Published in the October 19, 2017 edition

SENIOR DEFENDER Meredith Griffin (4) cuts off a Lynnfield attacker during the Hornets road game against the Pioneers last week. (John Friberg Photo)


NORTH READING — The NRHS girls’ soccer team earned a hard fought 1-1 draw against the undefeated Masconomet Chieftains on October 10. Masco is currently ranked 6th in the Boston Globe’s top 20. Senior captain Juliette Nadeau scored for North Reading. Junior Alyssa Crugnale had a strong game in net with nine saves.

Crugnale was very busy in the first 10 minutes but was able to keep the game scoreless with a few key saves. Her hard work would pay off in the 19th minute when Nadeau found a loose ball, streaked into the box and blasted a low shot past the diving keeper to give NRHS a 1-0 lead. The lead would remain 1-0 at the half.

Unfortunately, the lead only lasted until the 50th minute when the Chieftains scored on a terrific service off of a corner kick. The goal seemed to reinvigorate Masco as they dominated play the rest of the second half. But Crugnale stood tall in net and preserved the tie.

Unbeaten streak snapped by Pioneers

The Lynnfield Pioneers snapped the Hornets five-game unbeaten streak with their 2-0 victory over North Reading on Thursday afternoon.

The Pioneers got the scoring started in the 11th minute. They added another goal eight minutes later and led 2-0 at the half. In the second half, Lynnfield held the Hornets off the scoreboard to secure the shutout win.

Shut out Rockport 5-0

The Hornets defeated the visiting Rockport Vikings, 5-0, on Monday to clinch a berth in the state tournament. It is the 5th straight state tournament appearance for North Reading. More details to follow next week.