(Wenham MA) Gordon put short passes together all game long but most of them were horizontal.
However, ten minutes into the second half the Scots (8-4-2) put two vertical passes together and sophomore Lexi Potter broke in with the second one netting the only goal of the game.
The 1-0 victory over Salve Regina (5-9-3) extends the Scots win-streak to four with one game left in the regular season.
The Commonwealth Coast Conference tournament is scheduled to start next Saturday. Gordon, at 5-2-1 in the CCC, might face Salve again in the first round. GC is currently the #4 seed.
If Gordon can remain in the top four of the CCC they will earn for themselves a first-round home game. That would be a good thing because the Scots are undefeated (5-0) on the Wenham campus this season.
This was my first look at the women’s soccer team. I was immediately impressed with their determination and ability to keep possession of the ball for as long as possible. They forced the visitors from Newport (RI) to do a lot of chasing.
The GC seniors (Kay Silveira, Naomi Shearer, Kim Bowley, Chandler Stier, and Sammi Morren) and their parents were recognized in a pregame ceremony.
Later, Naomi would make a huge play in the game sliding across in front of SR’s Abby McMackin to block a high-percentage shot attempt. Abby has a team-high eleven goals this season for the Seahawks.
Lexi Potter’s goal deserved two assists. Why? Sophomore Devin Lacroix advanced the ball forward beyond midfield in the middle and connected ahead to moving sophomore teammate Ashton Barkey. Ashton took a few dribbles forward and put a beautiful pass ahead beyond the Seahawks’ defenders. Lexi flew in from the right, past the defenders, collected the ball, and shot past SR goalie Carly Pala’s right and the celebrating began. As you can see, Devin (2nd team CCC last year) deserved an assist.
The biggest stop by Gordon’s sophomore goalie Kali Denty? A direct-kick blast late in the game from the middle of the field by Lea Adams. Kali, who isn’t very tall, took a high dive to her right to snag a shot headed for the upper corner.
Abby McMackin (3rd team CCC last year) excelled for the Seahawks. I have pictures with her deep in both ends. She was relentless and had the best of SR’s scoring chances.
Hard to single out anyone for the Scots because they were so unselfish with the ball. And it helped that there always seemed to be someone to pass to.
The weather was truly remarkable. Seventies in late October?
Good crowd on hand for the noon contest. Many, I suspect, were connected to the five seniors.
Gordon had a scoreless tie with Salve Regina last season at Newport.
The Scots have reached the CCC tournament finals in each of the last two seasons. Maybe they can take the next step this year?
(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)