Thursday October 11, 2012

NORTH ADAMS -- Mary Nguyen had already reached the 100-point plateau. She was just the third in McCann Tech’s girls soccer history to do it. On Wednesday afternoon, she became the all-time leading scorer as the girls’ soccer team avenged its only loss of the season with a 4-1 win over visiting St. Joseph’s.

Nguyen entered the game with 115 points, one shy of Heather Malloy’s record. She tied it in the 26th minute with her first of four goals. But that’s all she and the Hornets could muster in the first half and they went into the break knotted at 1 with the Crusaders.

Then the Hornets took over and Nguyen was the sole beneficiary. She scored in the 48th, 61st and 64th minutes to power the Hornets past St. Joseph’s.

"She was just the highlight. It was the supporting cast that made her [Wednesday]," coach Mike Dowling said. "We had some really nice wing play [Wednesday].

"[Center half Alex] Lincoln, [stopper Monique] Martel and [sweeper] C.J. Schliech, they were totally fun to watch."

St. Joseph’s handed McCann its only loss in September, a 4-0 defeat. That had been a point of contention within the Hornets.

"They were a little embarrassed how we got swamped off the field last time," Dowling said. "[They wanted to make] St. Joe know they were in a game because they weren’t in a game last time.

"It was a whole team effort."

Dowling added keeper Alex Wood, who finished with seven saves, made two great saves with the score still tied 1-1, and they helped turn the momentum in McCann’s favor.

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McCann Tech 4, St. Joseph’s 1

St. Joseph’s 1 0 -- 1

McCann Tech 1 3 -- 4

First Half

MT -- Mary Nguyen (UA), 26:00.

SJ -- Keegan McCauley (UA), 38:00.

Second Half

MT -- Nguyen (Alexa Durant), 48:00.

MT -- Nguyen (Durant), 61:00.

MT -- Nguyen (UA), 64:00.

Saves -- MT: Alex Wood 7; SJ: Kendall Smith 12.

Boys

Worcester North 1, Greylock 0

WILLIAMTOWN -- A late goal by Derrick Acheamboag in the 75th minute snapped a scoreless tie and gave Worcester North a 1-0 win over Mount Greylock.

The Polar Bears, (10-1), the defending Division 1 Central Mass. champions, are currently ranked No. 6 in the state in the ESPN MIAA boys soccer poll.

"We had better scoring opportunities than they did," said Mountie coach Blair Dils. "We’re feeling a little disppointed that we didn’t come away from this game with at least a tie, if not a win."

Greylock is now 9-2. It’s the end of a brutal stretch of four games in seven days for the Mounties.

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Worcester North 0 1 -- 1

Mount Greylock 0 0 -- 0

Second half

W -- Derrick Acheamboag (UA) 74:33

Saves -- Worcester: Angelo Perrone 5, G: Sean Houston 4.