Acton-Boxboro stuns No. 1 in the nation Peabody
The Colonials pulled off the most stunning upset of the season on Saturday, handing top-ranked Peabody its first loss in 38 games.
The Tanners (14-1) entered the game ranked as the top girls’ soccer team in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
After a Hayley Dowd goal put the Tanners up, 1-0, in the first half, the Colonials (7-5-3) rallied to score twice in the second in what will forever be a memorable Senior Night for the girls in Acton.
Catherine Edmonds netted the equalizer in the 45th minute, and Arundel Miguelez connected on the winning goal in the 67th minute.
“To beat the top-ranked team in the nation means a lot,” said Acton-Boxboro coach Lee Billiard. “Peabody is a very good team, with some exceptional players. We just put in a real good performance and everything kind of came together in that one game. Things seem to be clicking for us at the right time.”
The Colonials have dropped just one game in their last seven (a 2-1 loss to Concord-Carlisle Oct. 15) and have registered 1-1 draws with No. 4 Central Catholic and No. 12 Westford Academy.
Games of the Week
No. 8 Whitman-Hanson at No. 13 Duxbury, Mon., 6:30 p.m. – A battle of the top two teams in the Patriot League (Keenan). Whitman-Hanson got the better of the Dragons at home earlier this season. Expect Duxbury, which enters allowing 0.6 goals per game, to do its best to return the favor.
No. 12 Marshfield at Plymouth North, Tue., 5 p.m. – The Rams eked out a 1-0 win at home against Plymouth North earlier this season. The Eagles will have the strength of home field this time as they try to take down their Atlantic Coast Conference rivals.
No. 17 Andover at No. 5 Central Catholic, Thu., 7:30 p.m. – The Golden Warriors have struggled to score this season, averaging 1.5 goals per game. Don’t expect the Raiders, who are allowing 0.5 goals per game to make things any easier on their toughest competition in the Merrimack Valley.
No. 15 Dedham at No. 7 Needham, Thu., 7:15 p.m. – The Rockets have strung together five shutouts in a row entering this matchup of Bay State League leaders (Carey and Herget). The Marauders, however, are scoring 2.6 per contest.
No. 19 Acton-Boxboro at No. 1 Lincoln-Sudbury, Thu., 4 p.m. – The Colonials, who snapped Peabody’s 38-game unbeaten streak, have a chance to knock off No. 1s in the consecutive weeks. No chance . . . right?