~ Mystic Valley Regional Charter School Sports ~
Junior Reilly Hickey scored four goals for MVRCS at home against Burke High School as the Eagles won, 7-0, in their first playoff match on the 2022 campaign. Following the Burke win, the Eagles fell to Maynard High School (0-1), eliminating them from advancing to the next round.
The Eagles came out of the gate against Burke aggressively, rattling off the first two goals of the match, one each from captain Hickey and freshman Lucia Antonucci. Over the final 25 minutes of the opening half, Hickey and Antonucci each would generate another score with a strong 4-0 lead going into the half. Sophomore center back Bailey DeLeire fired into the net to start the second half, assisted by center back Alice Jones. Jones followed that up with two more assists, both to Hickey, giving the Eagles a 7-0 win. The win was comfortable, as senior goalkeeper Caroline Crowley earned her second consecutive clean sheet.
Advancing to the second round of the MIAA Playoffs, Maynard comfortably controlled the flow of the game for the first half. The first and eventual game winning shot did not come until the 10th minute of the first half of the contest. In the second half of play, the Eagles put pressure on Maynard’s defense, earning multiple corner kicks and free kicks, but couldn’t finish their chances in search of an equalizer. MVRCS was able to muster up more scoring chances, but Maynard stopped them all as the Eagles fell 1-0.
MVRCS finished the regular season ranked #18 out of 90 teams in their division. Hickey led the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) in goals scored for two consecutive seasons, and Antonucci finished #5 in goals scored.