With a history of athletic excellence that can match any school in the state, Northbridge High surprisingly had never claimed a Central Mass. championship in girls' soccer — until Sunday night. The top-seeded Rams outscored Holy Name High, 3-2, in penalty kicks after the teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation and two overtimes in a thrilling Division 2 championship game at Grafton High. Northbridge (17-1-3) will play Western Mass. champion Belchertown in a state semifinal at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Westfield State. Holy Name, the tournament's No. 7 seed, finished 13-4-3. Rams' goalie Nikki Zuidema made a sprawling save on Holy Name's Mega Audette to clinch the win and set of the Northbridge celebration. Moments before the game-ending save, Northbridge's Jorgi Adee went high to pocket a shot over the outstretched arms of Holy name netminder Logan Lornell. The Naps' Beatrice Bowden and Taylor-Victoria Boucher converted their penalty kicks, while the Rams got clutch scores from junior twins Sarah and Casey Boucher.
Northbridge 1, Holy Name 0
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Whitinsville
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:10 a.m.