalemate with a second half tally. Natalie Adamez assisted on Goudie’s goal, with goaltender Julia Altman making eight saves on the day.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL
Gordon sweeps: Out in Chicopee, the Scots procured back-to-back 3-0 victories over UMass Dartmouth (25-14, 25-18, 25-23) and Elms College (25-15, 25-16, 25-23).
Suffolk 3, Salem State 0: The Vikings were bounced in their season opener, 25-16, 25-13, 25-9 despite seven kills from Sarah Janco, a dozen assists from Morgan Adams and 10 digs from Emily Hennessey.