Behind a great team defensive effort and some timely goal scoring, the Saugus boys soccer team earned a 2-0 victory over Lynn Classical on the road at Manning Field Thursday night.
Ryan Pugh scored both goals for the Sachems in the win, while Jonathan Rodrigues had one assist. On the defensive end, Gaspard Jean, Elijah Gately, Vincent Coluccio and Francesco Salzillo all played well. Goalkeeper Juan Lopez made a number of big saves in net.
Classical 45, Malden 27
The Rams continue their unbeaten streak in the early part of the season, improving to 6-0 after a solid win over Malden. Brendan Lannon, Brett Bucklin, Luke Rao and Tim Nerich all won their respective matches en route to a victory.
Classical hosts Everett Monday at Gannon.
Swampscott 44 1/2, Beverly 27 1/2
Despite dropping the first two games, the Big Blue rallied behind the bottom of its lineup to earn the victory.
Swampscott got wins from No. 3 Aidan Graciale (5-4), No. 4 Max Pegnato (5 1/2-3 1/2), No. 5 Lou Spellios (6 1/2-2 1/2), No. 6 Tate Greenfield (7-2), No. 7 Aidan Tierney (7-2) and No. 8 Danny Dilisio (7-2).
Swampscott (3-0) hosts Medford Monday at Tedesco Country Club.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Peabody 25, Marblehead 30
Despite having a handful of runners finish in the top 10 Thursday, the Magicians couldn’t muster enough points to get the win.
Senior Kristy Twaalfhoven took first place in the race, finishing with a time of 21:01. Sophomore Caroline Johnson grabbed the No. 2 spot with a time of 22:01, while junior Olivia Cleary finished in eighth place (22:37) and senior Mirabella Vulikh finished ninth (23:01). Sophomore Muriel Owen finished in 10th place with a time of 23:07.
Marblehead is now 0-1.
Swampscott 20, Winthrop 30
The Big Blue took five of the top seven spots in the race to earn a victory Thursday.
Olivia King led the way in second place, while Elizabeth Green finished third, Leonie Flackie finished fourth, Clara Harrington finished fifth, Gigi Dishman finished sixth and Emma Sands finished seventh.
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Marblehead 23, Peabody 33
Marblehead opened its season with a victory Thursday after registering four of the top five finishers in the race.
Loeden Rodrigues led the pack in second place (17:41), while Oliver Glass finished third (17:50). Ciro Martin-Sotos (18:01) and Harry DiBartolo (18:34) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Swampscott 25, Winthrop 30
With three runners finishing in the top five and five runners placing in the top 10, the Big Blue earned a close win Thursday.
Dylan Brawly finished in second place, while Michael Ferragamo finished third and Reece Klusza finished fifth. Matt Brown finished in seventh place and Darian Wulf finished in eighth place.
Masconomet 3, Marblehead 0
It was tough going for the Magicians Thursday night against a powerful Masconomet team, as Marblehead lost in straight sets, 19-25, 12-25, 23-25.
Anna Arbo had three kills, four blocks and 12 digs in the loss, while Sarah Lipsky had six kills. Izzy Curtin finished the night with 13 assists.
Marblehead (3-1) hosts Danvers Monday.
Lynnfield 3, Reading 0
The Pioneers took on one of the giants of the Middlesex League and swept the Rockets, 25-23, 26-24, 25-18 to improve to 4-0.
Melissa Morelli had a monster game with 12 kills, nine assists and four digs, while Sam DeGeorge was a force at the net with seven blocks. Mac Schena had a solid all-around game with 10 kills and six digs.
The Pioneers, who have failed to drop a set this season, are back in action Sept. 17 at Georgetown.
“Once we figured out their weaknesses, we were able to make their defense collapse and run our offense,” said Lynnfield coach Brent Ashley. “We are not used to playing D1 schools, so once we realized we could play with them, that empowered us so we just turned off our brains and played the way we know how. That’s a big win for us, no doubt about it.”