Then, with just four minutes left and the game tied 1-1, Caroline Forlenza found some room just outside the 18-yard box and floated a bender for the eventual game-winning goal.
“Coach was right about making space,” Driscoll conceded after the game.
“Now I can see this isn’t even a rebuilding year. We’re at the same level of play as we were last year.”
Forget about printing rosters. Lexington’s new coach should be just fine.
Teams to watch
Acton-Boxborough Regional: The Colonials return 11 seniors from last year’s squad that finished 13-5-3.
With the midfield anchored by Kaitlyn and Alex Spangler, paired with coach Lee Billiard’s always-solid defensive system, this should be a tough team to beat come tournament time.
Algonquin Regional: The Tomahawks bring back 17 players from a squad that finished 13-3-2 a year ago.
The depth will allow coach Scott Taggart to present different looks when necessary, and his two captains, Chloe Herczeg and Michaela Horne, should be a special pair.
Weston: The Wildcats have to be one of the only teams around who return two captains, seniors Amanda Ivey and Maddie Linde.
Linde can take over the game with her ability in the midfield, leading a big crop of young talent for coach James Blackwell.
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional: With the team’s All-Scholastic goalie, Katie Sia, back this fall, the Warriors will look to make a deeper run into the postseason than last year, when they went 15-1 in the regular season only to lose to Chelmsford on penalty kicks in the opening round of the Division 1 North sectional.
Jason Mastrodonato can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @JMastrodonato.