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Junior Captain Allie Barrett scored two goals and added four assists, while sophomore Lexi Goodhue punched in five goals as Concord-Carlisle defeated Dual County League Small rival Weston 16-12 on Thursday.
The Patriots broke out with a fast run early as Allie Barrett, Becca Olsen, Jenna Carlton, Emma Mahoney, and Lexi Goodhue all found the back of Weston’s net within the first seven minutes of the game while the Wildcats scrambled to only muster a goal making it a 5-1 game.
But Weston found their game winning the next seven draw controls and fought back to bring the game back within one goal. In an attempt to change the Wildcat’s momentum CC increased their physical play only to result in multiple fouls and Wildcat free positions but over time CC narrowed the play. The game remained tight for the following 10 minutes as CC defenders senior Lucy Fell and freshman Johannah O ‘Neil battled hard for turnovers and ground balls while senior Halle Burns and freshman Brianna Stout continued their physical type game.
Both teams pecked away a goal at a time as Barrett, Olsen and Mahoney added goals at one end of the field, but with less than two minutes remaining in the half the Wildcats would took advantage of a key draw control followed by a CC turnover to tie the game at 7 apiece.
"I was happy to see the team come out of the gate with more confidence than they did two days ago" said Coach Paul Morrison. " We dominated early, but then had a mental lapse from the mid point of the first half allowing Weston to tie the game by half time. That breakdown was a true sign of our youth and inexperience."
The second half began much like the end of the first half as Weston won 2 consecutive draw controls, transitioned well down field and and scored. But just as it appeared the Wildcats might pull away, CC took over going on a five goal run as Sophomore Attack Lexi Goodhue dropped in three goals from around the crease with two assists coming from Allie Barrett and one from Jenna Carlton. Freshmen Hannah Dudley would add another goal along with Senior Kate Wyeth who made a strong drive and shot on net. Sophomore Attack Jenna Carlton would add her second goal of the game taking advantage of a free position shot. Defensively Senior Captain Goalie Maddie Holmes tightened in net making several fine saves and 6 on the day.
CC’s second half momentum came as a result of regaining draw controls, ground balls, and caused turnovers as junior Emma Mahoney( 4 draw controls), senior Halle Burns and junior Allie Barrett (three ground balls each) and Kate Wyeth and Becca Olsen (1 forced turnover each) helped lead the way.
The Wildcats attempted to claw their way back into the game however CC would maintain its edge outscoring Weston in the final 10 minutes with two CC goals to every Weston one.
According to Coach Morrison the team is a work in progress. "Our performance was inconsistent but the kids never stop working to improve, and they turned it on at the end to secure the victory. I was very happy for two of my seniors, Goalie Maddie Holmes and Defender Lucy Fell. Maddie was the backup goalie last year and saw limited action but she has upped her game and embraced the starter's role. Lucy suffered a knee injury in the fall of her junior year and missed last season, but she had a breakout game against Weston causing them to turn the ball over five times."