The No. 13 Swampscott girls soccer team started its Division 3 North postseason on the right track with a 4-0 win over No. 4 Latin Academy Wednesday afternoon at White Stadium.
Mackenzie Kearney led the Big Blue attack with two goals and one assist. Emme Laundry and Anna Nazarenko each scored one goal. Laine Foutes dished two assists.
“We started out slow and then we just picked it up and basically rolled from there,” Swampscott coach Norman James said. “The ball movement has been better. They frustrated us the first 10, 12 minutes and then we figured it out.
“Our girls are in tournament mode now. The jitters are gone. They know that any game can be their last.”
Swampscott travels to No. 5 Northeast for Thursday’s quarterfinal (TBA).
Pentucket 3, Lynnfield 1
The Pioneers’ season closed in the Division 3 North tournament with a loss to a Cape Ann League rival. Anna Radulski scored Lynnfield’s lone goal on Ashley Mitchell’s assist with six minutes remaining in the first half, giving the Pioneers a 1-0 lead. Pentucket evened the score at the end of the first half and scored twice in the second half for the win.
Lynnfield ends the season 13-3-3.
Lynnfield 1, Gloucester 0
In the Division 3 North opening round, Tommy Buston scored the game-winner one minute into the second half. Pioneers goalie Dante Gesamondo made 10 saves. Jake Mallett and Matheus Saramento also played well.
“Our defense was great,” Pioneers coach Brent Munroe said. “Gloucester scores a ton of goals and we shut them out so that was great.”
Lynnfield will play at Northeast Thursday (TBA) in the quarterfinal.
Fenwick 2, Georgetown 1
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Crusaders saved their season with two goals in the second half. Keiron Murray knotted the score at 1-1 in the 55th minute on Liam Chricton’s assist. Andrew Perry netted the game-winner in the 78th minute on Ryan Noci’s assist.
Goalie Liam Foley recorded six saves.
The Crusaders advance to the Division 4 North quarterfinal Thursday (3) at Manchester.
Excel 3, KIPP 2
Despite rallying for two goals in the second half, the Panthers gave up a late goal and fell in the semifinal round of the MCSAO tournament. Marco Escobar had one goal and one assist in the loss, while Kenny DeLeon had one goal. Angel Zuniga added one assist.
Burke 5, Tech 1
Jose Monzon scored Tech’s lone goal in the Division 4 North opening round. The Tigers end the season 7-8-4.
Lynnfield 3, Tewksbury 2
Lynnfield dropped its first two sets of the season in the Division 2 North quarterfinal but hung on for the victory. Set scores were 25-22, 24-26, 18-25, 25-20, 15-10.
“Tewksbury’s a great team,” Lynnfield coach Brent Ashley said. “I don’t think we’ve played a team like that all year. They made it tough on us, that’s for sure.”
Melissa Morelli led Lynnfield with 27 kills and 19 assists. Other top contributors were Ella Gizmunt (13 kills) and Sophia Wilkinson (31 assists).
“Ella was unreal, absolutely unreal,” Ashley said. “To have 13 kills, for a freshman that’s absolutely incredible.”
The No. 1 Pioneers advance to Thursday’s (7) semifinal against No. 5 Melrose at Danvers High.
“I’m hoping this was a good lesson for us to prepare for Melrose,” Ashley said. “Melrose is a little bit younger than Tewksbury. They have a few sophomores and juniors. I’m hoping we can charge our batteries but we can’t take anything for granted. Fingers crossed, it’s going to be another super tight match.”
Bedford 3, Fenwick 0
The Crusaders’ season ends in the Division 2 North quarterfinal. Fenwick finished 14-6.