Shoup powers Chelmsford by Westford

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Michelle Shoup netted two goals to power the Chelmsford High girls soccer team to a 3-2 non-league over Westford Academy on Saturday afternoon in Westford.

Reese Hughes also scored for the Lions, while goalkeeper Maddie Climo played an outstanding game. Shoup figured in all the scoring as she also assisted on the Hughes goal. Setting up Shoup’s goals were Kay Doherty and Eliana Parreira.

Chelmsford players celebrate the first goal of the game by Michelle Shoup (11). The Lions defeated Westford Academy in a non-league clash, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon in Westford. JULIA MALAKIE/LOWELL SUN

Prior to the cancer awareness game, both teams gathered for a group picture on the field in solidarity.

Pelham 1, Oyster River 0 >> Pelham defeated the host Bobcats from Durham in a close encounter decided by a second-half goal from Ashlyn Walsh, who continues to find the back of the net with New Hampshire’s best. Carlee Sloan assisted on Walsh’s goal. Hannah Deschene made six saves for the Pythons (8-1-1). Oyster River is one of the top teams in New Hampshire.

Central 1, Bishop Fenwick 1 >> In a non-league clash, Central Catholic walked away with a tie thanks to a goal from Lucy Irwin. Laura Fennessy picked up the assist on the tally. Lauren Sanchez made one save for the Raiders (3-2-4, 3-1-3 MVC).

Billerica 2, Groton-Dunstable 0 >> For Groton-Dunstable, Cassie Prechtl played another strong defensive game. Both teams played hard and helped to raise funds for former Billerica High soccer player and volunteer coach Austin Capone and his cancer battle. G-D donated $215 toward the cause.

Boys soccer

Chelmsford 3, Westford Academy 2 >> The Lions captured the non-league victory in enemy territory as sophomore forward Vince McGann pocketed a pair of goals. Adding a single goal for Chelmsford was senior midfielder Matt Kobrenski.

For Westford, Aidan Mahony (assisted by Seiji Nakanishi) and Owen Boden (assisted by Lucas Albuquerque) were the goal scorers. Fin Rennie made six saves.

Billerica 2, Peabody 0 >> Brian Jones netted both goals to power the Indians to a non-league victory at home. Sophomore Riley Donovan, making his first varsity start in goal, was superb in making 14 saves and posting the shutout. Amir Mahrez set up the first Jones goal. The second came on a penalty kick by Jones.

Girls volleyball

Burlington 3, Central Catholic 0 >> The Raiders dropped the non-league encounter to Middlesex League member Burlington 25-12, 25-17, 25-14. Elisabeth Kearney was solid for Central (2-7) with nine service points and two aces. Also shining for the Lawrence school were Francheska Paulino (4 kills), Abigail Dick (3 blocks), Nicolette Licare (13 assists) and Bella Bouraphael (14 digs).

Andover 3, Central Catholic 0 >> The Raiders were unable to slow down powerful Andover in the MVC battle, falling 25-18, 25-16, 25-21. Bella Bouraphael collected eight service points and three aces for Central. At the net, Francheska Paulino and Elizabeth Kearney provided 9 and 7 kills, respectively. Also leading the Raiders in categories were Abigail Dick with three blocks, Nicolette Licare with 18 assists and Eva Coutu with 34 digs.

Shawsheen 3, Greater Lawrence 0 >> The Rams rolled to the CAC victory by scores of 25-7, 25-20, 25-12.

Boys cross country

Tyngsboro goes 2-0 >> The Tigers went undefeated during a tri-meet that included Lowell Catholic and North Middlesex. Tyngsboro defeated North Middlesex and Lowell Catholic by 18-45 scores. Lowell Catholic was a 25-31 winner over North Middlesex.

Individually, Tyngsboro’s Jack Gramer was the winner in 18:24. Teammate Colin Riley was second in 18:39. Rounding out the top five were Will Wirkos of LC (18:51), Xander Murray of NM (19:03) and Tyler Hyland of Tyngsboro (19:16). Tyngsboro had the rest of the top 10 with Mo Aldulaimy (19:33), Nolan McMenamy (19:34), Cedric Sow (20:44), Troy Gregoire (20:44) and Roland Slezas (21:03).

Girls cross country

Tyngsboro 26, North Middlesex 30 >> Led by race winner Bella Duarte, who crossed in 21:17, the Tigers nipped North Middlesex. The Tigers had six runners in the top 10 compared to NM’s four. Caitlin Kimball of North Middlesex was second in 22:02. Rounding out the top five were Brylee Betty of Tyngsboro (22:21), Nicole Leblanc of NM (24:13) and Zoe Aster of NM (26:31).

Tyngsboro’s Audrey Mahon and Logan Connery finished in 27:28 and 29:33, respectively, to finish sixth and seventh.

College field hockey

Maine 1, UMass Lowell 0 >> After more than 58 scoreless minutes, the game’s lone goal came on a corner, as UMass Lowell succumbed to America East opponent Maine in a Friday battle.

Both teams are now 7-3. UML falls to 3-1 in America East, while Maine stays unbeaten (3-0) in league play.

Neither side was able to break through the stalwart defense for most of the contest, although the River Hawks took a 13-5 shot advantage. Corners were evenly split at 3-3, but it was the Black Bears’ final set piece that would prove to be the difference in the 59th minute when Chloe Walton dished a short pass to Poppy Lambert for the finish.

“This was exactly the game we anticipated it would be,” said UML head coach Coach Shannon LeBlanc. “It was a great defensive battle with limited opportunities for both sides, and the one team that took care of their final opportunity was going to be the difference maker and that’s what Maine did. I think overall we possessed the ball the best that we’ve possessed it all season. We had the majority of the possession, and just that productivity in the attacking 25 is the final piece that we need to put together.”

The decision closes the River Hawks’ win streak at six games, good for the program’s longest streak since 2012.

Graduate student Jenna Berger (Waterloo, Ontario) paced the home team with five shots in the outing, while junior goalkeeper Eleonore Boekhorst (Bilthoven, Netherlands) registered two saves for UMass Lowell.



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