Changes coming for Marshfield’s girls soccer program – Sports – MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA


Marshfield girls soccer showed us this season that tough-minded teams can accomplish many things.

Marshfield girls soccer showed us this season that tough-minded teams can accomplish many things.

The Rams graduated the heart of their offense from a 2018 tournament team and had a different look to their schedule this season.

Marshfield played an independent schedule that got helped by the Patriot League as each team gave the Rams a game apiece to go along with some other tough teams such as Bishop Feehan, Masconomet, Norwell, Cohasset and Weymouth. Marshfield (8-9-2) fought its way and qualified for the tournament when they defeated Cohasset on Senior Night in the final game of the regular season.

“It was a good season,” Marshfield Head Coach Dom Centorino said. “I’m proud of the way we played against a tough schedule. We had to get two points in the final two games and we tied Norwell (1-1) and then beat Cohasset to reach the tournament. It was a little later that we hoped to make the tournament, but I was proud of the girls.”

As for the future. Well, they’ll have to take a wait-and-see approach.

“We are still in flux as far as the future goes,” Centorino said. Next month there will be a vote with the Patriot League schools as to whether Marshfield will be invited to join the league on a permanent basis.

Marshfield’s season both began and ended with losses to Bishop Feehan. The lost a 2-1 game in the final minute to start the year and dropped a 2-0 decision to the Shamrocks in the opening round of the Div. 1 South tournament in less than ideal weather conditions.

“Both teams had to play in a monsoon and it was scoreless at halftime,” Centorino said “We had a chance to score the first goal.”

“They have an outstanding scorer (junior Francesca Yanchuk) but our girls on the backline held their own against her. Ellen Nerger, Caileigh Sullivan, Avery Ewell and Riley Drosopoulos all did a great job in the back,” Centorino said.

Bishop Feehan moved on in the tournament ended up winning the Div. 1 South sectional title.

“The Div. 1 South sectional is deep. It’s rare to see the top two teams reach the finals,” Centorino said. “Natick was the 10th seed last year and not only did they win the sectionals, they reached the state finals.”

Centorino liked the toughness of his team. He felt that they had the leadership to compete against their tough schedule.

“There was a resiliency to this group,” Centorino said. “We tied Norwell and beat Cohasset in the final week to reach the tournament. They never went into a game where they felt they were overmatched by an opponent. The girls were prepared for each game. There were a couple of games that we needed to play better.”

“We had a bigger roster this year and it helped,” he added. “We were able to have full scrimmages and we could do things in practice to simulate game situations. We will graduate this year heavily on the defensive end, but we had a good mix of sophomores and juniors on the team. I was fortunate enough to have a great assistant coach in Greg Levin who worked well with the players.”

One of the seniors that will be sorely missed is goalkeeper Kate McNeil. She concludes a great career at Marshfield and the coach is curious about her future.

“Kate is a very unique athlete, she can play in the field as well as in goal.” Centorino said. “I am looking forward to seeing what she will do at (Div. 1) Bryant University next year. She is the type of player that does not come along that often. Kate is a rare find to have on your team.”

The Rams will graduate some strong players including three captains; McNeil, Sullivan and Alyssa Fleming. The trio will all play college soccer with McNeil going to Bryant, Fleming going to the University of Rhode Island and Sullivan will join some former Rams teammates at UMass-Boston.

“Sarah Kelley played all over the place for us,” Centorino said. “Sarah is also going to UMass-Boston. Ellen Nerger played outside back and will go to Emmanuel.”

“Victoria Lauria and Kerrin Bouressa both showed great effort throughout the season. Avery Ewell transferred from Rockland this season and she has a great work ethic.”

 

 



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