Sports

Cavs get closer to playoffs with win

Friday, October 19, 2012

By SAMANTHA RUSSO

Correspondent

HOLLIS – The Hollis Brookline High School girls soccer team blanked Sanborn Regional High School 3-0 on Tuesday in a game that was nothing short of a battle.

Sanborn had solid possession throughout the game but the Cavaliers were better at capitalizing.

“The girls did a really good job,” HB coach Peter Clarke said. “We are on a roll of playing seven games in 11 days, this was the sixth of those games.

Since Oct. 1, the Cavs (9-5-1) have played eight games, going 6-2 to move into eighth in Division II. HB was scheduled to host Merrimack Valley (7-8) on Thursday, and a win would assure the Cavs of a home playoff game in the first round.

“We played double overtime against Oyster River (Monday) night, the No. 1 team, and we pulled off a win but it took the whole 98 minutes,” said Clarke. “So we had weary bodies and we needed to try and rest some people so it was a whole team effort.”

HB’s Lindsey Vazquez scored the first goal of the game, and also assisted on the second goal by Erin Shields. At the beginning of the second half, Kashka Gammon scored, making the score 3-0.

There were two penalty kicks in Sanborn’s favor but HB goalie Katherine Kroeger came up big in both situations.

The win was huge for the Cavs.

“It means a lot because there were a lot of teams that were ahead of us in the standings that started off really strong in the beginning of the year and as we grew together as a team I’ve been impressed with what we’ve been doing,” Clarke said. “That’s a team you have to respect because they are so well coached.”

The Cavs will begin the postseason on Oct. 24.

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