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Spartans punch their ticket to D4 North semifinal

Kayla Demers (left) helped the Spartans to another Division 4 North tournament bid last season. (Item File Photo)

DORCHESTER — Make room for the St. Mary’s girls soccer team in the Division 4 North semifinal round. The No. 10 Spartans punched their ticket to the semis with a 7-0 shutout win over No. 2 Tech Boston at a wet and windy Roberts Field Tuesday afternoon.

St. Mary’s scored five goals in the first half and held full command at the midway break. The Spartans added two goals in the second half to seal the win.

“It’s a tournament game so we had to come out and take care of business,” Spartans coach Jim Foley said. “We wanted to get up early and finish the job. I think we wanted to put the pressure on them early and we did that.”

Junior forward Kayla Demers and junior midfielder Katie O’Neill each scored two goals to lead St. Mary’s offense. Sophomore forward Julia Nickolau and junior defenders Morgan Mackey and Emily Egan each scored one goal.

Goalies Jada Mateo (freshman) and Adri Bowker (eighth grader) combined for the shutout.

Although they scored five goals in the opening period, it took the Spartans a while to gain their rhythm. St. Mary’s created a number of scoring chances in the early minutes but none of them found the back the net. Demers ended the scoreless drought when she scored the game’s first goal six minutes in.

“It was a little bit of the weather and a little of getting our feet under us,” Foley said. “It was a long bus ride. We didn’t know much about the opponent. Kayla, as she usually does, set the tone early. She set the tone and we were able to get going.”

After Demers got things started, St. Mary’s found itself moving in the right direction. O’Neill scored six minutes later to bump St. Mary’s lead to 2-0.

Then the floodgates opened and the Bears couldn’t weather the storm. Demers, Nickolau and Egan followed suit with tallies and the Spartans stretched the lead to 5-0. Tech Boston’s best chance at getting on the board came at the of the half when the Bears drew a free kick. The shot was wide and St. Mary’s carried a comfortable 5-0 lead at recess.

Mackey joined in on the scoring when she picked up a corner kick and drilled it home on a header with 36:00 to play. O’Neill fired in her second goal of the game four minutes later to cap the scoring. St. Mary’s cruised the rest of the way and ran out the clock for the 7-0 win.

The Spartans now shift gears toward gearing up for Thursday’s Division 4 North semifinal against No. 6 Amesbury. The Chieftains advanced to the semifinals with Tuesday’s 3-0 win over No. 3 Essex Tech in the quarterfinal round.

“It’s like every other day,” Foley said. “Hopefully we can get to the North final. Amesbury is a good team. This is the third year in a row we’ve played them. It’s like they say, ‘one game at a time.’ We’re one win away from getting to the North final. We’ll do the best we can.

“Amesbury knows about us,” Foley added. “They know who we are. We’ve seen them play and they’ve seen us play. They’re a good team out of the Cape Ann League. They’ve been the team to beat in the North the last couple years. It’s going to take a max effort. We have to be ready to go.”

The semifinal will be played Thursday afternoon (3:30) at Manning Field.

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