Swampscott’s Michela Agresti netted a hat trick in Friday’s win.
By Harold Rivera
Michela Agresti stole the show for Swampscott Friday as the forward scored all three goals for the Big Blue (9-0-1) en route to a 3-0 win over Classical at Manning Field.
“She played great today,” Swampscott coach Ken Leeder said. “All three of her goals were spectacular.”
In net, Nikki Rosa earned the shutout with one save in the contest.
“I thought we played well,” Leeder said. “Classical fought hard and they were organized defensively. I thought we did a good job of staying patient and we got a nice win.”
For Classical, coach Bob Burns was pleased with the play of Julia Jordan, Noemi Escobar and Amanda Wilkins.
“We kept the game close, and overall they did a great job, very spirited throughout the whole game,” Burns said. “Swampscott is a very, very good team.”
Swampscott will have a tall task ahead of it on Sunday afternoon when the Big Blue host Peabody at 2:30 p.m.
“We have to stay organized,” Leeder said. “I think it’ll come down to a one goal game so hopefully we get that goal.”
Salem 3, English 1
Alexa Zayas found the net in the 19th minute to give the Bulldogs the early 1-0 lead, but Salem marched back with three unanswered goals to claim the win. Tommi Hill was strong in net for English (1-8-3) with 15 saves.
Ed McNeil, coach of the Bulldogs, also credited defenders Taylor Sullivan and Sydney Denham. “They both played terrific today,” McNeil said.
English is back in action on Tuesday when the Bulldogs host Winthrop at 5:15 p.m.
“They’re having a tough season like we are,” McNeil said. “We’ll try to generate some offense.”
Danvers 3, Marblehead 2
Meghan McCarthy and Meeghan Cronin each scored a goal for the Magicians (10-2-1).
“We came out flat in the beginning and it cost us,” Marblehead coach Andrew Bub said. “We made some adjustments and we battled back from down 2-0 to make it a game. We’ve lost two in a row but this will get us ready for the tournament.”
For Danvers (10-2), Nicole White scored a pair of goals in the first half. Abby Cash netted the eventual game-winner for the Falcons in the second half. Goalkeeper Savanna Demsey turned in an outstanding performance in net with 12 saves in the contest.
“She had a strong game in goal for us,” Danvers coach Jim Hinchion said.
Danvers has now won seven straight games.
“It was a huge win for us,” Hinchion said. “Marblehead had only one loss coming in. I thought we played very well. It’s never easy to get a win over Marblehead, especially with the season they’re having.”
Both teams have big games coming up, as the Falcons host Swampscott on Tuesday night, and Marblehead (10-2-1) will visit Peabody on Tuesday.
Saugus 7, Revere 0
Shaylin Groark led the way with two scores in the win. Bianca Gallotto, Rachel Nazzaro, Allison LeBlanc, Aryana Carney and Olivia Valente each scored a goal for the Sachems.
“We played well,” Saugus coach Chris Coviello said. “We moved the ball around well. It was one of those games where we scored the first goal and everything went in after that.”
The Sachems will look to carry the momentum when they visit Beverly on Tuesday.
Notre Dame 3, Fenwick 0
It was a tough loss for the Crusaders (6-4-2), as Notre Dame scored midway through the contest and never looked back.
“They had a lot of momentum,” Fenwick coach Karen Guillemette said. “The score doesn’t tell the story of the game.”
Emily Smith turned in a “smart and solid” performance for the Crusaders at the defender position. Fenwick will look to bounce back on Monday when the team visits Austin Prep.
Peabody 1, Gloucester 0
With the win, Peabody (9-1-1) qualifies for the state tournament. Chloe Gizzi scored the lone goal of the contest. Katherine Scacchi, Jillian Arigo, Ali Demeo, Alyssa Shashaty were strong defensively, as the Tanners held Gloucester to just one shot.
Swampscott 5, Classical 0
Dan Johnson scored two goals and Kevin Coffey notched five saves to lead the Swampscott (9-2-1) to the win. Max Carbone, Jack Dennehy and Adam Hause each scored a goal for the Big Blue. With the win, Swampscott clinches a spot in the state tournament.
“That was our first goal of the season,” Swampscott coach Eric Robinson said. “We have three of them coming in with our expectations from last season: first was qualifying for states, next is winning the NEC and then winning a state title.”
The Big Blue have a tough match ahead next Tuesday when they host Danvers.
“We’re on a good run right now,” Robinson said. “It’s going to be a physical game from start to finish.”
Tech 3, Greater Lawrence 0
Greg Aragon found the net in the 25th minute to give Tech a 1-0 lead. Armando Jimenez and Christian Irias also scored for the Tigers (4-4-4) in the win.
“We played great,” Tech coach Jeremy McKeen said. “They dominated and had plenty of shots.”
Isaac Perez earned the shutout in net for Tech with seven saves in the game. Thomas Khai also played well.
“Our midfield and our finishing game shined brighter today than any other game this season,” McKeen said. “This is a playoff team and we’re really seeing them come together. It was one of our better games.”
McKeen added, “our junior varsity won too, so it was a fun ride home.” Tech plays four games next week, the first is at Essex Tech on Monday.
Peabody 2, Gloucester 0
Make that four wins a row now for the red-hot Tanners (5-5-1). Zack Silva and Johnny Alves scored the goals for Peabody. Alves’ score came on an assist from Austin Silva. Jake Zeuli earned the shutout in net with 11 saves in the contest. Peabody coach Stan McKeen praised his group of defenders in Chris Belliveau, Brian Bombaci, Michael Fay and Stephen Panzini for a solid performance. “They were the keys to the game today,” McKeen said. “They played excellent defense.” McKeen added, “we controlled most of the game. Our defense and goaltending has been the reason we’re doing well.” Peabody will visit Billerica at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Fenwick 3, Marblehead 0
Fenwick wins in straight sets, 25-22, 25-8, 25-12. Molly Camelo (13 kills, five blocks), Sam Mancinellli (23 assists) and Stephanie Bona (14 digs, seven kills) led the way for the Crusaders. Mary O’Brien (seven kills, three blocks) and Julia Fusco (13 digs) also contributed to the winning efforts. Fenwick (13-2) visits Archbishop Williams on Tuesday.
For Marblehead, Eve Rice and Jenny Norcross each had five kills. Reilly O’Grady (12 assists) and Mandy Dumais (12 digs) also played well for the Magicians (9-3).
Lynnfield 1, Triton 1
Down 1-0, Lynnfield’s Kathleen Hamm scored the equalizer with five minutes remaining and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. Hamm’s goal came on an assist from Jailyn Grabau. “We knew it was going to be a tough game,” Lynnfield coach Mamie Reardon said. “Triton’s always a good team. They came back pretty full-force in the second half. It was a back-and-forth game.”
Elise Murphy and Marianne Oliveri turned in strong performances for the Pioneers, while Lydia Picariello had four saves in net. The Pioneers (9-2-3) host Pentucket on Tuesday.
Gloucester 48, Salem 28
Gloucester led 28-0 at the half and never looked back, en route to a big win at Bertram Field. With the win, the Fishermen (5-1) clinched a share of the NEC South crown. Christian Sanfilippo was the first to find the end zone for the Fishermen, giving Gloucester a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. A few minutes later, Marc Smith scored on a 21-yard pass from Nate Young to make it 14-0. Sanfilippo added two more touchdowns in the second quarter, to give his team a big 28-0 lead at the half. The Witches found the end zone in the third quarter, when Jared Lubas connected with Jayco Pena for a 20-yard touchdown pass. By then it was too little too late, as Gloucester cruised to the 48-28 win. Jeff Rodriguez and Vincent Gaskins also scored touchdowns for the Witches (3-3). Next week, Salem visits Revere while Gloucester hosts Saugus.