Girls Varsity Soccer v. Winchendon, win (3-2)
The girls’s varsity had been gearing up for this game for a week, having had some close games against Winchendon in the past with Dublin always ending up on the losing end. We changed our midfield to a diamond formation to keep more shape through the length of the field. Winchendon came out strongly and kept constant pressure on the Dublin defense. Harniqua had some shut down plays at right back and had her foot on numerous clears. At left back Maddie showed her fearlessness by defending with her whole body, including a shot off of her head. Alina was steady once again at sweeper and Erika was all over the field at stopper. Winchendon eventually scored on a beautiful screen shot from the eighteen.
Our offense was buoyed by the strongest performance of her season by co-captain Tess who played despite having a sore thigh muscle. Her constant pressure on the net opened things up for fellow co-captains Luna and Mia. Mia took a long shot that hit off the crossbar and Luna poked in the rebound to equalize the scoring. Dublin suddenly had the momentum and Luna netted her second goal of the game soon after the start of the second half. Winchendon, never backing down, tied the score some time later and the teams traded attacks through the second half. Dublin’s starters played most of the game and showed their fitness in the second half. Mekoya, Lucy, and Sophie provided important rest minutes for the starters with inspired play off of the bench.
Luna gave Dublin the lead for good with an arcing shot from outside of the eighteen after receiving a pass from her sister Eve (who dominated the middle of the field with Mia). The large home crowd went wild but the game was from over. Midfielders Rahila and Ava had the strongest games of their seasons and frustrated any offensive rhythm that their opponents tired to muster. With under two minutes to go Winchendon was awarded a penalty kick on a hand ball. Sabine, who has been practicing her pk technique all season came up with a huge stop to secure the victory!
Fans at the game all commented on the toughness and resilience of the Dublin squad. They played as a team and came away with an historic victory for Dublin School.