Walking off the field after her team’s 2-0 loss to Lincoln-Sudbury earlier this season, Westford girls’ soccer coach Tracy Capone was encouraged. She knew the loss gave her a chance to see her girls play against one of the best teams in the state. She knew they had another shot against the Warriors later in the season. And most importantly, she knew her girls could, and would, compete. Tuesday afternoon, Westford showed that they could do more than compete. Thanks to a goal by Lauren Steele and some stellar defense, the No. 10 Grey Ghosts upset No. 1 Lincoln Sudbury, 1-0. “We went in with a more aggressive game plan,” said Capone. “Each girl had her role. Each player knew what she needed to get done in order for the team to be successful. It was just great execution; a great team win.” According to Capone, the majority of the game was a battle in the midfield, though Westford would outshoot Lincoln-Sudbury by a total of 12-8. In the 33rd minute, junior Kyra Kruger fed a pass through the defense intended for Steele. Steele beat the Warrior goalie to the ball, and with the goalie out of position, was able to chip the ball across the goal line for a 1-0 lead. “Once we scored that first goal, we brought our game to a different level,” said Capone. “The girls fought hard to keep the win.” Before halftime, senior captain Bailey Ditcham very likely stunted any Warrior momentum heading into the break. After beating Grey Ghost goaltender Samantha Kyslip, the Warriors thought they could roll in the equalizer. But Ditcham hustled towards the goal, and cleared the ball before it crossed the goal line. The second half was once again a defensive battle, highlighted by sophomore Emma Katz’s suffocating pressure one of the state’s best in Cassidy Boegel. Lincoln-Sudbury had one last shot with seven minutes to go in the game, but Kyslip hugged the near-side post to make the save. With the win, Kyslip now has six shutouts on the season. “We seem to be peaking at right moment,” said Capone. “We had a big win against Andover Saturday and now a win against L-S. We’re peaking at the right moment. The girls are gaining confidence. That confidence will definitely come in hand as move forward to the tourney. Now we know we can play with anybody. “Whatever draw we get in the tournament, they know they can compete with anyone.”
Westford 1, Lincoln-Sudbury 0
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at Westford
Updated: Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, 3:10 a.m.