Dover-Sherborn sends Georgetown home
Tuesday, November, 15
By Jeff Hamrick
LYNN — A playoff run that lasted far longer than expected went into a
second overtime last night for the Georgetown girls soccer team.
The storybook postseason, however, ended a bit sooner than the Royals had
In a match between teams seeded eighth or lower in their respective district
tournaments, Dover-Sherborn, seeded eighth in the south, scored the night's only
goal 89 seconds into the second overtime in the Eastern Massachusetts
championship at Manning Field.
A Victoria Ortega kick from about 30 yards set up on a corner kick by Nadine
Cutler found the top right of the Georgetown net for the game winner.
"Basically we played our game," Dover-Sherborn coach David Wainwright said.
"This is when the mental part comes out. I thought we had good tempo and pace.
We had some frustration because we couldn't put it in the net, but we finally
got one through."
The Raiders (15-5-3) advance to the state finals to be played either Friday
or Saturday in Worcester.
Ortega's goal was the only attempt a strong Dover-Sherborn offense was able
to put past Georgetown goal Jamie Block, who had 10 saves and kept the Royals
(13-4-7) in the match.
"(The Raiders) are a good team," said Georgetown coach Colleen Gibbs, whose
2009 squad also dropped a 1-0 decision in the Eastern Mass final. "They
controlled the ball very well, and with their throw ins and corner kicks they
had many opportunities.
"Jamie has been solid all year long, and she's a great keeper. She's been
playing hard all year, and she made some great saves tonight. But she's come
through for us a lot."
The Royals, playing without senior playmaker Ashley Mueskes who sprained her
ankle in the North title game victory over St. Mary's, managed only four shots
of their own against Dover-Sherborn's freshman goalie Meghan Hall. Junior
midfielder Kristin Hogan had a pair of first-half attempts and senior Ashley
Federico added a second-half attempt while senior Nicoline Holland managed the
only shot in the overtimes.
The Dover-Sherborn goal was only the second given up by Georgetown in the
postseason, during which the Royals outscored its five opponents by a combined
13-2. Meanwhile, Dover-Sherborn now have shutout all five of its playoff
opponents while scoring 18 of its own.
"It's tough to go out like this," Gibbs said. "But I'm proud they made it
G — Jamie Block 10; DS — Meghan Hall 4