Published November 5, 2020


CLARE SCAMMON and the NRHS girls’ soccer team are undefeated in their last seven games. After their season-opening loss to Newburyport, the Hornets are 4-0-3 including a 3-0 victory against Manchester-Essex on Oct. 28. (Kathy Magner Photo)

NORTH READING — After a draw against Ipswich on Oct. 24, the NRHS girls’ soccer team traveled to Manchester-Essex on Oct. 28 and turned in their best performance of the season with a 3-0 victory.

Junior Maddie DiNapoli and sophomores Olivia Vasquez and Jenna DiNapoli scored for North Reading. Senior goalkeepers Megan McNeil and Julia Thorstad combined for the shutout. 

In the 17th minute, Vasquez put NRHS ahead 1-0 when she took a redirected a corner kick from fellow sophomore Jenna DiNapoli and blasted home her first varsity goal.

The forward grouping of senior Ashley Rabbitt, Maddie DiNapoli and Jenna DiNapoli continued to buzz around the M-E net looking to add to the lead in the second quarter. Once again in the 38th minute, Jenna DiNapoli put herself in the right place and finished a rebound off of Maddie’s shot to give North Reading a 2-0 halftime lead before the half.

At the beginning of the second half, M-E turned up the pressure, but the backline of juniors Sammie Magner and Annie MacLellan and seniors Katelyn Gorgenyi and Kaitlyn Copelas held down the fort.

In the 71st minute, Maddie DiNapoli closed the book on the scoring when she absorbed a beautiful pass on the right wing from Sophia Galuppo and scored. 

The Hornets hosted Georgetown on Wednesday after press time. They conclude their season on Sunday against Pentucket, 11 a.m. at NRHS.