Girls’ Soccer Advances to State Tournament

The girls’ soccer team had a tall task facing them coming into this season. After losing 8 seniors, the girls’ success would be based off of if they repeated their SCC championship and earned a playoff berth, similar to last year. Unfortunately, the girls did not win the SCC title; however, they weren’t discouraged and were able to earn a playoff spot with a key win over Bourne last week.

The girls beat the Lady Canalmen 1-0, with senior Alison Francis scoring the only goal of the game. Sophomore Defender Nicole Gifford is credited with the assist that launched the Lady Bulldogs to their second straight playoff appearance.

The girls, having already clinched a playoff spot, could have sat back and lost their last three games. Instead, they came out strong against GNB Voc-Tech only two days later and won 2-1, thanks to goals from sophomore Kaleigh Goulart and senior Midfielder Hannah Walsh. In their second to last game of the season, the girls tied 1-1 to Hanover High School, thanks to a goal from Walsh and an assist from Goulart. Goalie Mikayla Demanche had great performances over the final three games, particularly in the tie against Hanover, as she had 7 key saves.

The golf team competed in their state competition last week, also. The Bulldogs finished fifth with 343 points, with good performances on the windy course by Cam Severino (89), Ben Coucci (93), and Jackson Mitchell (85). The standout of the day was senior Andrew Augustine, who was a medalist for the golf match after he shot an impressive 5-over-par (76). Augustine will now advance to the state finals as an individual for the second straight year.

By Michael Kassabian

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