SENIOR FORWARD Megan Woods (at right) scored her first varsity goal during the Pioneers’ 5-1 victory over Georgetown on Sept. 14. (Jamie Hayman Photo)
Updates post publication:
Lynnfield falls to Hamilton-Wenham 2-0 (Sept. 19)
Lynnfield defeats North Reading 2-1 (Sept. 21)
By DAN TOMASELLO
LYNNFIELD — The girls’ soccer team has started the 2023 season undefeated.
The Pioneers (4-0) began last week shutting out Essex Tech 3-0 on Sept. 12.
After a scoreless opening frame, junior midfielder Emma Rose scored the Pioneers’ first goal two minutes into the second half. Senior forward Catie Kampersal had the assist.
Rose scored her second goal on a free kick eight minutes into the second half.
“Essex Tech has a good defense that is well organized,” said Pioneers head coach Mark Vermont. “Emma came up big by scoring those two goals, especially the first one that was right out of the gate.”
Freshman forward Kaylee Barrett scored her first varsity goal 18 minutes into the second half.
“It was great seeing Kaylee score her first varsity goal,” said Vermont.
Senior captain Ava Gamache tallied three saves in net against Essex Tech.
Vermont said the Pioneers played very well defensively against the Hawks.
“Our defense was very strong,” said Vermont. “We controlled the back. Senior captain Keely Briggs, freshman Avery Haney, junior Lily Rocco and junior Ariana Guarracino played very well defensively.”
The Pioneers kept rolling and defeated Georgetown 5-1 on Sept. 14.
Junior forward Bella Carroll scored four goals against the Royals, which was a career high. She scored her first goal three minutes into the game after receiving a pass from senior captain/midfielder Ally Sykes.
Carroll found the back of the net a second time 14 minutes into the first half. Freshman midfielder Giada Antidormi and Kampersal had the assists.
Georgetown scored its only goal of the game three minutes before halftime.
Lynnfield took a 3-1 lead after Carroll scored her third goal 11 minutes into the second half, assisted by Ally Sykes.
Carroll connected on her fourth goal after receiving a pass from sophomore forward/midfielder Bella Sykes with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Vermont said Carroll played very well against the Royals.
“Bella was very impressive,” said Vermont. “She scored some really nice goals.”
Senior forward Megan Woods scored her first varsity goal with seven minutes remaining in the game. Briggs had the assist.
“It was great that Megan scored her first varsity goal,” said Vermont. “She has a great attitude and she works very hard.”
Gamache tallied five saves in the cage for the Pioneers.
Vermont said Ally Sykes and junior Clara Caulfield played “very well in the middle for us.”
“Ally and Clara moved the ball very well,” said Vermont. “They are both very skilled.”
Vermont commended the Pioneers for playing a complete game.
“I was really happy with the energy we played with,” said Vermont. “Our ball movement was very good.”
The Pioneers traveled to Hamilton-Wenham on Tuesday, Sept. 19, taking place after deadline. Lynnfield hosts archrival North Reading on Thursday, Sept. 21, beginning at 4:30 p.m.