Norton’s U14 girls D1 team kicked off its season by capturing the U14 A championship for the Mansfield Columbus Cup tournament. The girls were challenged early and often in round robin play. Throughout these games, they showed a great deal of poise and grit with ties to Mansfield and Easton, and finally breaking through with a 3-1 win over Lexington. In the playoffs, Norton was able to eek out a 1-0 win vs Northbridge, the lone score on beautiful near post goal by Haley Elliott. The girls followed up that effort with a tidy 4-1 win in the finals vs Lexington. Haley Elliott scored the first 2 goals of the game, the second on a nice cross from Abbie Kurtzer. Mary Rorke scored Norton's third goal on a bullet from the top of the 18. Hannah John scored Norton's final goal by crashing the net (and the keeper) on a beautiful cross from Maddie Fong. Norton's defense of Amanda Britko, Victoria Anderson, Jackie Ireland, Liz Dufault, Jenn Caramanica, and Katya Freitas, in combination with solid keeper play from Xenia Nikolos, allowed just one goal, a penalty kick, in the playoffs.
The effort put forth was truly a team effort with ALL 17 players contributing in important ways. The Mansfield tournament was the kickoff to the Norton U14 girls competitive travel season. The girls will continue on to winter indoor play and will conclude next Spring with South Coast Soccer League play.
Left to Right
Standing Top - Coach Tony Fong, Grace Newfield, Victoria Anderson, Xenia Nikolos, Maddie Fong, Jenn Caramanica, Alexa DeRosa, Mary Rorke, Sarah Veglas, Coach Scott Sudduth
Kneeling Middle – Abbie Kurtzer, Haley Elliott, Jackie Ireland, Kathryn Ward, Amanda Britko, Katya Freitas, Annabel Diestel, Liz Dufault
Sitting Bottom – Emma Sudduth, Hannah John