The No. 1 Lincoln Sudbury girls’ soccer team bounced back from its first loss of the season to defeat No. 19 Acton-Boxborough, 1-0, Thursday.
The Colonials (8-6-3, 3-3-1) posed a difficult challenge for the Warriors (14-1, 7-1), who had clinched the Dual County League (Large) championship but were coming off a setback against 10th-ranked Westford.
Meanwhile, Acton-Boxborough defeated No. 2 Peabody last week. The Tanners have been on top of national rankings.
“I told them that Acton-Boxborough just beat Peabody and they are feeling like they can beat anybody in the world,” said coach Kate Berry. “I told them that’s the mentality they are going to have and I asked them what mentality we were going to have.”
The Warriors began the first half playing conservative in their 4-4-2 formation, but came out in the second half with a sense of purpose and urgency. They were still unable to convert scoring opportunities until senior captain Megan Addeo called a timeout.
“Megan signaled for a timeout and thought the girls needed to focus on defense and do a better job of clearing the ball,” said Berry. “We also planned to start forcing it down the middle a lot by having our midfielders on the wing swing the ball inside so we can try to finish.”
Right after the timeout, senior striker Cassidy Boegel shot a line drive from the top of the penalty box into the net for the game’s lone goal in the 69th minute. Sophomore striker Hannah Rosenblatt assisted on the goal after receiving the ball inside the box on a long cross from junior midfielder Eliza Guild.
The Warriors face another test Saturday against sixth-ranked Concord Carlisle.
Concord-Carlisle 4, Weston 0 — Senior Andrea O'Brien scored two goals and junior Abbey Ojemann recorded the shutout as the No. 6 Patriots secured their third straight Dual County (Small) title.
Central Catholic 1, Andover 1 — Alli Wiggin scored with two minutes left to help No. 5 Central Catholic (12-0-3) salvage a point against the No. 17 Golden Warriors (9-4-3) and remain unbeaten on the season.
Plymouth North 4, Dennis-Yarmouth 0 — The Blue Eagles (12-3-2, 10-1-1) clinched the Atlantic Coast League title.
Masconomet 5, Newburyport 0 — Senior Luke Schell scored twice for the No. 1 Chieftains.
Framingham 3, Wellesley 0 — Lorran Cancado had one goal and two assists as the Flyers topped the 10th-ranked Raiders.
Nauset 1, Barnstable 0 — Dylan Bengston recorded his fifth straight shutout for the 14th-ranked Warriors, making three saves.
Acton-Boxborough 1, Lincoln-Sudbury 0 — Senior Jeremy Abreu scored for 12th-ranked Colonials.
Chelsea 2, Whittier 1 — Junior Luis Cruz scored his 23d goal of the season and senior Pedro Alvarado dished out two assists for the No. 20 Red Devils (14-0-2), who finished the regular season undefeated.
Walpole 1, Braintree 0 — The Rebels (9-7-1) qualified for the state tournament behind senior Caleb Cofsky’s first career goal.
Georgetown 1, Manchester Essex 1 — Will Nadai’s goal in the second half (his fifth of the season) helped salvage a point for Manchester Essex (6-7-4), which can clinch a spot in the tournament with a win over Whittier Tech Friday.
Holbrook 4, Upper Cape 1 — Freshman Youcef Ziad netted his 14th and 15th goals of the season for the Bulldogs (8-7-2), who qualified for the state tournament with the win.
Weston 4, Bedford 1 — Bianca Brueckner, Avery Kelly, and Elizabeth Dennehy each scored as the No. 18 Wildcats won the Dual County League (Small).
Wellesley 3, Framingham 0 — Senior captain Annie Valle notched a hat trick to lead the Raiders (9-4-4).
Plymouth North 35, Marshfield 12 — Sophomore running back Christian Carr powered the Blue Eagles (2-5) with 240 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries.
Notre Dame (Tyngsborough) 3, Greater Lawrence 0 — The Lancers (19-0) got a strong performance from senior Justine McPartlan: 8 service points, 2 aces, 9 kills, and 2 digs.
Boston Latin 3, Newton South 2 — Junior middle hitter Maggie Mulligan had 23 kills for the Wolfpack (12-7).