MHS Girls Varsity Soccer Team Now 3-2-1
The Marblehead girls varsity soccer team led by head coach John Dormer and senior captains Lily Gerson, Stella Monaco, Carlin McGowan, and Cait Mullins is now 3-2-1, having won three times, tied twice, and lost once. The team has a variety of options in nearly every position, and since the fall soccer season is still young, there is plenty of room for younger athletes to earn their time on the field and prove themselves at the highest level of high school competition.
Marblehead won their first game on September 6 against Lynnfield 1-0 but struggled over their next several games with two ties and one loss. Beverly, a traditionally difficult opponent, managed to beat Marblehead by a score of 3-1 on September 10. Marblehead tied their rivals, Swampscott, in a scoreless matchup on September 12.
On Wednesday, September 14, Marblehead tied Danvers 2-2 in a very exciting game during which several players stood out. Ava Machado (Sophomore) and Ava Larco (Junior) each put one goal away with Sadie Halpern (Freshman) and Samantha Dormer (Junior) providing the assists. Mullins excelled during Wednesday’s game, seeing particular success during the second half. Goalie Kate Burns (Junior) played very well, making 9 saves to keep Marblehead in the game.
Ending their three game winning drought, Marblehead emerged victorious in their recent matchup against Peabody. Peabody is a division 1 team who has been historically and still remains a phenomenal competitor; Marblehead’s victory on September 19 was no easy feat. The team’s lone goal was scored with just 30 seconds left in the first half by Dormer. The opportunity was created by a long pass played by McGowan from the wing. Burns had a great game as well, working to keep Marblehead in the fight and hold Peabody’s score to 0, marking her first full-game shutout of the season. Defenders Grace Mortensen (Junior) and Talia Selby (Junior) both played strong games to keep Peabody from equalizing.
Two days after their victory against Peabody, Marblehead continued to find success, prevailing 2-0 over Saugus. The first goal of the game came from a pass by Mullins that allowed Dormer to find the back of the net. During the next half, McGowan raised Marblehead’s lead to two after a pass from Sydney Ball (Freshman). The latter goal took a deflection off of a defender, allowing it to slide past the Saugus goalie. Marblehead played two different goalies this match, and Burns and Rachel Albert (Junior) combined to keep a clean sheet.
As of September 19, 2022, Marblehead High School’s girls soccer team ranks 17th in Massachusetts and 3rd in their division. The team will continue to fight for their spot at playoffs, and Marblehead Beacon along with Marblehead parents and students will be rooting for the athletes from the sidelines.