Girls Soccer team defense tested twice with two star players | Sports
WILMINGTON – Playing in the Middlesex League is hard enough, but facing two of the best players around, in the same week, is even harder.
Last week, the Wilmington High School girls’ soccer team traveled to Woburn last Thursday to take on a much-improved Tanners team led by senior Cyndea LaBissiere, who will head to Division 1 soccer next fall. at Lehigh University. Then on Monday, the ‘Cats welcome Belmont, who are an extremely talented team despite their 5-3-1 record, and are led by rookie Sadie Kabrhel, whose speed alone – not to mention her skill – makes a difference. she is one of the best players in this area for sure.
Week 0-1-1 puts Wilmington at 3-5-3 overall.
In the first go-around against the Tanners, rookie Erin McCarthy did a terrific job watching LaBissiere. In the second, Kabrhel’s speed created a lot of headaches for Wilmington as she featured in both goals, but that came before, during and after McCarthy and Ali Ganley had the task of following her.
“The scouting report we had, we knew (Kabrhel) was going to be a problem, so we did what we did against Woburn in the game before and the man tagged (Labissiere), who has a purse to play next year at Lehigh University,” Wildcat head coach Sue Hendee said. “(Labissière is) very, very fast but she’s a very different player to (Kabrhel). That girl was very , very hard to contain.Even specifically marking her the whole game, you just can’t give her chances.
“We had Erin who started because she had done such a good job stopping the Woburn girl, who is big and strong and very, very quick. Erin did a phenomenal job, but (LaBissiere) isn’t as active as (Kabrhel) – when the ball is at her feet she’s amazing, but (Kabrhel) works to get the ball back to her feet. She was just very, very hard to contain. She’s the best player I’ve seen in this league and she’s just a rookie.
Wilmington’s offense actually proved to be very strong early in the Belmont game. Molly MacDonald sent a nice pass past her sister Kate, who came out the right side and fired a shot that was caught by the Marauders goalkeeper, face high.
Belmont quickly took possession of the ball after that and raced up the field with quick passes. Lily Duffy came out the right side and cut down the middle, but was cut off by senior Wildcats defenseman Colleen Baldi. The ball broke loose and quickly Kabrhel picked it up and fired a quick shot from Wildcats goaltender Ashley Mercier, who made a nice diving save to her right to keep the game scoreless.
With less than 25 minutes to go in the first half, Kabrhel came down the right side with the ball, moved around and took a shot which was saved, but the rebound was put home by Duffy for this who turned out to be the winner of the match.
With 30 minutes left in the second half, Kabrhel exploded through the ‘Cats defense to chase a loose ball, before collecting it on his foot and placing a shot beautifully into the bottom left corner.
“I feel like we threw everything we could at them. We tried to change our line-up, we tried to tag different people and I thought Ali Ganley did a really good job there. frustrating. Ali is more of an aggressive player and we made that initial change and that helped,” Hendee said. “They’re a good team and their record doesn’t indicate that. and it’s all upside down. You never know what’s going to happen. Woburn scored four goals on Belmont. I’ve never seen the Middlesex League score so tight and unpredictable.
“We come with the philosophy that anything can happen because anything can happen. We need to approach Wakefield as a game to win rather than a game against a side we beat 5-0 earlier in the season. Wakefield just beat Belmont, 4-2, so that’s just crazy.
In the match against Woburn, Ganley scored the only goal with an assist for Alle Delgenio.
On Tuesday, the latest MIAA power rankings came out and in Division 2, Wilmington ranks 22nd. The top 32 do this automatically as well as any team that finishes .500 or better.
Wilmington travel to face Wakefield on Thursday night at 6 p.m., before hosting Stoneham on Saturday night at 7 p.m., part of the double-header fundraising game, with the men’s teams playing first at 5:15 p.m.