Published in the September 24, 2015 edition
By DAN NUNN
NORTH READING — The NRHS girls varsity soccer team scored a big win over arch–rival Lynnfield on Monday, 2 to 1. Sophomore Juliette Nadeau scored with 11 minutes left to put the Lady Hornets ahead to stay. The girls’ are now 3–1–1 on the season.
Blank Pentucket 2-0
In their home opener on September 16, the Lady Hornets downed the Pentucket Sachems 2-0 to improve to 2-1-0 on the season. Sophomore Karlie Vesey scored the first varsity goal of her career. Junior goalkeeper Katerina Hassapis added a goal on a penalty kick.
It was a fairly quiet first half with only a handful of chances for each team. But the action heated up in the second half with both teams trading opportunities. The game still remained scoreless until the 69th minute when North Reading caught a break. A Pentucket defender was called for a handball in the box and the Hornets were awarded a penalty. Hassapis was called on to take the kick and calmly finished it off to give North Reading a 1-0 lead.
The goal seemed to ignite the offense. Just four minutes later in the 73rd minute Vesey put the game away. Vesey’s initial shot clanged off the post, but after sophomore Meredith Griffin ripped a shot off the first rebound that was saved, the second rebound rolled right to Vesey who tucked the ball into the open net.
Battle Triton to Scoreless Draw
After their victory over Pentucket the Lady Hornets took on the Triton Vikings on the road on Friday afternoon and battled to a 0-0 tie. Katerina Hassapis made seven saves and recorded her third shutout of the season.
North Reading was hungry for a victory over the Vikings who beat them twice last season. Senior captain and midfielder Jillian Comeau was dominant in the middle controlling possession and creating multiple chances. But unfortunately the Hornets were unable to find the back of the net.
Fortunately the defensive line of senior captain Katie Welch, junior Giana Moscaritolo, junior Jessica Muise and sophomore Kirsten Bradley contained Triton’s top talent Morgan Snow, and kept the Viking off the scoresheet.