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.”
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.