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    Arlington ousts defending North champ Masconomet in soccer semifinal

    Lynn, MA - 11/10/2017 - Arlington High School #16 Will Clifford heads the soccer ball. (John Cetrino for The Boston Globe) SPORTS Logan Mullen Reporter
    John Cetrino for the Globe
    Arlington’s Will Clifford, who scored the Spy Ponders’ second goal, heads the ball.

    It took Arlington sophomore Declan Dolan less than a minute to make his mark on the Division 2 North soccer semifinal Friday afternoon, scoring the winning goal moments after checking in as the No. 6 Spy Ponders beat Masconomet, 2-0, at Manning Field in Lynn.

    Junior midfielder Francesco Valagussa’s free kick at midfield found Dolan’s chest in the 20th minute. Dolan was composed, chested the ball down, and flicked it over his head 8 yards from goal, finding the top right corner of the net for the winning tally for his second goal of the season.

    To that point, the second-seeded Chieftains had largely controlled possession. Though not creating many threatening chances, the Spy Ponders (16-4-1) had spent the better part of the half without the ball.


    “Their fan section had been going crazy,” said Dolan. “The fact that we got the first goal made them quiet and got our fan section going. It was a shift in momentum and really good for us.”

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    Will Clifford slammed the door in the 73rd minute, securing a date with Concord-Carlisle on Monday (7:15 p.m.) in the final at Manning Field.

    After a header from sophomore Perry Sofis-Scheft got past Masco keeper Zach Rock, hitting the post, Clifford was on the doorstep to head it home. The goal was a relief for the Spy Ponders, who started to get pushed back as Masco threw everything it could on offense in pursuit of an equalizer.

    “They were fighting the whole game. Just to put that in . . . was great for the team,” said Clifford.

    Masconomet, the reigning North champions, finished 17-4-1.


    The Arlington defense — which has allowed nine goals all season, and just five in the Middlesex League for the conference champs — was impenetrable. Masconomet did not register a shot on net all match.

    “It was really tough for us to get behind the defense” said Masco coach Jared Scarpaci. “If you look at the last 10 minutes when we were chasing the game, it opened up a little bit, but they’re a good, technical, disciplined team.”

    The wind was a factor throughout the match. Goal kicks and long through balls got caught up in the gusts, disrupting promising chances.

    Stringing passes together on the ground was an essential part of each side’s attacks.

    “We knew coming in it was going to be a factor, but we didn’t know how much,” said Arlington coach Lance Yodzio. “We tried really hard to play it on the flanks and keep it moving, and that seemed to help in spurts, because we knew they were good at stepping up and sending balls through on their counterattack.”

    Division 2 North semifinal


    Concord-Carlisle 2, Belmont 1 — Sophomore Ben Santos (one goal) and junior Kyle Jackson (one goal) powered the Patriots (12-2-6) past the Marauders in a semifinal at Woburn High. ‘‘It’s the coldest game I’ve ever been associated with,’’ coach Ray Pavlik said. Santos broke the scoreless tie in the second half. The Patriots went up, 2-0, before the Marauders scored with 12 minutes remaining.


    BC High 42, Needham 12 — Bobby DeMeo (4 and 60 yards) and Danny Abraham (35 and 45 yards) scored two touchdowns apiece as the visiting Eagles (9-1) scored 35 unanswered points in the final three quarters for the nonleague win. Connor Hickey had a 70-yard kickoff return as Needham (6-4) seized an early 12-7 lead.

    Masconomet 26, Newton South 0 — Jay Theriault ran for a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter as the Chieftains (7-3) earned a road win over the Lions.

    Newton North 25, New Bedford 13 — Senior Will Thompson (three rushing touchdowns, one fumble recovery for TD) led the Tigers (7-3) past the Whalers (3-7).

    Blue Hills 38, Sacred Heart 32 — The Warriors (4-6) were led by Dan Pellegrino’s two touchdowns, which included a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter.

    Lynn Classical 26, Peabody 20 — Juniors Keith Ridley threw two TD passes to Nashaun Butler, leading the Rams (8-2) past the Tanners (5-5).

    Chelmsford 28, Reading 0 — The Lions (5-5) were led by senior Sal Lupoli’s three touchdowns, and 154 yards on 29 carries.

    Medfield 15, Foxborough 6 — Cam Lunn’s 32-yard field goal in the fourth quarter locked up the win for the visiting Warriors (8-2). Senior Mason Giunta carried 21 times for 120 yards and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark for the season.

    Salem 41, Arlington Catholic 15 — Senior Vinny Gaskins racked up 218 yards on 14 carries and crossed the goal line four times to lift the visiting Witches (6-4).

    Freshman linebacker Sam Ofurie registered five tackles, two for loss, and assisted on two more to stymie the host Cougars (5-5).

    Newburyport 18, Somerville 0 — Senior running back Myles Maloof (210 yards rushing) scored twice as the Clippers (5-4) defeated the Highlanders (6-4).

    Weston 12, Bedford 6 — Senior Theo Delgizzi had the winning 1-yard touchdown for the Wildcats (3-7) in overtime.

    Newton North 25, New Bedford 13 — Senior Will Thompson (three rushing touchdowns, one fumble recovery for TD) led the Tigers (7-3) past the Whalers (3-7).

    Falmouth 14, Dighton-Rehoboth 7 — Down 7-0 after one half, the Falcons (5-4) scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter led by their duo of Julius and Kyle Cardoza.

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    Alan Hibino has been hired as the varsity girls’ basketball coach at Andover High. A teacher at the high school, he also coaches the varsity girls’ tennis team. He replaces E.J. Perry, who after guiding the Golden Warriors to a 65-27 mark — including last year’s 22-2 run to the Division 1 state semifinals, is taking over as the boys’ coach at Triton Regional. He will continue to coach football and boys’ volleyball at Andover.

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