Lexington takes Large
Goalie Costello stifles Sachems
Cat Costello’s clutch play in net yesterday helped the No. 2 Lexington girls’ soccer team clinch its first outright Middlesex Large title by knocking off third-ranked Winchester, 1-0, at Knowlton Stadium in Winchester.
“It’s just the greatest feeling,’’ said Costello, who has battled injuries (ankle and concussion) this season. “It’s like, we made history, that’s awesome.’’
The Minutemen (12-1-3) scored just three minutes into the game when a trailing Alison Boreiko one-timed a cross into the back of the Sachems’ net.
Winchester dominated possession in the second half but was unable to generate many scoring chances. The physical play of Lexington’s Nandi Mehta and Shelby Palafox bottled up center-mid Megan Hennessey. Mehta was issued a yellow card for her rough play on Hennessey late in the game.
“[Lexington] just did a good job preventing us from getting our crosses in, and when we got them in they were right at the near post and [Costello] was winning those balls,’’ said Winchester coach Chris Scanlon.
With 10 minutes remaining, Brooke Christopher broke free for the Sachems (10-3-3) and blasted a shot on Costello from just inside the box. Costello dove low and right to make the save.
“I wasn’t really thinking,’’ Costello said. “I just turned around and [Christopher] was shooting so I quickly dove to my right. It was all instinct.’’
Costello came through again with five minutes remaining, rising up to pull a corner kick out of the air.
“We know that any crosses that are in the air Cat is going to get,’’ said Lexington coach Frank Pagliuca. “You just can’t jump with her, with her vertical leap she can really get off the ground and go get them.
“We didn’t panic, we just defended and played organized and did what we needed to do to get the victory.’’
Pagliuca said he was proud of Lexington’s play this season.
“It’s a big accomplishment for these girls,’’ he said. “We play in a tough league and every game could go either way.’’
Whitman-Hanson 3, Duxbury 1 - The No. 10 Panthers clinched their fourth Patriot League title behind two goals from Devin Morse.
Peabody 4, Beverly 3 - Hayley Dowd scored three goals and assisted on Victoria Digiacomo’s winner with seven minutes remaining as the No. 9 Tanners (13-0-2) remained unbeaten.
Brighton 5, Burke 0 - The Bengals (12-0) completed an undefeated regular season as junior midfielder Emma Lama scored two goals.
Revere 7, Winthrop 0 - The Patriots were led by freshman Mohamad Kenawy (3 goals, 2 assists) and junior Qais Thulman (4 goals, 1 assist).
Abington 5, Quincy 0 - The Green Waves rolled to victory to qualify for the state tournament for the first time in five years.
State tournament qualifying
Division 1 North - Billerica’s Jonah Choe shot a 1-under-par 70 at the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club to win the individual title and the Indians won the team crown (291).
Division 1 South - BC High’s Jamie Shaughnessy shot a 1-over-par 72 at Norton Country Club to win the individual title as the Eagles won the team crown (306).
Division 2 North - Concord-Carlisle’s Ryan Harris fired a 4-under-par 66 at Hillview Golf Course to win the individual title. Masconomet won the team title (290).
Division 2 South - Franklin (313) won the team title behind medalist Peter French (par 71) at Easton Country Club.
Division 3 North - Weston’s Will Caro shot par 72 at Far Corner Golf Club to win the individual team and help his team (298) grab top honors.
Division 3 South - Norton’s Zach Schuster shot even-par 72 at South Shore Country Club to win medalist honors and Westwood (310) won the team crown.
Walpole 2, Weston 0 - Senior cocaptain Meghan Murphy and junior Michaela Tosone scored a goal apiece to lead Walpole (16-0) to victory in a battle of unbeatens. “We were anxious to play a quality team and Weston has a quality program,’’ said Walpole coach Marianne Murphy. “We knew they’d be tough competitors.’’ Katie Kelley made four saves to earn her 14th shutout of the season. She has surrendered only two goals in 16 games.
Taunton 5, Brockton 1 - The Tigers earned their first win of the season behind Kaitlin Morrissey’s hat trick.
Duxbury 1, Hopkinton 0 - Senior Sophie Fitzpatrick recorded her 14th shutout of the season.
Winchester 2, Lexington 1 - The No. 3 Sachems (12-1-2) clinched the Middlesex Large title with the win.
Hingham 6, Silver Lake 1 - The No. 15 Harbormen (12-1-2) beat the No. 12 Lakers to clinch the Patriot League as James Rosso and Craig Hildrew scored two goals apiece.
Cardinal Spellman 2, Coyle & Cassidy 0 - Ryan Walsh scored his 13th goal of the season in the first half and Chris Conrad added his 22d of the year in the second half to lift the No. 7 Cardinals (13-0). Lenny Paotella made five saves to earn his 10th shutout of the year.
Scituate 1, Middleboro 0 - Junior forward Dave Sylvester scored the game’s only goal and senior Bobby Sincoski stopped five shots for his sixth shutout of the season to lift the Sailors (8-3-4).
Greater Lowell 3, Chelsea 2 - Senior keeper Kevin Borba stopped nine shots, including a penalty kick, and Camilo Ortiz scored two goals as the Gryphons (9-5-2) defeated the Red Devils for the first time in 10 years.
Arlington 2, Reading 1 - Junior Fernando Cuervo-Torello had a goal and an assist as the Spy Ponders qualified for the state tournament.
Sandwich 3, Plymouth South 0 - Dallas Donovan scored his ninth and 10th goals of the season as the No. 2 Blue Knights (12-1) begin a stretch of six games in nine days. Zach Sprague came off the bench to account for the other goal.
Duxbury 2, Whitman-Hanson 0 - The Green Dragons got goals from Max Cook and Tim Gavin.