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|Girls’ soccer suffers setback|
|Written by Wendy Genereux|
|Wednesday, 25 September 2013 11:50|
The Duxbury girls’ soccer team came into Thursday night's match-up with league rival Hingham on a high note, having beaten a strong Silver Lake squad on Tuesday, 6-1. But the Harborwomen had upset on their minds from the onset.
On an otherwise perfect fall evening at home, the Lady Dragons played a solid 80 minutes of soccer with ample scoring opportunities. But the difference was Hingham freshman Eve Hewins' game winning goal 8:25 into the second half that came off a rebound and found its way past junior netminder Logan Snelling for the 2-1 upset victory.
In his pre-game speech Emerson Coleman told his team that they “need to grind it out” and “win the individual battles.” Many of those battles took place at midfield with Duxbury senior captain Meg Zaverucha fighting for possession against two-time Patriot League All-Star and junior captain Carly Baggott. While Zaverucha pushed the ball into the offensive zone on several occasions, Baggott was a one-woman wrecking machine, breaking up play after play and energizing her teammates.
The Duxbury defense had to be on its toes from the start, and senior Kate Larsen, along with sophomores Emma Gill and Kylie Stevens, were up to the task making great defensive plays in the opening minutes. No one clears the zone better than Gill, who sent the first of several free kicks up to midfield where it was handled by Zaverucha.
Duxbury retained possession of the ball and a header from freshman forward Liz Weimer to sister, Emily, set up a great scoring opportunity. Unfortunately for the hosts, Hingham goalkeeper Amy Kirk made the first of her 15 saves. Moments later Duxbury had another scoring bid when senior captain Gaby Davis intercepted a goal kick. Davis moved the ball up field, passing to sophomore Kristen Smith who made a nice feed to Weimer. The senior captain showed why she is one of the best strikers in the league with her dribbling skills and nose for the net, but the scoring bid was negated by an offsides call.
For several minutes, both teams battled for possession with good scoring bids on both ends of the field. However, at the 27:39 mark talented Hingham forward Julia Patterson broke through the vaunted Duxbury defense, scoring the game's first goal. It would be the second time in as many games that the Lady Dragons would find themselves trailing early.
After the goal, Hingham continued to apply pressure, but Snelling made three subsequent saves, keeping Duxbury in the game. That's when Smith and Weimer went to work at the other end, with Kirk being equal to the task until a spinning ball deflected off a Hingham defender, catching Kirk off-guard. The ever-present Weimer was there, scoring the empty netter, and tying the game at 1-1 before the half.
After a nice play by Duxbury sophomore Molly Tobin to open the second half, Liz Weimer looked like she would give the Lady Dragons the lead; but instead it led to a corner kick. Another bid by junior Maggie Maloney had the home crowd thinking goal, but Kirk was there to make the save.
With nothing to show for its work, and another battle lost at midfield, Duxbury found itself on its heels. That's when Hewins booted a great shot by a diving Snelling for the go-ahead goal at 32:35.
Duxbury could not capitalize on another corner kick, and an unselfish pass on a breakaway by freshman Liz Connolly had the Lady Dragons leaving the attacking zone empty-handed once again. Late bids by Larsen, Emily Weimer, Davis, and Gill (who moved to forward), could not find the net behind an inspired Hingham team. Also playing well for Duxbury was sophomore Alex White.
The tough loss was a wake-up call for the Lady Dragons who should expect everyone’s best effort the rest of the schedule.
After traveling to Quincy on Tuesday, Duxbury will entertain North Quincy on Thursday afternoon.