The fate of the Notre Dame (Hingham) girls’ soccer team was at the feet of senior Gabby Kenyon in Thursday’s Division 2 State final. The Cougars were tied with Wilmington, 2-2, after 110 minutes of play and even, 3-3, in the penalty shootout after 4½ rounds. Kenyon’s shot was for all the marbles.
And she nailed it.
Her shot hit the inside of the right post and ricocheted into the net, enabling the Cougars to take a 3-2 victory at Manning Field in Lynn.
“Gabby has been a rock for us all season,” said seven-year Notre Dame coach Liz Lima. “She always scores when the team needs her most. It takes a lot to step up and be that confident.”
Wilmington caught the Cougars on their heels early on, scoring a goal 1 minute and 56 seconds into the game. Sophomore Christina Spinos hit a long ball over the Cougars’ defense that senior Alexandra Bischoff ran onto with a clear path to the goal.
Notre Dame netted the equalizer in the 34th minute. Sophomore Parker DiNatale lofted the ball into the 18-yard box, where Kenyon put her head on it and flicked a header into the goal.
The Cougars continued to put pressure on Wilmington’s defense in the second half and scored their second goal 11 minutes in. Sophomore Hannah Volpe drew a foul about 25 yards out, setting up a free kick for Notre Dame. Junior defender Elissa Dukeshire’s kick was on target and the ball sailed into the net untouched to give the Cougars a shortlived 2-1 lead.
Wilmington fired back two minutes later with a goal by senior forward Rachael Mara.
Masconomet 4, Walpole 2 — After defeating previously undefeated North Andover in the Division 2 North final, Masconomet came through to win the Division 2 state championship in Lynn.
The Chieftains (23-1-1), who moved down to Division 2 this season, scored first against a Walpole team that looked shaky early.
Six minutes in, senior forward Edison Forbes found classmate Stephen Pease sprinting down the right wing. Pease took a touch and rifled a shot that sneaked by Walpole keeper Peter Hoegler, giving the Chieftains a 1-0 lead.
In the 16th minute, Rebels senior defender Matthew Brownsword headed a ball across the goal to forward Nabil Chamoun, who potted the equalizer.
But Masconomet came out of the gate strong after the intermission. Within the first eight minutes of the second half, Adam Grammer, Paul Criscione, and Forbes scored to put the Chieftains up, 4-1. The Rebels (13-8-2) got their final goal from Anthony Chauvin.
Fairhaven 3, Lynnfield 0 — Fairhaven junior Kate Leidhold is on her way to earning more than one record.
The All-State and South Coast Conference All-Star registered her 1,000th dig in a straight-set sweep of Lynnfield in the Division 3 State semifinal at Taunton High.
“I didn’t even know, they didn’t tell me,” said Leidhold, who registered 20 digs. “I remember when I was little, like an eighth-grader and I would watch Kara [Charette] and saw she got a thousand kills and thought that could be me one day.”
The 25-23, 26-24, 25-20 win sends the Blue Devils (22-1) to the Division 3 state championship Saturday at Algonquin Regional against three-time defending champ Frontier. Leidhold hopes to lead the Blue Devils to their first state title.Globe correspondents Nick Ironside and Liz Torres contributed to this report.