(Amesbury MA) Amesbury started tourney play with a 4-2 D4 North quarterfinals win over Winthrop tonight.
The Indians will play Essex Tech in the semi-finals next Monday (2PM) on Whittier’s new turf field.
Junior Alyssa Pettet paced the Indians (12-1-6) with two first-half goals while her sophomore teammate MK McElaney added a goal and two assists.
Junior Maura Dorr (with over fifty career goals) added two more to her total for Winthrop.
Alyssa Pettet breaks past Julia Marcoccio (16) for a shot
Amesbury applied most of the pressure during the game, but Coach Adam Thibodeau wasn’t pleased with his team’s style of play in the early going.
“We hadn’t played for a while (eight days) and it showed in the first 10-15 minutes,” he recalled. “We didn’t have the energy, so we relied on long balls. We should have been passing to feet and sending players into space.”
“Passing to feet,” and “sending a player into space” kicked in for the Indians at 25:14 as Lilly O’Neill and Alyssa Pettet worked together on a nifty give-and-go.
“Lilly sent a pass between the sweeper and stopper,” recalled Alyssa, “and I just needed a step to be in on goal.”
Amesbury’s first goal was Alyssa’s 20th.
Nine minutes later the Holy Cross commit had her 21st off MK McElaney’s corner kick.
“MK and I have done a good job of connecting on CK’s,” said Alyssa. “She places them perfectly.”
“It was a great kick by MK,” added Coach Thibodeau. “She’s been working on it all year.”
Three minutes later the Vikings (11-9) came very close to cutting into Amesbury’s 2-0 lead.
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