Senior Andrea O’Brien notched two goals to lift the Concord-Carlisle girls’ soccer team past Dual County League rival Westford Academy, 2-0, and into the postseason Wednesday at Doug White Field in Concord.
The explosive striker leads the Patriots (9-1-0, 8-1-0) with 17 goals to go along with six assists.
“Andrea is very good crossing the ball and has a great long range shot,” said coach Nancy Slocum. “She has got touch around the ball and good possession and dribbling skills, and she makes smart choices in terms of passing.”
O’Brien scored in the 35th minute after the Patriots recovered the ball from a throw-in. Junior midfielder Katie Abbott passed from the right side of the field across to O’Brien who quickly blew by a defender to drill the goal in the righthand corner of the net.
The striker’s second goal came in the 69th minute after O’Brien beat a defender by half a step to lodge the goal in the upper left corner.
“She has a remarkable sense of which way the defender is moving so she can in a split second sense a defender’s momentum and she instinctively moves the other way and she is very subtle about her movement,” said Slocum.
Junior goalkeeper Angela DeBruzzi added another shutout and has allowed only two goals in six games this season.
“Angela plays basketball and softball, where she plays catcher,” said Slocum. “She is a very strong player and controls her six-yard box well, especially on crosses and corners.”
The Patriots also received a boost along their midfield with the return of senior captain Lucy Fell, who has almost completely recovered from an ACL injury she suffered last November, and has played sparingly the past few games.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
To reach the high school sports department, e-mail email@example.com.