Medway Girls Soccer Sneaks By Norton 3-2
Despite 2 goals from Kristin MacGray, the Lancers can't keep up with Medway defensively and fall 3-2.
While the Lancers have punched their ticket to the MIAA tournament, a hungry Medway team was still looking for that final win to get in too. Playing like there was no tomorrow, the Stallions took it to the Lancers and got away with a 3-2 win.
Norton got on the board first after Kristin MacGray found the ball after a deflected shot went away from the goal to her in the 29th minute. The goal gave the Lancers the lead but it was short lived.
Not even a minute later the Stallions responded with a goal of their own. Colleen Sheehan scored from the right after her initial shot hit the left post and bounced back to her for the second chance goal in the 30th minute of play.
The Lancers took the lead shortly after the second half when MacGray got the ball and buried it from near the center of the penalty box to get the lead back in the 46th minute of play. Megan Elliott was credited with the assist on the play.
“She’s(Kristin) had quite a few nice volleys this year. Just single touch goals which are beautiful to see. She had a good night,” said Lancers coach Todd Kefor.
The Stallions took advantage of some poor defense by the Lancers to tie the game. A far challenge from Norton goalkeeper Jennifer Kilburn got the ball away from the net but left the net open. With no one defending her, Caitlyn King scored from 35 yards away to tie the game at two in the 51st minute of play.
Medway would take the lead and keep it in the 60th minute of play when the Stallions were able to simply lob the ball over Kilburn’s head for the winning goal and the 2 points needed to get to the postseason tournament.
“I give them a lot of credit. They played like they needed the win and it worked,” said Kefor.
With a 2-1 lead in the second half, the Lancers began to fall apart defensively. With two goals off of a soft defense, the Lancers gave up a winnable game against a desperate team.
“We dropped some marks and a few of their players were able to pass us and we got a little bit complacent for a second,” said Kefor.
The loss brings Norton’s record to 9-5-3 with 21 points.
The Lancers will play their regular season finale at Millis on Nov. 2. A win can give Norton a share of second place in the Tri-Valley League along side Dover-Sherborn. Match time is scheduled for 5:15 p.m.