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Division 2 girls’ soccer semifinals

Medfield defeats Belmont in girls’ soccer, 5-1

BRAINTREE — One more win.

That’s all that stands between the Medfield girls’ soccer team and a Division 2 state championship following a 5-1 win over Belmont at Braintree High Wednesday night.

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Senior forward Katelyn Murray netted a hat trick and senior goalkeeper Mimi Borkan made six saves to land the Warriors (20-0-3) in Saturday’s championship game.

“The girls came off the bus and they just — the energy level that was falling out of them. I haven’t seen it all year long,” said Medfield coach Michael La Francesca. “They took that energy and they used it on the field, and that’s what we wanted to see.”

After the game, an out-of-breath Murray said her big day was a pleasant surprise.

“Honestly, coming in I was nervous,” Murray said. “But once the game started I just got that feeling and then I took over.”

Junior forward Cami McCurdy got the scoring started in the 10th minute for Medfield when she received a pass near the top of the 18-yard box. Marauder goalie Maria-Alice Menatas came out to prevent the shot, but when the ball popped loose, McCurdy easily put it in the open net.

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Belmont coach Paul Graham thought Menatas had possession, but said the referee told him the ball was still moving.

“That set the tone of the game,” Graham said, whose squad fell to 14-4-3.

Four minutes later, Murray doubled the lead with her first goal of the night, getting a Krista Pinciaro cross from the left side past Menatas.

Pinciaro got a goal of her own early in the second. With Belmont scrambling to clear the ball from its defensive zone, the senior forward sent a laser to the top left corner from outside the 18-yard box.

Belmont senior captain Charlotte Alexander made it 3-1 in the 53d minute, getting a rebound around Borkan, but 57 seconds later Murray struck again, dribbling by a pair of Belmont defenders to put it through the left side.

A strong Warrior defense kept the ball on Belmont’s side of the field for much of the game, and after Borkan made her biggest stop of the night — a diving save on a penalty kick with eight minutes to play — Murray capped her hat trick, and the game.

“She’s just a wonderful player, she absolutely is,” La Francesca said. “I’m going to be sad to see her go. She has the finesse. She knows how to find the net. Not many players can do that.”

Medfield will play in the Division 2 state championship against Belchertown at Worcester State Saturday at 3 p.m. for the championship.

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