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School Sports Roundup: Peabody completes comeback win at Billerica

Peabody's Victor Maciel sends the ball down field. (Spenser R. Hasak)

The Peabody boys soccer team scored three unanswered goals to pick up a 3-2 non-conference win at Billerica Saturday afternoon. 

Peabody fell into a 2-0 hole just six minutes into the contest. Victor Maciel (assist from Kyle Morfis) netted Peabody’s first tally, closing the gap to 2-1, where it stayed at halftime. Kyle Joyce knotted things up at 2-2 with five minutes remainings. Edward Santos (assist from Joyce) found the back of the net two minutes later for the game-winner. 

“It was a huge, huge comeback win,” Peabody coach Stan McKeen said. “The kids in the Middlesex League play physical. They came out and scored two quick goals on us. We’re not used to playing on a grass field either. But it’s a big win for us.” 

Tanners goalie Will Machado made 11 saves. 

“Billerica moved the ball well,” McKeen said. “Their strikers were very good. After they scored those two goals, Will shut the door. He made a couple really good saves as time went on. He did a great job.” 

Peabody, now 7-3, hosts Saugus Monday night (7). 

“We got off to a bit of a slow start,” McKeen said. “It was a matter of the kids getting used to playing with each other. I think it took time for them to adjust. We haven’t played against physical teams like Billerica. They were all over us at the beginning. I give us credit for coming back. Hopefully it’s a turning point for us.” 

BOYS SOCCER

Classical 1, Beverly 1

At Manning Field, Fernando Gomez scored Classical’s lone goal on Jenner Robles’ assist. Goalie Isiah Diaz made two saves. 

The Rams (9-1-2) travel to Danvers for another Northeastern Conference game Monday (4). 

Needham 4, St. John’s 0

At Needham, the Eagles were handed their first loss of the season. Garrison Jorge played well in the midfield and Andrew Behring led the defense. 

St. John’s (8-1-1) travels to Everett Monday night (7). 

GIRLS SOCCER 

St. Mary’s 7, Mystic Valley 1 

At Mystic Valley, the Spartans grabbed a non-conference victory and ended a 3-game losing streak. 

The star of the game was Kayla Demers, who matched her season-high with four goals scored. 

“She’s done that twice now,” Spartans coach Jim Foley said. “She’s having a good year. Hopefully she can consistently keep it up. It’s quite a feat. Being able to score four goals is pretty cool.” 

Susannah Cornell, Julia Nickolau and Maggie Pierce scored a goal each. Gabi Diaz, Emily Egan and Katie O’Neill also played well. Goalie Eliza Brown made 10 saves. 

“We needed that win,” Foley said. “Our league’s tough. We needed this game to gain back some confidence. Now we’re back in league play again. Hopefully we can keep our momentum. We play Fenwick Monday, they’re at the top of the league, so we needed our confidence going into that game.” 

The Spartans travel to Fenwick Monday (7). 

Beverly 6, Classical 0

Despite the loss, Chloe Kebreau played a solid game and goalie Anna Flaherty made 18 saves. 

Classical hosts Danvers Monday night (7). 

FIELD HOCKEY 

Revere 1, Peabody 0

At Revere, Skyla DeSimone netted the game-winning goal as the Patriots improved to 7-1-1 on the season.

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