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New Mission suffers 5-0 loss in MIAA girls state tournament

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  November 4, 2012 04:30 PM

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The New Mission girls were discouraged after losing 1-0 to East Boston in last week's city soccer semi-finals and wanted to make a come back in the MIAA Division 3 North tournament against Winthrop.

The Titans were not able to deliver, however, and lost, 5-0.

“I heard they have a strong middle,” New Mission coach Kerry Haczyk said prior to the game. “And a very strong sweeper. We’re going to do everything we can to challenge that.”

The game started looking like New Mission could have a chance until the 15-minute mark.

Freshman forward Holli Benson sent an excellent pass on the ground from the left side of the goal to senior forward Jessica Dowson to score in the lower left corner.

Only five minutes later, Vikings senior midfielder Liana Ferullo sent a successful shot into the upper right corner.

Vikings senior forward Renee LoPresti kept the goals coming, five minutes later, after redirecting sophomore midfielder Carly O’Keefe’s corner kick.

“We didn’t know what to expect coming in but we pushed ourselves,” LoPresti said. “It was a great game and a great fight.”

By the end of the first half, the Vikings were up 3-0.

“We knew it would be a tough game coming in,” New Mission junior defender Alison Davey said. “The coaches really helped us step it up and regain our confidence at half time.”

Upon hearing Titans coach Kerry Haczyk’s encouraging words, New Mission stormed onto the field in the second half in hopes of a goal. The Titans had more shots on goal than the first and upped its defense, but could not manage to score.

Meanwhile for the Vikings, LoPresti and Ferullo both scored again resulting in a 5-0 victory.

“We hoped for the win,” Vikings coach Tracey Martucci said. “But you never know because we didn’t see them play all season.”

“We struggled all season with scoring so it was nice to get five to boost our confidence.”
Winthrop will move forward to the quarterfinals against St. Mary’s on Tuesday at 4 pm at Manning field in Lynn.

While that means New Mission’s season has come to an end at 13-2-1, the Titans are proud of a successful first year transition into the city league.

“This being our first year and combining two schools into one,” Haczyk said, “I didn’t expect such a great turnout. I couldn’t believe that we got this far and I am so proud of them.”

Mary Pavlu covers Boston Public School athletics. She can be reached at Mary.Pavlu@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryPavlu

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