EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 17, 2013

King and I

Motivated Central star Regan gets lift from Boston Breakers standout

High School Soccer
Christopher Smith

---- — Central Catholic midfielder Kylie Regan of Atkinson isn’t just a star in the classroom (No. 2 in her senior class). She also is a star offensive player for arguably the best soccer program (boys and girls included) in this area.

Regan, who scored nine goals all of last year, has six goals through four games, leading the Raiders to a 4-0 start. Central is dominating the early season. It has outscored its opponents 20-1.

“I did a lot of conditioning over the summer,” Regan said, “kind of working to make myself more of a leader on the team and just being more physically fit and ready to go for the season.”

Regan worked out with Boston Breakers defender Julie King.

“She did help me with my game,” Regan said. “Mostly it was a lot of conditioning and leadership things to help me become a better leader and captain. She just kind of gave me more of a mental push.”

Regan — whose sister sophomore Sarah Regan is a defender on Central’s varsity squad — is looking at several colleges, including Dartmouth, Tufts and the University of Richmond.

“I definitely work very hard for my grades and everything,” Regan said.

Depending on where she attends college, Regan might try to continue with both her soccer and track careers. Regan runs the mile (5:13) and 800 (2:17) during track season.

Regan and Central lost in the Division 1 North final to Beverly last year when the game was decided on penalty kicks after two scoreless 10-minute overtimes. It was the Raiders’ only loss and a source of motivation entering this year.

“It definitely affected me and the rest of the girls,” Regan said. “It definitely motivated me over the summer. I want to build on that because I think it kind of left a bad end to the season even though we had a great season before that point. We don’t want that to happen again. We’re looking for a better end to this season so we all worked really hard this summer.”

Halfway to last year

Pelham’s Harley Kearney had an incredible season last year as a junior, pumping in 22 goals. But if he keeps up the pace he’s on this season, he’ll put last fall’s goal total to shame.

Kearney already has 11 goals in four games. He recorded hat tricks in each of his first three games (against Mascenic, Bishop Brady and Campbell) and had two goals in his fourth game against Kearsarge.

Pelham first-year head coach Matt Miller, who was a varsity assistant last year, is quite impressed. But Miller said the reason for Kearney’s early season surge isn’t just because of his star senior’s individual improvement and ability.

He credits the entire offense for Kearney’s 11 goals.

“This is more of a team cohesiveness,” Miller said. “There is more than just one player doing all the work.”

Holy Cross-bound

Congrats to Central senior forward Aly Spencer who has committed to play soccer at Holy Cross.

“I really liked Holy Cross from the beginning,” she said. “It’s obviously a really great school. It’s so nice there so, with or without soccer, it would have been one of my top choices.”

Spencer actually has played in a couple games for Holy Cross head coach Darren Gallagher during club soccer.

“It was this past year, MPS (Massachusetts Premier Soccer),” Spencer said. “He coaches another team in my age group in that club so I played with him for a couple of tournaments.

“I was interested in (Holy Cross) before then. It was good to be able to play in front of him.”

Spencer and Central are off to a 4-0 start.

“We have so much depth on the team,” Spencer said. “We have 12 seniors and a lot of really good new players.

“Having that much talent on the team, it’s really fun because you don’t get that out of a high school team usually.”

What a start!

Salem boys soccer is off to a 4-0 start, its best start to a season since going 4-0 in 2009.

The Blue Devils have outscored their opponents 14-5 and have received goals from nine players.

Todd Righini and Christian Moreno each have three goals. Andrew Fichera has scored twice. Darren Righini, Jordan Bowman, Reed Grubbs, Zach Grady, Bryant Borges and Andrew Doucette each have one goal.

Very promising newcomer

Pinkerton senior forward David Parrott, who was one of the Astros’ promising newcomers in the soccer preview, is off to a fine start. He has three goals in four games. Pinkerton is off to a strong start, too, with a 3-1 record.

Good change

Windham senior Tyler Masone played outside back on Windham’s Division 2 state championship team last fall.

This year, he was moved back to outside midfield, where he would have played last year had that team not already had several talented senior midfielders in place.

“Clearly he is thriving over there,” Windham coach Mike Hachey said.

Yes, he is.

Masone had two goals and an assist in Windham’s recent 5-0 victory over Trinity. He has three goals in four games and has helped the Jaguars to a 3-1 start.

“This is his time and he’s clearly making the most of it,” said Hachey, adding that Masone probably has more goals already this season than during his entire varsity career.

“He came in really fit and was named captain and has become a real threat (offensively),” Hachey added.

Boys player of week

Haverhill’s Andy Segura had a strong weekend, scoring three goals and adding two assists combined in the Hillies’ games against Lawrence and Malden.

Girls player of week

Andover sophomore forward Veronica Alois has four goals and one assist in two games as the Golden Warriors have earned wins against North Andover and Danvers to start the season.