The last time the Walpole field hockey team played Andover, it walked away with a double-overtime loss in the 2010 EMass final. This time, the Porkers were looking for a little help from the Golden Warriors.
They got all that — and more.
After the two teams agreed to the nonleague game as a postseason tuneup, No. 3 Walpole rolled out its playoff look with a 3-0 win Monday over No. 5 Andover at Turco Field in Walpole. Junior forward Brooke Matherson provided all the scoring in the second half with a hat trick.
“I knew it would be good for our girls to have 60 minutes of competitive field hockey,” said Walpole coach Marianne Murphy, whose team has outscored opponents, 73-0, in the last 11 games. “We haven’t been challenged a lot and haven’t been put in uncomfortable situations. They need to if we’re going to be successful and advance in tournament play. We need to play teams like Andover all time.”
After a scoreless first half, the Porkers came out on fire after the break. Lina Feeley sent a shot on net and Matherson timed it perfectly, tipping it into the back right corner just four minutes into the half.
The Porkers continued their attack and Matherson scored a few minutes later, again knocking in a pass from Feeley in a cluster around the net.
The Porkers cemented the victory with a few minutes remaining in the game when Matherson smashed in a goal on a perfectly executed corner.
Swampscott 2, Beverly 1 — Goalie Katie Samilijan had 17 saves for the Big Blue (9-1-1), who handed the Panthers (9-1) their first loss of the season.
Newburyport 7, Georgetown 0 — Marie Cahalane scored a hat trick to lead the Clippers.
Duxbury 8, Marshfield 0 — Junior Lily Smith led the Green Dragons (12-0) with two goals.
Acton-Boxboro 5, Bishop Fenwick 0 — Senior Katherine Gnall led the Colonials (10-1) with two goals.
Franklin 0, Chelmsford 0 — Senior goalie Kim Pfeisle made 10 saves, including one on a penalty shot to preserve the tie for Franklin.
Watertown 2, Lexington 0 — Sophomore defender Emily Loprete netted both goals to keep the Raiders (11-0-0) perfect on the season.
Arlington 2, Melrose 0 — Senior striker Fernando Cuervo-Torello accounted for both Spy Ponders goals, giving him seven tallies on the season.
Somerville 5, Brookline 2 — The second-ranked Highlanders (9-0-1) clinched a postseason berth on the strength of a two-goal performance by senior Felix De Bona.
Beverly 5, Winthrop 0 — Senior Conor Leahy recorded his second consecutive hat trick and added two assists to lead the Panthers (6-3-2).
Canton 6, Tyngsboro 1 — Senior forward Michael Denehy scored two goals for the Bulldogs (6-5).
Peabody 6, Gloucester 0 — The Tanners (9-0) qualified for the Division 1 state tournament behind senior strikers Hayley Dowd (two goals, two assists) and Victoria Digiacomo (two goals, one assist).
Central Catholic 6, Billerica 1 — Junior Courtney Walsh and sophomore Alli Wiggins each scored two goals for the Raiders (10-0).
Stoneham 5, Lexington 1 — Senior Amanda Mohammadi had three goals and two assists for the Spartans (7-5).
Everett 6, Randolph 1 — Kayle Ringdahl (hat trick), Juliana Martins (two goals), and Sheryl Steeves (one goal) led the Crimson Tide (3-5-2).
Braintree 64½, Weymouth 43½ — Andrew Brooks shot an even-par 36 for the Wamps. The victory qualified Braintree for the state tournament.
Pembroke 3, Plymouth South 1 — Senior middle hitter Alana Atchison had seven kills and senior outside hitter Katie Wandell had 11 kills as the Titans improved to 9-2.