2011-11-18 HS Girl’s Soccer: Peabody edges East Longmeadow, 1-0 in State D1 Final

A truly amazing season came to an end at the hands (and feet) of a strong (and nationally ranked) Peabody team at Worcester State University. Except for a fluke Peabody goal in the first half, the eventual game winner, it looked like 2 nationally-ranked teams going at each other – the game was so evenly played! Both teams had numerous scoring opportunities, but each defense did what it did best: snuff them out.

Spartan goalie, Ann Stack, had 10 saves in the effort.

We say goodby to 8 outstanding young women who played their last match as ELHS seniors … Becca Mercieri, Sarah Waltsak, Jess Kazyaka, Devon Wolfenden, Liz Weithofer, Alexa Allen, Alyssa Balboni, and Gabi Rate. Your leadership and playmaking will be missed!

But watch out for next year’s team …

Action photos from this well-played match can be found at http://spartansportshots.photostockplus.com/event_944084

 

 

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2011-11-13 HS Girl’s Soccer: El vs Minnechaug (WMass D1 Final)

For the third time this season the Spartans of East Longmeadow met the Falcons of Minnechaug on the pitch. And for the third time EL came out ahead by a goal. The difference in this match was that it was for the Western MA D1 championship. And this time it took 2 OTs plus penalty kicks to determine the winner! Sarah Waltsak, Maddy Grande and Alyssa Balboni each scored on their turn to bring the Spartans their first D1 crown.

Freshman Alyssa Hyland scored EL’s lone regulation goal on a blast on the doorstep. Chaug’s score came on a direct kick awarded to senior star Lauren McLellan. Both goalies played career games with EL’s Anne Stack stopping 9 shots and Falcon keeper Ann Marie Ribeiro stopping 13.

The Spartans go on to play Central MA champ Nashoba in a 5pm game at Westfield State University tomorrow.

Action photos from this great match can be found at http://spartansportshots.photostockplus.com/event_940722

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2011-11-11 HS Girls Soccer: East Longmeadow shuts out Agawam, 3-0, in Western MA semifinal

Danni White chipped in a goal with 10 seconds left in the first half to lead East Longmeadow to a 3-0 victory over Agawam at The Elms College. White tallied a another goal in the second half;  Julia Weithofer finished off the scoring. The top-seeded Spartans will take on the Falcons of Minnechaug in Sunday’s Western MA D1 final at Westfield State University.

Game action photos can be found at http://spartansportshots.photostockplus.com/event_939402

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2011-10-22 HS Boys Soccer: EL vs Ludlow (Varsity)

The Lions shut out the Spartans, 3-0, at East Longmeadow.

All action photos can be found at http://spartansportshots.photostockplus.com/event_931113

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2011-10-22 HS Girls Soccer: EL vs Ludlow (Varsity – Senior Day)

The Lady Spartans spotted the Lions 2 early goals, then erupted for 6 unanswered markers for a convincing 6-2 win on Spartan Senior Day. Senior Sarah Waltsak knocked in 3 goals;  Ashley Horrigan, Alyssa Balboni and Alicia Martin each added one goal, while Julia Weithofer chipped in 2 assists.. Alyssa Martins and Kaycee Pereira tallied for Ludlow.

All match action photos can be found at http://spartansportshots.photostockplus.com/event_928810

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