AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn High School field hockey and girls’ soccer teams both pitched shutouts at the Homecoming celebration on Saturday, which was combined with the town’s Fall Festival for the first time.
Field Hockey Improves to 15-1-2
The field hockey squad dominated Tantasqua, 4-0, in the Rockets’ final regular season game. After losing for the first time all year on Monday, Auburn has responded with two impressive shutouts.
Mary Grace Judge started the scoring Saturday for the Rockets. Her goal in the beginning of the first half was assisted by Paige LaPearl. Then at the end of the half, Jaime McNamara extended the lead to 2-0 as Jordan Lavallee dished out the assist.
McNamara struck again, with Jackie Matthews providing the assist. Auburn finished its scoring with six minutes left as Matthews tallied a goal with Judge assisting.
“Erin Collins was outstanding on defense,” said head coach Bethann Cormier. “Lyndsey Gabrielian on the left wing had a great game, and those are people who didn’t get in the book as far as scoring, but they’re making plays, which is exciting.”
Cormier, who thinks the first playoff game will be Wednesday, said the team needs to take the playoffs “one game at a time.”
“At this point, it’s 99 percent from the neck up,” Cormier said. “They’ve learned all that they can learn, and now it’s just ‘what do you got.’ ”
Girls’ Soccer Wins Tough Battle, 2-0
After hitting a bump in the road last week, ending its unbeaten streak that stretched back to November 2010, the girls’ soccer squad has started anew with its second straight win Saturday. The team is now 11-2-4 after beating Tantasqua, 2-0.
Samantha Moreau scored her first varsity goal in the win. Erin Scanlon was credited for that assist in the first half. Then, in the second half, Kayla Almstrom extended the lead with a goal, which was assisted by Tori Richard.
Head coach Larry Midura said he always feels tentative heading into the playoffs.
“No matter what team you’re bringing in, I always feel that,” he said. “If you have one bad game, then see you later, have a good day. It’s going to be tough.”
Boys’ Soccer Falls at Homecoming
The boys’ soccer team ended its season with a 3-0 loss to Tantasqua on Saturday. While the season ended before the playoffs began, first-year head coach Christopher Bailey called it a “building block.”
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Bailey said. “Hopefully the kids will get in the gym, get in the weight room and continue to work hard over the next nine months, because that’s what it’s going to take.
“My only regret is I wish I had a few years to work with the seniors who are gone, because it is a great group of kids,” Bailey added. “It just didn’t feel like we had enough time.”