Published in the October 13, 2016 edition
By DAN NUNN
Beat Royals 2–0
NORTH READING — The Lady Hornets varsity girls soccer team won again, this time defeating the Georgetown Royals 2–0 in their matchup on October 5. Juniors Rachel Hill and Juliette Nadeau scored with junior Karlie Vesey picking up two assists.
North Reading dominated play in the first half but time and again lacked the finishing touch. Their best chance came in the 30th minute when sophomore Ava Zarella hit the post and then put the rebound over the crossbar. The game headed to the half at 0-0.
It took little time for the Hornets to score in the second half. In the 46th minute Hill raced to a beautiful through ball from Vesey in the box and beat the Royals goalie inside the far post with a low line drive. 12 minutes later Vesey shot a rocket on a free kick from 20 yards out that hit the crossbar and bounced to Nadeau who popped in the rebound.
Sink Vikings, 3–0
The Hornets qualified for the State Tournament for the fourth straight season with their 3–0 road victory over the Rockport Vikings on Friday. North Reading has won six games in a row and nine of their last ten to improve to 9–2 on the season.
Senior Katerina Hassapis scored on a penalty kick to go along with her sixth consecutive shutout. Hassapis has recorded an incredible nine shutouts and only surrendered four goals in 11 games. Senior Haley Nathan and Karlie Vesey scored as well.
It took a while for the Hornets to strike in the first half. Finally in the 31st minute Nathan broke the scoreless tie with her goal on assists from freshman Alyssa Prusik and senior Giana Moscaritolo. The lead was 1–0 at the half.
The offense continued to roll in the second half. In the 66th minute Vesey scored and just two minutes later Hassapis closed the scoring when she buried her penalty.
The Lady Hornets hope to continue their winning ways against three tough teams next wee:
• Thursday, Oct. 13, at Masconomet. The game starts at 4:30 p.m
• Monday, Oct. 17 at Newburport, with a 3:45 p.m. start.
• Wednesday, Oct. 19 vs. Pentucket at North Reading. This game starts at 4:30 p.m.