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Freshmen making an impact with unbeaten Dedham High girls’ soccer team

Dedham High School senior Libby Masalsky (18) and Milton High midfielder Sophie Cousineau (13) fight for possession during their soccer match in Dedham on Tuesday night.
Dedham High School senior Libby Masalsky (18) and Milton High midfielder Sophie Cousineau (13) fight for possession during their soccer match in Dedham on Tuesday night.Robert E. Klein for the Boston Globe

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Libby Masalsky had not played the center midfield in a year, but stepping in for the injured Emily Pike, her composure in a 1-1 draw against Milton Tuesday night suggested otherwise.

The team’s second-leading scorer (5 goals, 3 assists) showcased her strong two-way play throughout the contest, most notably in a second-half sequence that saw her athletically corral a high clear off her chest.

She outmuscled her opponent on the left sideline with a sweeping kick near the 30-yard line to take control and set up a rush.

The Marauders (7-0-3) remained unbeaten with the deadlock, an impressive start that Masalsky attributes in part to the promising play of the freshman class, who has helped fill the void left by the graduation of her sister, Ellen, along with Emily Hill.

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