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Saugus field hockey team nets first victory

Saugus picked up its first win of the season, a 3-1 victory over Revere on the road. Teaghan Arsenault, an eighth-grader, scored the first goal with 22 seconds left in the first quarter. Revere came back and scored with seven seconds left in the first. Jessica Bremberg scored off of a corner in the third with a pass from Grace Fiore. Mia Shawdee scored in the fourth with six minutes left.

“I liked that the girls were getting aggressive in front of the net and it paid off,” Saugus coach Barbara Guarente said. “Confidence wise they now realize that they have the capability to score.”

The game before – on the road against Masconomet (a 3-0 loss) – was the best game of the season, according to the Saugus coach. In the earlier meeting between the teams, Masconomet won, 11-0. The Sachems this time played the Chieftains to a 0-0 tie after one quarter.

“We lost one of our top players at the end of this quarter with a broken finger,” Guarente said.

It was still tied going into the second half. With nine minutes to go in the third, Masconomet scored and again scored in the fourth with 10 minutes to go.

“It was a back-to-back battle,” Guarente said. “The girls implemented everything they have learned… dodging, lifting the ball, cutting, dribbling, sending and shooting on net. It was very impressed with the quality of hockey played.”

Saugus also tied Peabody, 0-0. Saugus tried a new set up on the field, and it seemed to work well with the girls. Sami Sarnacchiaro had a new role on the field and really shined. She played the entire field, keeping the ball in the Peabody end.

Julia Strout also was playing a new position. She was moved from forward to midfield, where she excelled. This will be her new position for the rest of the season.

Saugus had another competitive loss – 1-0 against Marblehead on the road.


Soccer: Saugus jumps to 7-2 after win over St. Mary’s

Saugus took care of St. Mary’s, 6-1, bringing the team to 7-2 on the season. Madi Femino found Shay Sewell for a goal in the first half, and Saugus had its second goal when Natalie Justice on a corner found Shawn Sewell for a header.

The Sachems scored four goals in the second half, by Liliana Hernandez, Shawn Sewell (assisted by captain Femino), Madison Botta and Femino (Botta assist). Botta has 14 goals on the season.

Defenders Layla Manderson and captain Violet Hawley contained St. Mary’s attack. Tori Carter came up big with a couple of saves to keep Saugus in the game early on and throughout.

The match before, Saugus beat Winthrop, 7-0. Shay Sewell had a penalty-kick goal. Shawn Sewell found Botta, and Shay Sewell also got a pass to Botta for a goal. Shay Sewell picked up another assist to Liliana Hernandez (two goals), and Veronica added a goal and two assists. Femino added a goal.

Carter made a few key saves in the back. Hawley and Manderson again came up with huge games on the back line. Hawley played a huge part in the offense, too, moving the ball up with the Sewells.


Saugus golf team eight-graders shine in loss

Eighth-graders John Morello and Conor Lacey were the point-getters in a 64.5-7.5 loss to Danvers. “It was an extremely rainy day with very tough conditions,” Saugus coach John Sievens said. Saugus was missing three players.


Saugus runners help Northeast Metro Tech to wins

The Northeast boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams gave a great effort but came up short against Shawsheen. It was their first away meet, and Shawsheen has a tough course.

Saugus resident Amanda Oliveira was the first runner across the line for Northeast Metro Tech and the third runner overall in a time of 27:08. She was followed closely by her teammates Lizzy Cruz and Julia Ferreira. Saugus resident Annabella Tum was fourth for Northeast and in ninth place overall. Following her was Reina Martino. The sixth Northeast runner to cross the line was Farah Belayachi of Saugus.

The girls’ team topped Whittier, 25-34. The girls’ team was led by freshman Oliveira of Saugus with a time of 24:53. The next three runners to cross the line and score for Northeast were Cruz, Martino and Brianny Muneton. They ran in a tight pack and worked together for the entire race. Rounding out the top seven runners were Ferreira, Belayachi (Saugus) and Annabella Tum (Saugus).

The Northeast boys’ cross-country team ran well at Shawsheen, but they were not able to secure a win. The top seven runners to cross the line for Northeast were Chris Sullivan, Rhys McDowell, Higor Machado, Justin Victoria, Kieran Duffy, Wilder Urrutia and Gio Robles.

The team then topped Whittier, 26-32. The team was led by Machado, McDowell and Victoria. The fourth runner to cross the line for Northeast was Kieran Duffy, and the fifth runner to cross the line was Gino Chiaravalloti of Saugus.

“He was our last scoring runner and his performance helped the team to achieve their first win,” Northeast coach Justin Fitzgerald said.

Saugus resident Kason Imbrogna achieved his best time of the season so far, coming in at 25:42.


Saugus boys’ soccer team nets first win

Guillermo Sepulveda’s club beat Winthrop, 1-0. “They played as a unit on both sides,” the Saugus coach said.

Saugus’ Isaac Cesco had a fraction of a second to kick the ball, and it bounced off the keeper and rolled in on the right side for Saugus’ goal.

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