Trailing Natick 1-0 at halftime on Monday, the No. 12 Hingham girls’ soccer team found their groove, scoring four times in the second half to hand the No. 2 Redhawks their first loss, 4-1, in the EMGSCA For Kids Sake Charity Classic at Medway High School.
The last time Hingham took the field against Natick (6-1-2), on Sept. 17, they were dealt a 4-2 loss while senior captain Kira Maguire suffered a season-ending knee injury.
Since then, the Harbormen have been trying to piece things together in search for some confidence offensively.
“It’s taken us awhile to figure out how to play not having Kira,” said Hingham coach Ryan Puntiri. “This is a big step for us.”
Tied at one apiece, Hingham took the lead 15 minutes into the second half when junior Taylor Aymar slotted home a shot into an open net after sophomore Lily Reale pulled the Natick keeper out of position. With a timeout at his disposal, Puntiri decided not to use it, instead opting to let his team keep playing.
The move paid off four minutes later when Reale doubled the Hingham lead.
“Sometimes I’ll call the timeout if I have it to drive home the point to defend,” said Puntiri. “The leadership on the field made me say no. We usually tend to step off the gas but we kept at it today.”
Hingham (5-1-2) had equalized just five minutes into the second half. Fittingly, freshman Ava Maguire, Kira’s sister, scored on a one-time volley off a cross from junior Emma Quilty to knot the game at one. Quilty would add a goal of her own late in the contest to ice the game.
Defensively, the Harbormen back line limited Natick’s quality scoring chances. Senior goalkeeper Julia Turnak was tested on a couple occasions in the second half, but stood up to the task.
“This goes a long way in instilling confidence within our players,” said Puntiri. “Our offense needs to come from more than one player. We’re very much a work in progress but we made some strides today.”
Arlington Catholic 3, Matignon 1 — Senior Katie Regan tallied a goal and an assist to lift the Cougars (4-7).
Belmont 3, Wakefield 1 — Senior Drew Bates netted two goals for the Marauders (8-2-1).
Bishop Feehan 5, Medfield 0 — Senior keeper Meghan Smith posted a shutout in the EMGSCA’s For Kids’ Sake charity event at Medway High.
Danvers 2, Swampscott 1 — Senior Riley Baker scored in the fourth minute and freshman Arianna Bezanson connected with her team-leading 12th of the season at 13:00, drilling an 18-yard blast into the net as the third-ranked Falcons (9-1-1) pulled out the Northeastern Conference North win in Swampscott.
Hull 2, Abington 0 — Junior captain Lauren Anastos scored both goals for the Pirates (6-0-3).
Peabody 2, Cardinal Spellman 1 — Freshmen McKayla Fisher and Ava D’Ambrosio tallied for the Tanners (6-3) in the nonleague win.
Seekonk 2, Bourne 1 — Freshman Lauren Couitt scored the winner with one minute remaining for the Warriors.
St. Mary’s 4, Saint Joseph Prep 0 — Jenna Foley potted two goals and Susannah Cornell and Riley Lynch added tallies for the Spartans (8-3-1).
Stoneham 3, Reading 2 — Junior Samantha Caldarelli and freshman Lilly McNulty each had a goal and an assistfor the Spartans (8-0-3).
Winchester 5, Melrose 0 — Hannah Curtin potted four goals as the No. 13 Sachems (10-1) soared to the shutout.
Billerica 1, Lawrence 0 — Stephen Harris fired home a pass from Jonathan Bragg for the lone goal of the game for the Indians (4-2-2).
Bishop Fenwick 4, Winthrop 0 — Junior Sean Kern scored three times for the Crusaders (5-5-1).
Franklin 1, Xaverian 0 — Ethan Bowen scored the winner for the Panthers (6-5-1), assisted by Lucas Moura.
Silver Lake 1, Duxbury 0 — Alex Lloyd scored the lone goal as the Lakers (9-0-1) registered the Patriot League win
St. John’s Prep 2, Danvers 0 — Omar Chagouri and Gabe Najim each tallied a goal for the Eagles (7-2-2).
Wellesley 2, Sharon 1 — The Raiders scored twice in the final four minutes to stun Sharon.
Belmont 2, Wakefield 0 — Jordan Lettiere netted both goals for the Marauders (8-1).
Dennis-Yarmouth 4, Monomoy 0 — Senior Shelby Dunn scored a hat trick for the fourth-ranked Dolphins (10-0-1).
Gloucester 4, Central Catholic 4 — Maddie DiPietro registered a hat trick and added an assist as visiting Central (7-1-2) earned the tie.
Lexington 4, Wilmington 1 — Junior Nairi Enright scored two times for the Minutemen (7-1-2).
Lynnfield 2, Ipswich 0 — Seniors twins Ashley and Brianna Barrett scored for the Pioneers (10-1-0).
Pentucket 7, Hamilton-Wenham 0 — Janet Dickens had a pair of goals for the Sachems (7-4-1) in the Cape Ann win.
Somerset Berkley 5, Dartmouth 1 — Megan Salsinha (2 goals, 1 assist) and Cami Crook (1 goal, 2 assists) lifted the No. 3 Raiders (10-1) to the nonleague win.
Watertown 6, Woburn 0 — Gabby Venezia, Catherine Connors, and Ally Kennedy netted two goals apiece for the No. 5 Raiders (8-0-1).
Braintree 103, Natick 81 — Junior Frank Mahoney carded a 3-under 33 and his twin brother Kyle was 1-under to lead the Wamps at Braintree Municipal.
Norwood 283, Westwood 286 — Medalist Joey Healy shot a 1-under 35 to lead the Mustangs (9-3) at Norwood Country Club.
Apponequet 3, Old Rochester 1 — Gianna Marag (12 service points, 3 aces, 2 kills), Sarah Blair (12 service points, 10 kills, 2 blocks), Anna Forth (9 kills), and Sara Cattaneo (8 service points, 2 aces, 3 kills, 6 digs) led the Lakers (11-3) to the win.
Arlington Catholic 3, Medford 0 — Kristen O’Keefe (15 kills) and Katrina Perez (30 assists) powered the No. 13 Cougars (13-0) to a sweep in Medford.
Belmont 3, Wakefield 1 — After a 25-18 loss in the first set, senior Jane Mahon (17 kills) paced the Marauders (9-2) to three straight wins.
Bourne 3, Seekonk 1 — Mattie Stuck (8 aces, 26 digs) and Emma Fenton (12 kills) powered the No. 9 Canalmen (13-0).
Hamilton-Wenham 3, Peabody 2 — Evelyn Eadson had 13 kills and 20 digs for the Generals.
Somerville 3, Matignon 1 — Junior Nevalee Hawkins had 8 kills and 8 aces for the Highlanders (3-9).