With such a widely spread talent pool in Eastern Mass girls' soccer, wins are not guaranteed. When undefeated teams are being picked off every week, you better bring your game face. On Tuesday night, nine of this week's Top 10 teams had games and only four come away with a win.
There were also two upsets on Tuesday night. Newton South took down No. 4 Concord-Carlisle, 1-0, and Milford defeated No. 9 Oliver Ames, 2-1. It was the first loss of the year for both teams. In the C-C game, Lizzie Walkes scored on a corner kick from Sophie MacArthur with 10 minutes remaining. Oliver Ames gave up two first half goals to Maverick junior Melissa Braza and couldn't recover.
Second-ranked Newton North tied unranked Needham, 1-1. The Tigers (7-0-1) were saved from a loss by a second half corner kick that set up the tying goal. That was Needham's fifth tie of the year to make their overall record (3-1-5). The Rockets also played No. 10 Acton-Boxboro to a 0-0 tie earlier this season. Milton also matched No. 8 Dedham 1-1 on Tuesday.
Mansfield, which entered the Top 20 this week at No. 15, took No. 7 Franklin to battle and they too finished 1-1. The Hornets (5-1-3) also tied No. 9 Oliver Ames early in the season. In a low scoring game like soccer, good defense is crucial and it could be that these teams with multiple ties against strong attacks are proving that they shouldn't be overlooked come the postseason.
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