Updates post publication:
Lynnfield defeats Essex Tech 3-0 (Sept. 12)
Lynnfield defeats Georgetown 5-1 (Sept. 14)
Lynnfield falls to Hamilton-Wenham 2-0 (Sept. 19)
By DAN TOMASELLO
LYNNFIELD — The girls’ soccer team is off to a hot start to begin the 2023 season.
The Pioneers (2-0) began last week crushing Triton 8-0 on Sept. 5.
Junior forward Bella Carroll scored Lynnfield’s first goal 24 seconds into the game. Junior midfielder Clara Caulfield had the assist.
Sophomore midfielder Bella Sykes found the back of the net seven minutes into the opening frame, assisted by junior midfielder Emma Rose off of a corner kick.
Sophomore forward Ava Cook scored her first varsity goal after burying a shot 12 minutes into the first half, assisted by sophomore midfielder Hannah Ozanian.
The Pioneers’ scoring barrage continued throughout the second half. Bella Sykes scored her second goal of the game three minutes into the second half after being set up by Rose.
Senior midfielder Catie Kampersal gave the Pioneers a 5-0 lead after burying a shot seven minutes into the second half, assisted by junior defender Lily Rocco.
Rose buried a shot 13 minutes into the second half after converting on a corner kick.
Ozanian found the back of the net 17 minutes into the second half. Freshman midfielder Giada Antidormi had the assist.
Caulfield scored the Pioneers’ final goal with 14 minutes remaining in the game, assisted by Kampersal.
Senior captain Ava Gamache tallied two saves in net against Triton.
Head coach Mark Vermont was thrilled that the Pioneers opened the season with a shutout.
“It was a great win,” said Vermont. “We moved the ball well, capitalized on our opportunities and we scored some really nice goals.”
Vermont said Rocco, senior captain/defender Keely Briggs, junior midfielder Ella Hayman, junior defender Ariana Guarracino and freshman defender Avery Haney “played very well in the back.”
“We were very solid defensively,” said Vermont.
The Pioneers kept rolling and shutout rival Newburyport 4-0 on Sept. 7.
Carroll gave the Pioneers an early 1-0 lead 6:26 into the first half, assisted by Rose and Bella Sykes.
Rose scored her second goal of the season after burying a shot 15 minutes into the first half. Bella Sykes and her older sister, senior captain/midfielder Ally Sykes, had the assists.
Lynnfield had a 2-0 lead over Newburyport at halftime.
Ally Sykes scored her first goal of the season after finding the back of the net five minutes into the second half, assisted by Carroll and Kampersal.
Carroll scored the Pioneers’ final goal with 20 minutes remaining in the game, assisted by Kampersal.
Gamache tallied five saves in the cage against the Clippers.
Vermont said the Pioneers played very well against Newburyport.
“I was really happy with how the girls’ came out strong in the first half,” said Vermont. “Bella Carroll, Bella Sykes, Emma, Ally and Catie played very well. We locked Newburyport down defensively, and I was really happy that we won a number of 50-50 balls.”
The Pioneers traveled to Essex Tech on Tuesday, Sept. 12, beginning at 6 p.m. The Pioneers host Georgetown on Thursday, Sept. 14, beginning at 4 p.m.