Sometimes a tie can feel like a win — it certainly did for the Lowell Catholic girls’ soccer team Friday night. After being down two goals at halftime against defending Division 3 state champion Weston, the host Crusaders came back to even the score and nearly won the match before settling for the 2-2 draw.
The teams last met in the first round of the Division 3 North sectional last year when Weston upset the top-seeded Crusaders, 3-0.
In the final minutes of Friday’s game, with the score tied at 2, Lowell Catholic senior midfielder Lexi Petzold lined up for a free kick from about 25 yards out. Her shot hit the bottom of the crossbar and bounced right into the hands of Weston’s goalkeeper.
Even so, the Crusaders (1-0-1) were proud of their comeback performance. A defensive breakdown led to Weston’s first goal just three minutes into the game. Ten minutes later the Wildcats (0-1-1) scored again on a header off a crossed ball and were up, 2-0.
“I said ‘Hey, let’s just get one goal and go from there,’ ” coach Aaron Dumont said of his halftime pep talk. “And they came out firing. The whole tempo of the game changed. We were definitely the more dominant team in the second half.”
Senior forward Ashley Little netted that first goal, with the assist to sophomore left midfielder Estelle Penta.
The Crusaders caught Westson on their heels in transition on the tying goal. Goalie Courteney Lanier punted the ball toward midfield and it bounced over the sweeper’s head. Little ran onto it, and beat the Weston goalie for her second goal.
Lanier delivered again near the end of the game, preserving the tie by making a save on a breakaway bid.
Cardinal Spellman 5, Coyle & Cassidy 0 — Adriana Forcucci and Holly Blackstead netted two goals apiece for the No. 19 Cardinals, who won their their third straight.
Norwell 5, Marshfield 2 — Senior Danielle Griffin scored two goals to push the No. 17 Clippers past the Rams.
Case 1, Diman 0 — Senior co-captain Aly Kern scored the winning goal for the Cardinals (2-3) and sophomore Emily Marques got her second straight shutout.
Scituate 7, Quincy 0 — Freshmen Hannah Sheskey posted a hat trick in the Sailors’ victory.
Duxbury 5, Middleborough 1 — Senior Emily Weimer scored her second hat trick of the season for the No. 18 Green Dragons (3-0-1).
Braintree 4, Dedham 1 — Senior midfielder Dan Kelly scored two goals for the Wamps (3-0).
New Bedford 1, Somerset Berkley 0 — Senior Klisman Sousa scored his seventh goal of the season for the third-ranked Whalers (5-0).
Dighton-Rehoboth 5, Wareham 1 — Junior striker Victor DaCosta netted a hat trick for the host Falcons.
Pentucket 3, North Reading 2 — Senior Mike Salmonsen scored the winning goal with three minutes remaining off a free kick for the 14th-ranked Sachems.
Rockport 2, Manchester Essex 1 — Sophomore Andrew Wayrynen scored the winner with seven minutes remaining for the Vikings.
Apponequet 2, Old Rochester 1 — Senior Lizzie Loranger scored twice to lead the fourth-ranked Lakers (4-0) past the No. 17 Bulldogs.