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St Mary’s girls defeat Pope John for Lynn girls soccer championship 4-0

LYNN – Coach Jim Foley brought his Spartans into the Lynn City Soccer Tournament final with a dual purpose: first, to win the trophy, and second, to claim his 100th victory as the head coach of St. Mary’s. The Spartans won 4-0 over Pope John.Amanda Webster got the team off to a flying start in the 16th minute when she took a dead-ball kick from about 30 yards out and put it in over the keeper’s head. With 11 minutes to go in the first half, the game was halted because of thunder and lightning in the neighborhood. The delay lasted a little over an hour, and when the game resumed, both teams seemed to walk through the final 11 minutes of the half.Coach Foley fired up the Spartans. Within 10 minutes of the start of the second half, Maria Piperidis took a shot on the Pope John keeper that rebounded to Brianna Barker, who beat the sprawled keeper to the corner. Piperidis claimed the assist. Eight minutes later, Lauren Edmonds and Amanda Webster teamed up on a give-and-go, with Edmonds getting the shot and goal, and Webster picking up the assist.In the 68th minute, the Spartans were awarded a penalty shot that was missed high over the crossbar. St Mary’s ended the scoring in the 76th minute with the goal scored by Briana Barker on a left-footed kick from the far right wing that went in behind the far right post. The ball hit the post and slid in. The assist on the goal went to Kathleen Cliffe. The tourney MVPs of this game were Filona Lunney from Pope John and Barker from St. Mary’s.

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