Published in the October 10, 2018 edition


IPSWICH — Last Friday afternoon, the Lynnfield High boys’ soccer team blanked host Ipswich, 3-0. With that victory, the Pioneers improved to 9-1 overall and in the Cape Ann League. They also clinched a bid for the Division 3 state tournament.

“The kids were happy to clinch it so early in the season,” said Pioneers head coach Brent Munroe, as his team qualified for the tournament for the third year in a row.

All three goals came in the first half.

Max Sieger scored the first goal on a throw in by Luke Martinho as he headed it in. Tom Buston made it 2-0 on another header on a corner kick by John Luders ten minutes later.

JACK CAMPBELL picked up his fifth shutout of the season when the Pioneers beat Ipswich 3-0 last week. Also pictured is Tom Buston (12) who scored two goals against the Tigers. (Dan Pawlowski Photo)

Buston then scored the backbreaking goal in the final minute of the first half on a scramble in front of the Tigers net.

Lynnfield goalie Jack Campbell made eight saves as he improved to 9-1.

Lynnfield is in second place behind Masconomet in the CAL Kinney division. The Chieftains gave the Pioneers their lone loss.

Top Amesbury 

At home on Oct. 3, the Pioneers rolled over Amesbury, 6-1. This one was decided early as the Pioneers led 4-1 at the half.

Buston, Tom Hauser, Jack Cleary, Nathan Bass, Ben Sykes and Luders all found the back of the Indians net.

“It was a fun game,” said Munroe, who was pleased with the balanced scoring. “We were able to play a lot of kids.”

Campbell only had to make two saves to record the shutout.

Lynnfield will try to improve its seeding for the upcoming tournament the rest of the season. Thursday night at 6 p.m., they welcome North Reading. They then travel to Reading to take on Austin Prep this Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

The Pioneers then return to CAL action on Monday afternoon as they host Manchester-Essex. That game will start at 3:45 p.m.