Westford Academy defeated Andover, 3-0, Saturday to advance to the Division 1 North field hockey semifinals. The Grey Ghosts were led by goals from junior Annie Kilday and senior Jenna Klinka.
Kilday scored the first two goals, improving her season record to eight goals and seven assists.
Klinka had the third goal, scoring her 23d of the season.
Senior Allison Avery earned the shutout with five saves.
The Grey Ghosts (18-1-1) were second in the regular season in the Dual Country League behind Acton-Boxboro and were the only team to dent Acton-Boxboro’s record with a tie.
They had not faced Andover (14-2-4) in the regular season but had been knocked out by the Golden Warriors in first-round tournament play in 2010 and 2011.
Andover went on to win the state title both years.
Coach Raeann Gembis said she knew the game was going to be difficult as their opponents were fast and skilled in midfield.
“Andover is very capable at scoring and our defense was like a wall, preventing the offense from breaking through with many shots and opportunities,” said Gembis.
The Grey Ghosts will play Masconomet in the semifinal game at Reading High School, date and time to be announced.
Division 1 North
Lynn Classical 3, O'Bryant 0 — Captains Cassie D'Agostino, Ivy Martin, and Michelle Nwogu helped the Rams advance.
Haverhill 3, Reading 2 — The host Hillies came back from a 2-1 game deficit to advance to the quarterfinals. Alexis Alestock had 35 digs and Abigail Sonuga had 14 kills.
Division 1 Central/East
Newton South 3, Latin Academy 0 — Senior middle hitter Nika Varpahosky had four aces, senior outside hitter Izzy Shisko had five kills, and junior Paneed Jalili had four kills.
Division 3 North
Marblehead 3, O’Bryant 0 — Junior Claudio Alvarez scored in the ninth minute and assisted on the second goal of the first half by junior Chris Brady.
Division 3 North
Ipswich 5, Whittier 0 — Senior Katie Monahan had two goals and an assist and junior Joanna Perry netted two goals.