HANDLING PRESSURE WITH APLOMB. Hornet junior Payton Conway–Baker gets this pass off despite pressure from her Masco opponent. (John Friberg Photo)

Win third straight game

MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — The Lady Hornets won their third straight soccer game, defeating the Manchester-Essex Hornets 2-0 on September 22. Sophomore Marissa Zarella and senior tri-captain Cole Godzinski scored for North Reading.

The game was sluggish for the first 20 minutes. But in the 22nd minute the Hornets got on the board when Jillian Comeau found Zarella for the opening goal. After the goal they controlled possession and pressured the Manchester-Essex defense.

Five minutes after their first goal North Reading scored again when junior Anna Tayas sent a great through ball to Godzinski who buried the ball into the back of the net.

It was 2-0 Hornets at the half. Both teams moved the ball in the second half but were held off the scoreboard and North Reading went on to the 2-0 victory.

Tie Georgetown

The Hornets are still looking for their first home victory of the season after their 1-1 tie with the Georgetown Royals on September 24. North Reading is now 3-2-2 on the season.

North Reading came out organized and created a bunch of scoring chances in the first half. Late in the first half their hard work was rewarded. Anna Tayas played a through ball to senior tri-captain Tori Brown, who beat a defender down the left wing, blasted a shot off the crossbar and into the back of the net.

The defensive play of senior tri-captain Kerri-Ann Donovan, sophomores Jessica Muise and Giana Moscaritolo and Tayas continued to shut down the Royals for almost the entire second half. But unfortunately late in the game a Georgetown cross floated over the North Reading defense right to their midfielder who finished off the play with the equalizer.

Upcoming games

The team traveled to Rockport Tuesday (after press time) and head to the home of the Indians at Amesbury today at 3:45 p.m. On Monday, October 6, they host rival Lynnfield at 4:30 p.m. under the lights at Arthur J. Kenney Field before traveling to Ipswich for a 6 p.m. start.

Alumni game on Columbus Day

Calling any and all former NRHS girls’ soccer players. On Monday, October 13, NRHS girls’ soccer alumni game will be held. Play five minutes, 80 minutes or just share stories. With a $10 donation players will receive a “FINISH T-Shirt.”

Players’ check in and warm up is at 12 p.m. with kickoff at 12:30 p.m. on Arthur J. Kenney Turf Field. E-mail/RSVP to Head Coach Sean Killeen at