Bishops get a boost
Underclassmen key to victory
Before the start of yesterday’s game, Archbishop Williams girls’ soccer coach Gordie McClay learned that starting sweeper Aidan Duquette would be out for the rest of the season because of an injury.
With no time to prepare, McClay made some adjustments that led to the Bishops’ best game of the year, according to the coach.
Courtney Burke’s penalty kick with 15 seconds left lifted Archbishop Williams (5-3-1) to a 4-3 victory over Austin Prep in a Catholic Central Large matchup in Braintree.
“This was the game that we needed to get a point or two out of,’’ said McClay. “[The girls] changed it for us. We can win games without relying on Aidan now. They just needed to know they can and they did.’’
Due to injuries, McClay needed to fill the spots of four seniors with underclassmen, and for some, it was their first varsity appearance.
“It’s not the way I would’ve written it, but if we can make the tournament I’ll be happy,’’ McClay said. “We had a good team starting on paper and we have a good team now without our starters.’’
Bishops midfielder Kelsey Marino scored her first varsity goal with two minutes left to tie the game, 3-3.
“She was poised and really played well for a high-pressure game like that,’’ said McClay.
Freshman Jess Rega and Lily Delaney split time to cover Duquette’s position, providing the energy that changed the momentum for the Bishops.
“Austin Prep knocked the wind out of our sails at first. It wasn’t until late in the second when one of our girls got a yellow card [and] our girls started getting aggressive,’’ McClay said.
Juniors Jackie Grasso and Paige Canavan scored for the Bishops after they trailed, 3-0. Freshman goalie Nora Maclaine, filling in for the injured Bridget Delaney, stopped 13 shots.
“I tell the girls all the time, you are one second from being a starter,’’ said McClay. “We play sports to win. But these kids get an opportunity to shine as freshmen and sophomores. It’s their time now.’’
Oliver Ames 2, North Attleboro 2 - Sophomore Ali Blanchette had a goal and an assist to help the Red Rocketeers tie No. 16 Oliver Ames.
Cardinal Spellman 6, Matignon 2 - Cardinals senior Nichole Donovan recorded her second hat trick of the season.
Plymouth North 4, Nauset 0 - The Blue Eagles improved to 7-1 thanks to junior Frannie Lapsley’s hat trick.
Brighton 4, Madison Park 2 - The Bengals (7-0) got a goal and two assists from Emma Lama.
Falmouth 1, Marshfield 0 - Freshman Maddie Scavotto recorded her eighth shutout.
Dover-Sherborn 3, Weston 0 - Liz McMillen, Jackie Goudreault, and Ellie Malanson scored and Julia Promutter stopped eight shots for her fourth shutout of the season.
Boys’ soccer Sandwich 7, Dennis-Yarmouth 0 - Senior Peter Alvarenga upped his season goal total to 16 for the top-ranked Blue Knights (8-0) by notching a hat trick within a two-minute span.
Georgetown 2, Masconomet 1 - With less than two minutes remaining in regulation, Royals keeper Ben Warren made a save on a penalty kick in the box, and Chris Birnie sprung Matt Bitchell for the winning goal.
Holliston 6, Bellingham 3 - Senior Mike Chaput led the Panthers with four goals and one assist.
Archbishop Williams 7, Austin Prep 1 - Sophomore Aidan Browne posted his third consecutive hat trick.
Girls’ volleyball Melrose 3, Central Catholic 1 - Brooke Bell led No. 5 Melrose with 43 assists and five kills, while Rachel Johnson and Sarah McGowan combined for 35 kills.