Mur­ray saves day for Med­way

West­ford, AW, Mil­lis ad­vance

Boston Herald - - NHL / NBA SCOREBOARD / RACING - By KYLE PRUDHOMME Greg Dudek, Brian Roach and David Pol­lard con­trib­uted to this re­port.

STATE GIRLS SOC­CER

Sa­man­tha Mur­ray saved the game on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. It’s only right she came away with the fi­nal stop.

Mur­ray’s hero­ics in penalty kicks se­cured No. 2 Med­way’s 2-1 vic­tory over No. 5 Notre Dame in the Di­vi­sion 2 South cham­pi­onship game yes­ter­day in Taun­ton.

“I knew Sam was go­ing to make one save,” Mus­tangs coach Ja­son Ro­jee said. “(She’s) prob­a­bly the best goalie to come through this town and I got her back for one more year, which is awe­some.”

Med­way (17-2-2) came out fiery in the sec­ond half and it paid off in the 52nd minute when Au­drey Cobb threaded two de­fend­ers, al­low­ing Meg Down­ing to fin­ish a oneon-one with the keeper for a 1-0 lead.

Min­utes later, the Cougars (15-5-2) stormed back when Emma Tucker flicked a low pass on net, guid­ing the shot out of the reach of Mur­ray for the equal­izer. De­spite an in­crease in shots for both teams, nei­ther could con­vert again, send­ing the game to over­time where the trend con­tin­ued.

In penalty kicks, Med­way nailed all five chances be­fore Mur­ray sent her team to the next round, div­ing to her left to stonewall the shot from Olivia Mucci.

“It’s our third state cham­pi­onship (game) in a row. It’s time to come home with a win,” Ro­jee said of the im­pend­ing match against North champ Dan­vers.

Di­vi­sion 1

West­ford Academy 2, King Philip 1 — Kather­ine Pawlak’s goal in the 64th minute punched the Grey Ghosts’ ticket to their first state fi­nal ap­pear­ance with a win against the War­riors in Brock­ton.

“I love that it hap­pened with this group be­cause they’ve been work­ing hard for three and four years,” said West­ford coach Tracy Capone, whose Grey Ghosts will face Wachusett on Satur­day in the state fi­nal. “They’ve wanted it and the work ethic is there (with) the de­sire and heart. All the pieces of the puz­zle are there.”

West­ford (17-1-2) struck first in the 26th minute when Alexan­dria Giovino scored from the top of the box.

KP (20-2-2) an­swered a minute be­fore half­time when Emma Cor­co­ran’s corner found Avery Snead, who headed the ball home to level the score.

The Grey Ghosts re­mained un­fazed and went ahead for good when Mary Cado­gan found Pawlak wide open in front of the net for her sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game-win­ning goal.

“It’s re­ally fun to share these mo­ments with my team,” Pawlak said. “We al­ways said when we were lit­tle that we re­ally want to make it to the cham­pi­onship.”

Di­vi­sion 3

Arch­bishop Wil­liams 3, New­bury­port 2 — For the first time in pro­gram his­tory, Arch­bishop Wil­liams is head­ing to a state ti­tle con­test.

Macken­zie Heath’s penalty shot in the 40th minute pro­peled the Bish­ops to the win in Lynn.

“Macken­zie Heath has been spot on for us all year on PKs and she hit one again,” said Arch­bishop Wil­liams coach Gordie McClay. “That was huge for us.”

It was Heath’s sec­ond tally of the con­test af­ter her free kick from 27 yards out in the 27th minute put the Bish­ops up 2-1.

Cap­tain Kaylee Walsh made seven of her 10 saves in a score­less sec­ond half, in­clud­ing two in a 30-sec­ond span with 16 min­utes to go to keep Arch­bishop Wil­liams (20-1-2) in front.

Also for the Bish­ops, Chigozie Su­mani scored off an as­sist from Aoife De­laney in the 21st minute.

New­bury­port (16-4-3) struck first on a tally from Colleen By­ron off a pass from Sa­man­tha Kelle­her five min­utes in. Chris­tine Good scored the other goal in the 32nd minute to tie it at 2-2.

The Bish­ops will face Sut­ton in the Div. 3 state fi­nal on Satur­day.

Di­vi­sion 4

Mil­lis 2, Ames­bury 1 — The South cham­pion Mo­hawks (16-2-2) over­came a one-goal deficit in the sec­ond half to de­feat the North cham­pion In­di­ans (16-6-1) in dou­bleover­time in Lynn to earn a chance to play for a state ti­tle for the first time since 2009.

In the 100th minute of the match, cap­tain Kaylee Fran­cis fed a streak­ing Alexi Val­lan­court up the mid­dle for a clean break, and Val­lan­court made no mis­take, drilling the gamewin­ner to the far left-side post to send the Mil­lis bench into a frenzy.

“The mes­sage that late in the match was to just keep com­po­sure . ... Alexi’s one of the key cogs in this ma­chine that we have,” said Mil­lis coach Steve Bailen. “Kaylee is a su­per­star on our team and a big goal scorer, it was a nice feed over to Alexi and she made a great shot to fin­ish it.”

In the 62nd minute, Jor­dyn Fer­rantino scored off a corner kick to tie the game at 1-1, the first goal the In­di­ans al­lowed in the tour­na­ment.

Emma DiPi­etro put the In­di­ans on top 1-0 in the 32nd minute.

The Mo­hawks will play Mill­bury on Satur­day in the state fi­nal.

STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN WIL­COX

RIS­ING TO THE OC­CA­SION: Med­way play­ers cel­e­brate with the Di­vi­sion 2 South girls soc­cer cham­pi­onship tro­phy af­ter beat­ing Notre Dame (Hing­ham) in penalty kicks.

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