Girls’ soccer ties Lincoln Sudbury with impressive defensive performance

Anderson Free

Girls’ soccer tied 1-1 against Lincoln Sudbury Saturday, Sept. 10, at home, in a highly-defensive battle that came down to the wire.

Brian Leighton, the head coach, said that the team focused on staying physical through the entire game. “One of the biggest pieces was just bringing that level of intensity and aggression, and kind of setting them in that next level mindset, he said.”

In the first half, North struggled to contain Lincoln Sudbury’s rapid offensive strategy. On the first shot of the game, Lincoln Sudbury managed to put it past senior Josie Glass, the goalie, to take an early 1-0 lead. Lincoln Sudbury also succeeded in taking six shots on goal compared to North’s one.

In the second half, North generated more offensive opportunities and outshot Lincoln Sudbury 5-4. With less than 20 minutes left, North  applied significant pressure to the opposing defense, and sophomore Sawyer Gallivan landed a stellar strike past Lincoln Sudbury’s goalie.

According to senior Vivenne LaCamera, a captain with seniors Kira Doherty and Olivia Thomas. She said, “We definitely showed more composure so that we were able to move it up the field, and it wasnt so much kicking back and forth and everybody just running down the field.” North’s goaltending also held strong throughout the second half, not allowing a single goal. 

“Making saves gives you more confidence to make more saves and I guess it just gets you fired up,” said Glass.

Though North continues to search for their first win of the season, this match makes the future look promising. According to Leighton, the team’s needs to continue building team chemistry and confidence. “There’s moments where we are second guessing ourselves, maybe we don’t see the perfect pass, or see the perfect runner. So just trusting the process and playing what we need to play, and once all 11 players are on the same page, we’ll have the success.”

Girls soccer, 0-1-4, will play Needham High school Tuesday, Sep. 20, at Needham.