By Emily Brennan
Mystic Valley defeated Shawsheen 6-2 Thursday afternoon, their second meeting of the season. With the victory, the Eagles improved to 8-3-1 overall on the season.
The Eagles offense struck first, taking a 1-0 lead only four minutes into the game when senior forward Reilly Hickey scored off a Lucia Antonucci free kick. Mystic Valley took a 2-0 lead just under 15 minutes later when Antonucci scored off an assist from sophomore winger Julia Kearns. Shawsheen battled back hard and scored, putting the pressure on the Lady Eagles to put a stop to the momentum shift. The Eagles decided they weren’t done scoring in the first half as Antonucci found Hickey in the 37th minute of play to put Mystic Valley up 3-1.
In the second half, with a formation change to a 4-5-1, MV focused on possession and connecting passes to take control of the game. Mystic Valley extended the lead to three (4-1) in the 60th minute of play when Hickey scored her third goal of the game, this time assisted by Evie Reynolds. After trailing for most of the match, the Rams made a late game push and scored their second goal of the game in the 70th minute of play. Exactly two minutes later, Mystic Valley netted a fourth goal – coming from Kearns – to put the game out of reach for the Rams. MV would score one again from Hickey, her fourth and final goal of the game.
Emily DeLeire played the entire game in net for the Eagles, making five saves in the win.