Wellesley shuts out Newton South in Division 1 South girls’ soccer tournament

The Wellesley girls’ soccer team closed out the regular season with four straight losses, shut out in matchups against Dover-Sherborn, Braintree, Newton North, and Natick.

The Raiders struggled to finish chances with forwards Rory Clare and Lulu Rourke out of the lineup with injuries.

But in the first round of the Division 1 South tournament, with Clare and Rourke making a healthy return, Wellesley delivered a riveting performance Tuesday afternoon. The 13th-seeded Raiders delivered a shut out No. 4 seed Newton South, 1-0, on a late strike by senior midfielder Olivia Francis.

It was Wellesley’s first tourney win since the preliminary round in 2017, and the first postseason victory under the direction of second-year coach Roger Bothe.


“I’m so pumped for the program, for the girls,” said Bothre, who had to raise his voice to be heard over the screams of joy from his players after the game.

“This group of seniors has been especially special.”

After a cold, wet first half, Bothe decided to alter his team’s formation to push more players forward, creating more opportunities for the midfield to generate offense.

The adjustment paid off. Just over midfield, Francis passed the ball to Rourke, then sprinted the left sideline before receiving a perfect pass from Rourke. Francis then dribbled to the middle of the field and unleashed a shot, from about 12 yards away, that sailed over the keeper’s head with 5:17 remaining in the match.

“We practice give and go’s all the time,” said Bothe.

“We preach all the time that it is the easiest move. You learn it at 5 years old. It’s one, two, but it’s impossible to guard. We were like ‘play it, play it, play it.’ It was on and they did phenomenal. The execution was really great.”

With just minutes left, South (13-3-3) threatened to tie the score off a shot that skidded on the wet turf. But junior goalie Ella Karhl made the save, securing the win for the Raiders (9-5-3).


Wellesley will play Needham winner in Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Field hockey

Division 2 South

Dover-Sherborn 3, Dennis-Yarmouth 0 1— Senior Abigail Gramer scored two goals on a game-high six shots as the third-seeded Raiders (18-1-2) knocked off the defending Division 2 state champions in a semifinal game at Braintree.

Gramer, one of the many holdovers of last year’s team that fell to the juggernaut Dolphins in the quarterfinal round, took a lot from that defeat last year and turned it into the Raiders’ first sectional final appearance since 2014.

“We knew we were a different team this year,” said Gramer. “We really had the energy knowing this was the game we wanted to win. This is a huge win for us.”

Sandwich 1, Cohasset 0 — There were times that it felt as if the D2 South semifinal between the top-seeded Blue Knights (19-1-1) and No. 5 Cohasset (15-5-1) would remain perpetually scoreless.

But an individual effort by Sandwich sophomore Paige Hawkins with 12 minutes to play made the difference.

Hawkins took the ball from about 25 yards out, surged past three defenders, and fed a shot past Skippers’ senior Noah Sullivan for the lead.

“It’s not just her stickhandling, it’s her timing,” said Sandwich coach Kelsy Beaton. “She reads defenders’ speed, and we’ve watched her do that all year. That’s her thing.”


Boys’ soccer

Division 1 North

Framingham 5, Chelsea 0 — Senior Gus Andrade scored twice and added an assist in a first-round victory for the Flyers (12-2-4).

Medford 6, Chelmsford 2 — Kendry Price converted a free kick 15 minutes into the second half, breaking a 1-1 deadlock, and triggering a five-goal second half for the Mustangs (15-3-1) in the first-round win. France Memeus had two goals and once assist.

St. John’s Prep 3, Peabody 1 — Second-half goals from senior captain Ethan Ambrosh, along with juniors Zach Vlachos and Owen Siewert paced the Eagles (13-3-3) to the first-round win over the Tanners (12-6).

Division 2 North

Concord-Carlisle 3, Reading 0 — The Patriots (9-3-5) rebounded swiftly after a first-half in which they failed to establish control of the game. Luca Baum, playing in his first postseason game, scored the opener in the 61st minute after controlling a throw-in and slotting the ball into the bottom corner. Liam Harrington and Levi Pierce added goals in stoppage time as Concord-Carlisle advanced to the quarterfinals.

Division 3 North

Lynnfield 1, Gloucester 0 — Senior captian Tommy Buston scored in the first minute of the second half to secure the first-round win for the Pioneers (10-7-1).

Division 4 North

Bishop Fenwick 2, Georgetown 1 — Sophomore Keiron Murray netted the equalizer in the 51st minute and junior Andrew Murray finished off a breakaway with a shot into the right corner of the net at 78:00 to lift Fenwick (12-4-4) to the first-round win in Peabody.


Mystic Valley 3, Arlington Catholic 0 — Lukas Drahos scored a pair of goals to propel the Eagles (14-4-1) to the first-round win.

Division 1 South

Hingham 1, Barnstable 0 — Senior Liam Bevens scored on a penalty kick with just a few minutes remaining to propel the Harbormen (11-4-5) to the first-round win. Hingham will face top seed Needham Thursday.

Division 3 South

Holliston 3, Archbishop Williams 0 — The Panthers (12-2-3) received goals from three players, including a pair in the second half for the first-round win.

Scituate 2, Dover-Sherborn 1 — Senior Finn O'Connor scored on a penalty kick late in the second half to advance the Sailors (16-0-4) to the quarterfinals and a matchup with Holliston.

Division 4 South

Carver 4, Millis 2 — Junior forward Mike Sawicki netted two goals and an assist for the Crusaders (13-4) in the first round.

Cohasset 6, Monomoy 0 — Senior Kyle Osborne filled the net with four goals in the first half and junior Whit Swartwood added two more in the second half for the Skippers (13-1-5).

Girls’ soccer

Division 3 North

Austin Prep 1, Hamilton-Wenham 0 — Senior Mia Han scored the only goal and sophomore keeper Samantha MacCormack recorded a shutout for the Cougars (15-2-3), who host Wayland on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

Division 1 South

Bishop Feehan 2, Marshfield 0 — Junior Frannie Yanchuk and senior Hailey Goodman scored for the second-seeded Shamrocks (18-0-1) in a first-round win over the 15th-seeded Rams. Goodman also had an assist.


Natick 5, Bridgewater-Raynham 0 — Eliza Campana scored twice and added an assist as the Redhawks (13-2-3) cruised to a first-round victory over the Trojans (11-5-3).

Division 2 South

Foxborough 2, Medfield 0 — Juniors Jordyn Collins and Grace Ferguson scored for the Warriors (15-2-2) in the first round. Junior Morgan Sylvestre recorded a shutout in goal.

Division 3 South

Dedham 1, Bishop Stang 0 — Abbie Finn scored the lone goal to propel the Marauders (15-5-2) to the quarterfinal win over the Spartans (10-7-1).

Norwell 2, Middleborough 1 — Senior captain Kristi Vierra netted the winner just over a minute into overtime to give the Clippers (12-3-3) the first-round victory over the Sachems (10-6-2).

Girls’ volleyball

Division 2 North

Melrose 3, Lynn Classical 0 — Senior Emma Randolph (16 kills) reached 900 career kills, breaking the school record, as Red Raiders (19-3) swept the host Rams (19-3) in the quarterfinals.

Division 1 South

Bishop Feehan 3, New Bedford 1 — Senior Daylin Melcher (13 digs) and sophomore Delaney Zolnowski (9 kills) sparked the Shamrocks (16-3) to the semifinal win.

Division 2 South

Cardinal Spellman 3, Greater New Bedford 1 — Senior captain Allison Pearson tallied six aces and eight kills to lead the Cardinals (18-3) to a quarterfinal win.

Dennis-Yarmouth 3, Plymouth South 0 — Sophomore Alayna Rooney (27 kills), sophomore Lucy Swanson (21 kills and 23 digs), and freshman Grace Presswood (21 kills and 12 digs) powered the Dolphins (19-2) in the quarterfinals. They will face Old Rochester in the semifinals Thursday.

Division 3 South

Case 3, Southeastern 0 — Freshman setter Olivia Silva (38 assists) and senior hitter Amber Arruda (19 kills) led the Cardinals (15-5) in the quarterfinal win. Case will take on Sacred Heart in Thursday’s semis.

Globe correspondents Dan Shulman contributed to from Braintree and Matt Doherty contributed from Reading.