Travel Game Reports
2011 Danvers Invitational Tournament (May 28-30, 2011) : U14 Girls, Breakers
The Breakers spent the Memorial Day long weekend playing in the 2011 Danvers Invitational Tournament. They would play 3 games, 1 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday, if they won at least2, would be invited back for the championship round. Since there were only 4 teams in their division, there would be no playoff, only a championship game on Monday.
Things started out well for our team, our first game was against the Georgetown Blue Fire. Right away, Katherine Mellen scooped up a rebound and rifled a shot past the keeper for the first score. The next goal was scored by Jacqui Petto on a penalty kick after Hannah Twadelle was fouled inside the penalty box. Jacqui followed that goal up with another unassisted goal. Not to be outdone, Hannah then scored on another rebound. The Breakers defenders and Keepers Lindsay West and Erin McKenna had a quiet half as the Blue fire was unable to get the bal out of their own end, and when the did, the ball was quickly intercepted by Caitlin Lane, Emily Steinberg, or Simonne Brissenden, with help from Lydia Zimmerman (brought up from the Force to play in the tournament) and sent back into the Georgetown end of the field. The first half ended with a score of 4 – 0.
In the second half, the Breakers picked up where they left off with Jillian Feeney taking a pass from Mia Tsoukalas (another addition form the Force) and rifled a shot passed the keeper. At this point, the players were instructed to stop scoring and just control the game. Final score 5 -0.
The second game was played early Sunday Morning on the sport turf field at St Johns Prep. The Breakers played the Danvers Storm. Whether it was the early morning start or the difficulty controlling the ball on the artificial surface, it showed as both teams had trouble scoring or even moving the ball through the teams’ defenses. The first half ended in a scoreless tie. The Breakers finally got on the scoreboard when Taylor Barbagallo took a pass from Katherine Mellen, dribbled pas the defender and fired a perfect shot past the keeper. This was quickly followed by an unassisted goal by Hannah Twadelle and all of a sudden, the Storm was in trouble as the Breakers threatened to overwhelm them. The 2nd half continued as a defensive struggle until Taylor intercepted a Danvers pass, dribbled through the Danvers defense and fired a perfect shot into the Danvers goal for her second goal of the game and the third for the Breakers. Final score 3 -0 and this tournament was looking easy! Contributions were also made by Olivia DiMarzo and Arielle White from both the forward and midfield positions, with Arielle also contributing on defense. Nicole Barbagallo and Jenny Whipple showed their versatility, playing stellar defense and contributing by playing well at midfield. New addition Audrey Zero (also brought up from the Force) contributed playing both midfield and forward.
With their spot in the championship all but secured, the Breakers faced the Beverly Fury on Sunday afternoon. By now, the sun had heated up the artificial surface at making field very hot. This combined wit the early start and the difficulty controlling the ball led to a defensive battle with neither team able to gain an advantage. The first half again ended in a scoreless tie. The second half started out well, but the heat and early start began to take its toll on the Breakers. Finally, 10 minutes into the half the Fury penetrated the Breakers’ defense and slipped a shot past the keeper. The game ended with a Breakers loss 1 - 0.
On Monday, the Breakers and Fury Faced off in the championship game. The Breakers drew first blood when Taylor Barbagallo scooped up a loose ball off a free kick from Jacqui Petto and fired it past the keeper for the first score. The first half ended 1 -0 Breakers. Early in the second half, Olivia DiMarzo took a pass from Mia Tsoukalas and tapped the ball past the keeper for the second goal. Up until this time, the Breakers were controlling the game. But that changed in a few minutes when the Fury took advantage of two defensive breakdowns to tie the score at 2. The game ended in a 2-2 tie and went into overtime. In the first overtime, Jacqui Petto scooped up a rebound and fired it past the keeper. Five minutes from victory! But the fury would not go down easily. In the second overtime, they executed a perfect throw in and shot the ball past the Breakers’ keeper to tie the game up again. Overtime ended in a 3-3 tie and we went to a shootout. With Lindsay West in Net, the team was confident they could win. Goals by Katherine Mellen, Jacqui Petto, and Caitlin Lane along with the stellar goalkeeping from Lindsay sealed the victory and the championship for the Breakers. The final official score was 4 -3 and the Breakers were the 2001 Danvers Invitational Champions in their group! Go Breakers!
Saturday, May 21, 2011 : U12 Girls, Ladybugz
The North Andover Ladybugz U12 girls showed on Saturday May 21 that they cannot lose a game except through phenomenal performance and intense effort. Leaving the Winthrop field after their first regular-season loss in the 2010/2011 soccer year, with Winthrop having won 3-1, on the coach's part there was a stronger sense of satisfaction than after any other game due to the players' efforts and successes. As midfielder JESSICA LANGSTON said in her take on the game, "I'm proud of how we played!" And she should be. They all should be. It was a loss that felt like a win. "Let's just play them again in three weeks!" CHRISSY HOGAN was called on to play the entire game as keeper and was spectacular, absolutely deserving of the half-dozen commendations from complete strangers that came in after the game. Her reflexes were sharp, her judgment was sound, her directives to teammates had huge positive effect, and she frequently created scoring opportunities for North Andover (and drove the Winthrop coaches visibly mad with frustration) by dribbling outside the penalty box then passing out to a midfielder or forward, always successfully. MEGAN DAWLEY also played the entire game, as center back. Her contributions were just as strong as Chrissy's, as were right and left backs' GRACE FALLON, JENNY TABOLA, HANNAH DIGIOVANNI, and REBECCA SALINAS. The powerful North Andover back line kept the goal difference at two when it could have been a lot more. The midfielders and forwards SOPHIE JAMES, Jessica, KAITLIN KORNACHUK, KATIE HOGAN, ALYVIA PETROZZA, EMILY CARON, and SARAH MCGARVEY created enough scoring opportunities themselves; due to their efforts this was definitely not a one-sided or desparate game. Jessica, who scored the North Andover goal, showed twice in this game that she absolutely has the precision shots needed to score through the Winthrop defense. Katie's breakaways kept the game exciting and more equally-weighted. With Pingree qualifications still up in the air for their bracket as they approach the eighth and final week of the regular season, the Ladybugz still have one more regular-season game and two tournaments secured in their spring season and it is exciting to imagine what they have yet to do!
Saturday, May 14, 2011 : U14 Girls, Breakers
The first half ended with a score of 4 -0 Breakers.
In the second half, the Breakers let up on the pressure, moving the forwards to defense and the defenders to forward. The aggressive Wolves team immediately took advantage of this change and began putting pressure on the Breakers’ defense. 10 minutes into the half they finally scored, shooting a ball past keeper Simonne Brissenden. At this point, Lindsey West replaced Simonne in the goal. The breakers answered the Lawrence goal when on her next corner kick, Jacqui Petto scored with another perfectly placedcorner kicker that hit a Lawrence player and bounced past the keeper. Lawrence would score 2 more goals, then Simonne scored her second goal of the game off a pass from forward Lee Mcloughlin. From then on, a stiff Breakers defense shut the Wolves down.
Final score: Breakers 6, Wolves 3.
Saturday, May 7, 2011 : U12 Girls, Ladybugz
The late morning
was warm and dry, a perfect setting for a road game against the struggling
Triton Hurricanes. The manicured field was the perfect chessboard for Coach
Jeremy to work his skills with an undermanned team of only 10 girls. The
Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (at least his look-a-like) was the referree for the
game and often seemed confused and out-of-place, but nevertheless, the game went
on, with each coach wondering what the referree was looking at when he called a
foul, or a ball went out of play. The Ladybugz seemed slow out of the gates,
but were able to position themselves well for the early part of the first half.
Rebecca was playing hard on offense, with several charges toward goal, each shot
gathered up by their stingy goalie. Alyvia was doing an admirable job in our
goal, deflecting the first shot on goal over the net. The second hard shot came
from a cross-pass that was then whizzed into the opposite corner of the net, an
unstoppable shot, that gave the Triton's their first and only goal. This seemed
to spark the
Halftime was highlighted by strategic adjustments by the coaching team and a carb refill of water and munchkin doughnuts. The girls were ready for the second half!
Both teams came
out strong with several warnings by the referree for pushing and shoving.
Unlike the first half, it seemed that the
As the whistle blew to end the game, everyone agreed that it was a well played, enjoyable game. The girls were tired and no doubt deserving of a good lunch....
Saturday, April 23, 2011 : U12 Girls, Ladybugz
The North Andover Ladybugz battled the Andover Leopards
to a 1-1 tie on Saturday April 23. It was a wet and muddy game, saturated with
spirit and effort, and to this ecstatically biased observer not so much a
Saturday, April 16, 2011 : U12 Girls, Ladybugz
The Ladybugz came out hot on this bone-chilling day in Marblehead! They spent almost the entire game in the offensive zone in a dominating shut-out against the Marblehead team. Hannah DiGiovanni brought her A-game and get the forward pressure on and the ball deep in the offensive zone. Rebecca Salinas had a great breakaway and goal to open up the game (her first of two for the game!). The defense did a great job of setting up plays and keeping the ball in the offensive zone. The Ladybugz used the sides and worked the ball up-field with some great passing that resulted in 6 unanswered goals. A great game for the girls with Grace Fallon, Emily Caron, and Sophie James adding goals to the mix.
Saturday, April 9, 2011 : U12 Girls, Ladybugz
The Season opener was a great battle for the Ladybugz who came out on top of the HW Diamonds. The team played very well in their opener bringing strong forward pressure and keeping the ball in the offensive zone. Fantastic passing by all of the girls including Emily Caron and Jessica Langston combined with some fancy footwork by Maddie Zerbey, a big move and breakaway shot by Sarah McGarvey, and an insane off-foot shot by Sophie James. On the defensive end, Alyvia Petrozza not only had some great moves, but showed you can be well mannered to your coach as well. An amazing running and diving save by Christina Hogan kept the game close. Other highlights included a brilliant pass by Sarah to Katie to set up the first goal and set the tone for the game. Jessica Langston was running around like she was on Red Bull and couldn’t be stopped! Alyvia had a great inbound fake that tricked them all out. First header of the season by Grace Fallon (along with some killer D). And, Christina completely faked out the goalie with a beautiful move and goal. The Ladybugz came to play and showed the Diamonds what they were made of in this strong win.
Saturday, October 23, 2010 : U12 Girls, Ladybugz
The North Andover Ladybugz U12 girls
Saturday, October 16, 2010 : U12 Girls, Dynamite
The North Andover U12 Dynamite travelled to leafy and windy Merrimac for a Saturday afternoon game with the Pentucket Fisher Cats. The Dynamite submitted their best team effort of the season and the passing exhibited by all of the players was a sight to see. In the first half, SOFIA FEDELE made a crisp pass upfield that sprung HANNAH DIGIOVANNI for an excellent scoring chance. After a scoreless first half, the Dynamite really got down to business based on the strong midfield play of LAUREN GRUBER, IZZY DIADAMO and RACHEL YOST. Their hard-nosed play set up ABBIE CRONIN’S laser shot that tied the game near the final whistle. Anchoring the Dynamite defense was REBECCA SALINAS who shut down the right side of the field as well as MADDIE ROMANO who played hard on both sides. The Dynamite return home to face the Amesbury Express this coming weekend.
The season's first
early-morning frost was evident on Sunday as the North
Andover LadyBugz tournament team squared off against the North
Reading Edge on the second day of the Columbus Day tourney. Both
teams quickly shook off the morning chill as their offenses began to heat
up. North Reading talllied first but this was followed quickly by a goal
from JADE JULIUS that was set up by strong support on the right side from
JESSICA LANGSTON and SOFIA FEDELE. The teams traded goals again with
the LadyBugz receiving a nifty tally by DANIELLE MAGUIRE who scored
off an indirect free kick. The team received very strong goaltending
from CATHERINE MAGUIRE and MEGAN DAWLEY to keep the game close in the first
Saturday, September 18, 2010 : U12 Girls, Ladybugz
North Andover Ladybugz U12 girls again proved themselves a small group of
incredible well-rounded players in their 0-1 victory over
Saturday, September 11, 2010 : U12 Girls, Dynamite
The North Andover U12 Dynamite kicked-off the season on the road against the Amesbury Express on September 11th. Jade Julius staked the Dynamite to a 2-0 lead with two quick tallies. Assisting on the goals were Rebecca Salinas and Emily Caron. Kim Pepoli added another score before Amesbury came back to cut the lead to 3-2. But then the Dynamite defense stiffened as Alyvia Petrozza and Rachel Yost led a swarming Dynamite defense. Late in the game Izzy DiAdamo brought the ball up field and passed off to Sofia Fedele who went in for the score that put the game away. Hannah DiGiovanni and Kim Pepoli shined as goaltenders. The Dynamite will host the Boxford Cosmos this coming Saturday.
Saturday, September 11, 2010 : U12 Girls, Ladybugz
North Andover Ladybugz (U12 girls) opened their regular season with a 5-1
victory over the Lynn Tigers, conceding just one goal early in the game and
playing with as much focus and effort as anyone could ask. BRIANNA SLATTERY was
frequently a perfect threat to the