Still going strong
Seana Gosselin had a goal and an assist as the Bedford High School girls soccer team recorded its 14th shutout of the season Sunday night in a 3-0 win over Nashua North in the Division I quarterfinals.
Gosselin netted the only goal the No. 2 Bulldogs (14-1-2) would need in the 22nd minute and Brooke Barrett made five saves to send Bedford to the semifinals for the third straight year.
Ali Nelson stopped eight shots for No. 7 North (10-7-1), which wasn’t able to get too many opportunities against Bedford’s defense.
“We made a couple mistakes and (Bedford) capitalized on it,” North coach Dan Wyborney said. “We let balls bounce, we let balls get put in behind us, and they got to them first. I thought we connected some things, but weren’t as dominant in the attacking third as we needed to be.”
Saylor Clark and Regan Schiappa also scored for the Bulldogs, who also didn’t have many opportunities, but were able to capitalize on the ones they did.
“We’re doing a better job of that,” Bedford coach Michelle Winning said. “We’re not getting a ton of opportunities, but when we do, we’re capitalizing.”
Like on Gosselin’s goal, which came when the ball bounced through the box to the Bedford sophomore, who was able to get a shot off before the Titans’ defense could recover.
“It takes only one second for you to forget what you’re supposed to be doing and all of a sudden the ball is in the back of the net,” Wyborney said.
Clark made it 2-0 in 52nd minute, when Christina Campbell sent a ball into the box and Clark beat Nelson to it to put a shot in the back of net.
“Saylor had a great goal by just not giving up and knocking it in,” Winning said. “Our opportunities are coming from everywhere. That was huge because it cut the tension. They’re a tough team and they were breaking through a little bit in the back. I wasn’t comfortable with 1-0, that’s for sure.”
Bedford was scheduled to face No. 6 Bishop Guertin in the semifinals on Thursday at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter. The winner advances to the championship game on Nov. 9 at 2:15 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University.