The Pinkerton Academy girls’ soccer squad had the rest of Division I looking up at it in the standings after nine matches, with the Astro group compiling a 9-0 record up to that point.
The Lady Astros bagged consecutive victories eight and nine last week with defeats of Dover and then the previously-unbeaten Londonderry High Lady Lancers in a much-anticipated Mack Plaque match-up.
The academy bunch drove its season record up to a magnificent 8-0 with a 2-0 blanking of the scuffling Dover High Green Wave in Derry on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
It was the academy squad’s fifth shutout of the season.
The hosts received scores from Nicole Gonya and Courtney Velho, with the assists credited to Nicole Alves and Reanna Romano. PA goalie Sammy Mitchell had to make only one save in her team’s besting of 2-6 Dover.
And last Saturday, Sept. 26 in Derry, Romano potted her team’s lone goal in the hard-fought 1-0 Mack Plaque edging of a Londonderry High crew that stepped into action with an unblemished, 6-0 record.
The first half was scoreless, but the academy squad had thumped nine shots on Londonderry’s standout keeper Jackie Luckhardt while the Lady Lancers managed to put only three on Sammy Mitchell.
Pinkerton potted the only goal it would need to win this match a mere five minutes into the second half when Julia Bousquet set up Romano. She moved the ball to a spot just outside of the box in the Lancers’ zone and hammered a shot into the upper-left corner of the LHS net.
The victorious hosts finished with a 16-8 advantage in shots on net – with keeper Mitchell turning aside all eight LHS blasts – as they upped their season record to 9-0 with Londonderry moving to 6-1.
“Londonderry is one of the top four teams in the state, and we knew it was going to be a 1-0 game. Mack Plaque games always have been 1-0 since I started coaching,” said the Lady Astros’ veteran leader Steve Gundrum.