During pregame meetings, Lexington girls’ soccer coach Alex Caram asks her players to partner up and establish goals for the game at hand. Izzy Konijnenberg was determined to get off as many shots as possible Monday afternoon.
She met her objective.
The freshman forward scored the lone goal with 1 minute, 30 seconds remaining, lifting the fifth-seeded Minutemen to a 1-0 victory over visiting Lincoln-Sudbury in the first round of the Division 1 North tournament.
With time winding down, Konijnenberg received the ball on the right side of midfield. An open field in front of her, she sprinted toward the goal, and from 30 yards out, reared back her right leg and fired a shot into the top left corner of the net.
“When I had the ball and I had an open line, I decided to stick to my goal and to try and shoot because if you don’t shoot, you don’t score,” said Konijnenberg, who scored five goals during the regular season.
It was only a matter of time before the Minutemen (12-4-3) found the back of the net after they dominated possession from start to finish, and put constant pressure on the L-S defense.
“I’m just happy we didn’t go to overtime, it really could’ve been anyone’s game,” said Caram. “We had a lot of chances and we finally put one away. It’s a freshman, I mean this is just an awesome moment for her.”
The Warriors (7-6-6) played a strong defensive game, spearheaded by keeper Caroline Davis, a senior captain who finished with nine saves, including a stop on a point-blank chance from senior defender Jen Fiore with 10:30 left in regulation.
“[Davis] has been phenomenal for us for the last two years,” said Lincoln-Sudbury coach Kate Grant. “She’s been lights out. She’s such an incredible athlete. I can’t say enough good things about her.”
Lexington will face host Andover (12-3-3) in a quarterfinal Thursday.
Central Catholic 3, Haverhill 0 — Adrianna Niles had a goal and an assist for the Raiders (11-4-3) in their first-round win over the Hillies (9-8-1).
North Andover 3, Peabody 0 — Senior Olivia Gotobed scored two goals for the Knights (11-5-3) to lead them to a first-round win over the Tanners (11-8).
Division 2 North
Belmont 1, Masconomet 0 — Junior Kiki Christofori scored the lone goal with 12:30 remaining to lift the 10th-seeded Marauders (9-7-2) to the first-round win in Boxford.
Division 4 North
Saint Joseph Prep 2, Lowell Catholic 1 — Junior Katelyn Botte gave the Phoenix (9-6-4) an early 2-0 lead and held on for the first-round win.
Division 3 South
Ursuline 6, Tri-County 0 — Junior Kelly Cheevers scored a pair of goals and added an assist and junior goalie Nikki Olson recorded five saves for the shutout to lift the third-seeded Bears (14-3-2) to the first-round win.
Division 4 South
West Bridgewater 3, Sacred Heart 1 — Arianna Georgantis scored two goals to propel the host Wildcats (11-5) past the first round and into the quarterfinals against Hull.
Division 2 North
Billerica 5, Brighton 0 — Johnny Bragg scored a pair of goals and Stephen Harris had a goal and an assist for the Indians (10-8-1) in the preliminary-round win.
Division 3 North
North Reading 3, Whittier 1 — Freshman Josh Stanieich tallied a goal and an assist for the Hornets (11-7-1) in their first-round win over the Wildcats (10-8-1).
Wayland 2, Pentucket 1 — Senior captain Kyle Mabe scored the winner with 10 minutes left on an assist from junior Zach Campana to lift the 13th-seeded Warriors (7-7-5) past No. 4 Pentucket in the first round. Campana put Wayland in front 11 minutes into the game with junior Ryan MacDonald providing an assist.
Division 1 South
Xaverian 2, BC High 1 — Finn Mungovan lofted a shot, and it hung for a moment. The Xaverian sophomore thought he might’ve nabbed the winner, but first, he took a look into the crowd.
“Throughout the day I was maybe thinking about bagging the winner against BC High,” Mungovan said. “I’m thankful it came off.”
In Monday night’s D1 South first-round matchup between Catholic Conference rivals, host Xaverian scored a pair of second-half goals, capped by Mungovan’s winning tally in the 78th minute.
“There’s some very solid players, on this team, but the real defining factor is how they work,” Xaverian coach Garrett Bowers said. “How they sacrifice for each other, for me that’s our character.”
No. 2 seed Xaverian (12-3-4) advances to Thursday quarterfinals to face the New Bedford/King Philip winner.
Franklin 1, Natick 0 — Senior Lucas Moura scored the lone goal in the 17th minute and senior captain Jack Rudolph made 15 saves to preserve the shutout as the 11th-seeded Panthers (9-6-4) upset the sixth-seeded Redhawks (8-3-6) in the first round.
Weymouth 2, Wellesley 0 — Junior forward James Mathewson scored both goals as the No. 5 Wildcats (12-4-3) defeated the reigning Division 1 state finalists in a first- round matchup between Bay State Conference rivals.
Division 2 South
Dartmouth 3, Medfield 2 — Joey Paiva scored in the 89th minute to lift the seventh-seeded Hilltoppers (11-4-2) to the first-round win.
Division 3 South
Apponequet 4, Rockland 2 — Junior Aiden Lehane (3 goals) netted the winner in the second to spur the ninth-seeded Lakers (11-3-2) to the comeback win in the first round. Apponequet senior Mike Magalhaes added the goal.
Beaver Country Day 2, Marianapolis 1 — Senior Ronan McCarthy (1 goal, 1 assist) led the way for the host Beavers (10-5).
Division 1 North
Andover 1, Natick 0 — The Golden Warriors (15-2-4) converted one of their few scoring opportunities with 6:28 left, when a corner bounced off the stick of Sydney Gregory into the back of the net for the semifinal win at Reading High.
“Our goal was to try and knock one in and then waste time,” Andover coach Maureen Noone said. “Just kind of kill the clock and baby it out a little bit.”
Natick was limited to just four shots on net. Andover was forced to move one of its top scoring threats, junior captain Hanna Medwar, to the midfield after freshman Emma Reilly sustained a hip injury in warmups.
Acton-Boxborough 6, Chelmsford 2 — The Colonials (21-0) had a well-balanced offensive attack with six different players registering goals in their victory over the Lions (12-5-6) in Reading.
“Just put it in the net. I don’t care who does it,” joked Colonials coach Mae Shoemaker.
A-B played from behind for the first time all season after the No. 12 seed Lions scored to start the match. The Colonials responded with three goal goals in the first half before tacking on three unanswered goals in the second half.
No. 1 seed Acton-Boxborough will take on sixth-seeded Andover in the final on Saturday.
Division 1 South
Notre Dame (Hingham) 4, Mansfield 0 — The junior duo of Emily Murphy (2 goals) and Christine Landry (2 goals) powered the Cougars (13-2-3) to a quarterfinal win over the Hornets (12-7-2).
Walpole 3, Plymouth North 2 — Sophomore Caroline Whelan provided the first two goals before classmate Jessica Tosone struck for the go-ahead goal with nine minutes left to lift the Porkers (18-0-2) to the quarterfinal win.
Westwood 1, Franklin 0 — Junior Abby Crowley gave the sixth-ranked Wolverines (17-1-2) the lead and sophomore goalie Amelia Cogan (9 saves) made it stand up in the quarterfinal win.
Somerset Berkley 3, Needham 0 — Lucas Crook netted two goals and Madison Ferrara made 12 saves in the quarterfinal victory for the defending state champion Raiders (20-0).
Division 1 Central/East
Newton North 3, Newton South 0 — With star setter/hitter Tessa Lanfear out for the postseason (back), senior Lisa Halloran (15 kills, 7 digs) and sophomore Carlotta Menozzi (34 assists) led the two-time defending D1 champion Tigers (13-1) with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-20 sweep of the eighth-seeded Lions (11-11).
“What we showed tonight was that we’re a really deep team and that anyone can come on for us and play really well,” Halloran said.
Junior Makayla Marucci also had 13 kills and six digs for the Tigers.
Boston Latin 3, Latin Academy 0 — In a matchup of city exam schools, but nonleague foes, the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (13-6) swept the fifth-seeded Dragons (13-8) 25-5, 25-14, 25-6 behind 13 aces from senior Ashley Rooney. Dual County League MVP Breann Cleary led Latin with 12 kills.
King Philip 3, Revere 0 — Junior Nicole Coughlan (11 kills, 2 aces) and senior captain Katherine Waldeck (9 kills, 3 blocks) led the way for the Warriors (17-4) in a quarterfinal win.
Division 1 South
Barnstable 3, Durfee 0 — Senior Dorian Funk recorded 20 assists for the Red Raiders (18-2) in their quarterfinal victory over the Hilltoppers (14-8).
Division 2 Central
Canton 3, Tantasqua 0 — Senior Taylor Harris had 16 kills for the Bulldogs (18-3) in their quarterfinal victory over the Warriors (13-9).
Brandan Chase reported from Boston and Newton, Greg Levinsky from Westwood, and John Hand from Reading.