Published in the September 30, 2015 edition
By DAN TOMASELLO
LYNNFIELD — The girls’ soccer team concluded last week with two victories and a loss.
The Pioneers (4-3-1) defeated Wayland 4-0 on Sept. 26.
Lynnfield took a 1-0 lead 18 minutes into the game when junior Liz Reed scored a goal, assisted by Kate Mitchell. Senior Hannah Scollard scored the locals’ second goal off a corner kick with 13 minutes remaining in the first half.
Reed scored her second goal of the contest 21 minutes into the second half after converting on a free kick.
“Liz had a great left footed shot from 25 yards out and the ball went into the upper far post,” said Pioneers head coach Mark Vermont.
Reed tallied a hat trick when she scored another goal a minute later, assisted by Scollard.
Senior goalie Kristen Buzzotta tallied six saves in net against Wayland.
Vermont praised the Pioneers’ performance against Wayland.
“I was really happy with the way we controlled the game,” said Vermont. “Wayland is a good team that plays in the Dual County League. We played well defensively and we won the 50-50 balls.”
The Pioneers defeated Rockport 4-0 on Sept. 24.
Senior captain Lexi Yannone scored the locals’ first goal three minutes into the game, assisted by Reed. Reed gave the Pioneers a 2-0 lead after out-maneuvering two Rockport defenders and finding the back of the net six minutes later.
Reed scored her second goal of the game 10 minutes before halftime after she knifed her way past two Rockport defenders, giving the locals a 3-0 lead at halftime.
Senior captain Abbie Weaver scored the Pioneers’ final goal with 11 minutes remaining in the game, assisted by sophomore Sydney Santosuosso.
“We did a nice job moving the ball,” said Vermont. “Our defense did a good job winning balls and putting Rockport back under pressure right away.”
Stung by Hornets
The Pioneers began last week falling 2-1 to archrival North Reading on Sept. 21. The contest was a rematch of the 2014 Division 3 North finals, which Lynnfield won 3-1.
The Hornets took an early 1-0 lead eight minutes into the game. Lynnfield tied the game at one a minute later when Reed scored the locals’ lone goal, assisted by Weaver.
North Reading scored the game-winning goal with 11 minutes remaining in the game.
“It’s always a battle when we play North Reading,” said Vermont. “It was a tough game for us because we had moments of brilliance, which was followed by moments of inconsistency.”
The Pioneers faced Hamilton-Wenham on Monday, Sept. 28, taking place after deadline. Lynnfield hosts Amesbury on Wednesday, Sept. 30, beginning at 3:45 p.m.
The locals travel to Ipswich on Friday, Oct. 2, beginning at 3:45 p.m. The Pioneers host Manchester-Essex on Tuesday, Oct. 6, beginning at 3:45 p.m.