North Andover boys soccer was able to post two goals in the first 15 minutes of play before losing its tempo in a foul-filled battle against Jeremiah Burke.
Surviving a penalty shot goal from the Dorchester school, the Knights got an important score from Dennis Graef off a rebound of his own free kick to lock up a 3-1 first-round tourney victory.
Mike Skarabelis put second seed North Andover on top to stay with his first-half markers.
The Knights dodged a bullet when their six-man wall blocked a Burke free kick at the top of the penalty area that could have tied the game. From there, goalie Marc Patnaude (five saves) stood tall and blanked the 15th seeds the rest of the way.
Next up on North Andover’s Division 2 North tourney run is a home quarterfinal date tomorrow at 7 p.m. against No. 7 Winchester, which edged 10th seed Beverly, 2-1 in overtime.
Pentucket boys soccer quickly took charge, getting goals from Trevor Collins and Matt Farrell in the first five minutes of play, then rode an outstanding team synergy to a 4-0 first-round victory over Dracut.
“From the defense to our transition game to our offense, everything was clicking and everybody was playing well together,” said Sachem head coach Christian Langlois.
Farrell, recently named to the All-Cape Ann League team, scored twice in the victory.
All-CAL goalie Cody Sedler made eight saves and didn’t allow any rebounds for easy second-chance shots for Dracut to pounce on.
The top seed in Division 2 North, Pentucket will host Salem tomorrow in quarterfinal play. It will be decided today whether the game will be played at Haverhill Stadium as yesterday’s tourney opener was.
Once Kylie Regan scored in the second half, Central Catholic’s offense soared to a 6-1 girls soccer tourney victory over 19th seed Lexington.