Charlestown 0, Melrose 2
The Charlestown GU14 team played an excellent game Saturday against Melrose at home in Charlestown. The Townies outplayed Melrose with their quick short passes back and forth and carried the ball up the field taking many shots on the Melrose net. Townie captains for the game were Maeve Shea and Isabelle Charbonnier, who won the Townies the ball to start the game. Lauren Sweeney and Caroline Collier both played great games in goal for Charlestown. Sweeney made a number of great saves including one low and to the corner requiring her to dive for the ball. Collier played goal for the second time this season for the Townies and really took control of the Townie goal making a number of fantastic saves.
Bryn O’Hara played the last defender, or sweeper, position. O’Hara really took control of the team from back there, letting them know when there was an open Melrose player that needed to be marked. Collier played defense during the first half and saved the Townies from a goal by hustling back and kicking the ball right away from a Melrose forward who was alone in front of the Townie goal ready to shoot. Maeve Shea and Emily Pardy were at defense but were both able to take some nice long shots on net that could have gotten the Townies a goal.
The Townie midfield strings spent a lot of the game hustling up and down the field as this was a fast game where the ball would quickly move from the Townie end of the field back towards the Melrose goal within seconds. Midfielders, Jasmine Nijjar and Josie Hoyt, were there to help out both the forwards and the defenders throughout the game. Forward Sophie Shea carried that ball right into the Melrose net a number of times and was able to get some great shots on net that were unfortunately saved by the Melrose goalkeeper. Annie Coviello made some great plays at forward continuing to fight for the ball as she carried it down the field. Maeve Fittz treated the team to her signature move during the game, carrying the ball up the wing and delivering a beautiful ball across the net where both Charbonnier and Nijjar were always waiting to receive the cross and take a shot on net.
Despite the girls’ great plays and their hard work on the field, Melrose scored two unlucky goals against the Townies. With each goal the Townies came back hard, trying to get one in the Melrose net and refusing to give up. With their hard work and great plays the girls are sure to see another W this season!
The girls play their next game Saturday Oct. 15, 9am at Broadway Field in Stoneham against Stoneham.