Monday evening Groton-Dunstable defeated the defending 2011 girls' soccer state champion Auburn Rockets 1-nil in a dramatic double overtime thriller. Senior standout Dani Kenney had a chance for a set-piece from about 28-yards out with 8:51 remaining in the match. Kenney connected with a perfect strike and found Lindsay Werner who deposited it in the back of the net for the game winner.
Upon speaking with the Groton-Dunstable team at the conclusion of Monday's game, you would not think you were talking with a 14-seed. The Lady Crusaders do not believe that the win against Auburn was luck, but something they have been doing under the radar all season.
Groton-Dunstable has played the majority of their regular season slate against Division 1 opponents, thus resulting in a 8-8-1 regular season mark. The Lady Crusaders finished the regular season on a 5-1-1 tear, and earned their way into the district field by recording a draw with Marlboro.
Groton-Dunstable will face Northbridge tomorrow at Lunenburg High School in the semifinals of the Division 2 CMass. District Tournament. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Clinton as part of a double-header with the Groton-Dunstable boys, but was moved to Lunenburg due to inclement weather. It will be a triple header of Groton-Dunstable athletics, with the boys team facing Millbury in the Semifinals and the football team playing Lunenburg at 7 p.m.
The Groton-Dunstable girls' are lead in scoring by Brittany Belanger and Kenney. Belanger has struck for goal nine times for the Lady Crusaders, and has four assists. Kenney is second on the team in scoring with six goals and six assists. None larger than the one she had in Monday night's game with Auburn.
Senior goalkeeper Kaylin Rekos has 46 saves on the season in 18 games for the Lady Crusaders with a goal against average of 1.20.
Northbridge is the top-seed in the Division 2 CMass. Tournament field with a 15-1-3 record. The Rams made easy work of Tyngsborough in the quarterfinals, stampeding past them 4-0. It is clear that the player the Lady Crusaders must shut down Friday is Brittany Boucher. Boucher knocked in all four goals for Northbridge on Monday night, and she leads the team in scoring with 24-goals and six assists.
Nikki Zuidema has allowed 13 goals in 17.5 games for the Rams between the pipes this season equating to a miniscule 0.74 goals against average. Friday's meeting will be the first between the Rams and Lady Crusaders this season.