Just 0-14-4 only two years ago, Methuen High boys soccer completed the reclamation project last night. The Rangers blanked Lawrence 2-0 on a pair of Salah Baladi goals, qualifying for the state tournament for the first time since 2006. “We were winless in my first season, so this is a good turnaround for us,” said coach Jeff Lamy, who got eight big saves from Shane Godek to protect the win for the 9-6-1 Rangers.
Andover pushes Raiders to limit
Alli Wiggins scored the equalizer with 75 seconds left to play, preserving Central Catholic’s unbeaten season at 12-0-3 after a 1-1 tie with Andover. Veronica Alois had put Andover up 1-0 with the earlier goal.
Needing a win or tie to qualify for the postseason in the regular season finale, the Georgetown High girls did it in style. The Royals made Kristin Hogan’s first-half goal stand up in a 1-0 shutout win over Manchester Essex. Jaime Block made 7 saves to protect the shutout for the Royals.
Hornets earn tourney berth
North Reading boys soccer earned a tourney berth with a 3-1 victory over Triton. Colby Maiola poured in two goals and Josh Intorcio made four big saves.
Pinkerton Academy made it four trips to the state field hockey title game in the last five years with a dramatic, 1-0, overtime state semifinal win over Exeter last night. Junior Julie Saltamartini scored the sudden-death winner, about 10 minutes into overtime, set up by a sweet Kaylie DeCosmo feed. Jordan Dudley turned aside 11 shots for the shutout in goal. The Astros will now battle Winnacunnet Regional for the title, Sunday at Bedford High with a 2:30 p.m. faceoff.
Sanborn rally falls short
Down 3-1, Sanborn rallied to cut it to 3-2, falling just short in a second round, Division 3 playoff boys soccer loss to Prospect Mountain. Steven O’Callaghan had both goals for the Indians. “We had a great chance to tie with 8 seconds left too,” said coach Al Magnusson. “It just wasn’t meant to be.”