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November 24, 2012

Hats off to Bresette, Wiggins and a terrific sister duo

Central Catholic’s perfect season came to a halt during a shootout in the Division 1 North final. Haverhill rebounded to make the tourney after a four-win season in 2011.

Andover resident Sarah Bresette led Brooks to a title in her final game at her dream school, which wait-listed her before her freshman year. Central’s Alli Wiggins battled back from an ACL tear to lead her team in scoring.

Overall, it was another action-packed girls high school soccer team. Time for some awards:

BEST MASS. TEAM:

Brooks

Brooks capped off a tremendous season with a 1-0 double overtime victory in the NEPSAC Class A title game when Sarah Bresette of Andover scored the game-winner with 30 seconds left in the second OT.

Brooks went 18-2-1 and won the Class A championship for the first time since 2002, when current coach Jaime Gilbert was an All-American performer for the Green and White.

BEST N.H. TEAM: Londonderry

The Lancers had another strong year, going 15-3, but they lost a 4-3 heartbreaker in the Division 1 semifinals to Bedford. The Lancers got a huge boost when two former Londonderry greats transferred back: Lydia Simmons from Brewster and Maeve Holland from Central Catholic.

TEAM PLAYER OF YEAR: Lauren Flynn

A midfielder for her club soccer team, the Central Catholic senior agreed to play goalie this high school season because it was best for her team.

Flynn posted 11 shutouts and led the Raiders to an appearance in the Division 1 North final.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:

Marlayna Buco

The Haverhill sophomore goalie recorded 10 or more saves in eight regular season games. She made an impressive 16 saves in a 3-2 loss to Central Catholic.

COMEBACK PLAYER

OF THE YEAR:@headNotebook:

Alli Wiggins

The Central sophomore from Methuen scored just one goal last year before tearing her ACL. She returned strong, leading her team in points with 13 goals and 12 assists.

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