Central Catholic Raiders Girls Soccer '14

Central stumbles in semis

LYNN — According to the Division 1 North soccer pairings Central Catholic went just as deep into the postseason as anticipated when the seventh-seeded Raiders dropped yesterday's quarterfinal match to third-seeded Lincoln-Sudbury 1-0 at Manning Field.

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Girls Soccer, 11/11/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Fast start


Jenna Martin scored 36 seconds into the game and Central Catholic scored four times in the first half in an easy 5-1 victory over Medford in the first round of the Division 1 girls soccer tournament.The Raiders will be at powerful Peabody Wednesday.

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Girls Soccer, 11/03/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

North Andover 2, Central Catholic 0

NORTH ANDOVER — North Andover freshman Mary O'Connor recently earned a promotion from JV to varsity when Maura Barry tore her ACL. The rookie made quite an impression Tuesday in just her third varsity game. O'Connor scored the game's first goal and assisted the other goal by Katie Blackshaw to lead North Andover to a 2-0 victory over Central Catholic. "I think Maura cheered the loudest of anyone when Mary scored that goal," North Andover coach Lisa Rasanen said. "She's mentored her over the past two weeks."
With the win, the Scarlet Knights not only avenged a 3-1 road loss to the Raiders on Oct. 7. But they also claimed the MVC Large title outright. Rasanen said Barry cheering on O'Connor so loudly exemplifies what's best about this year's group of Scarlet Knights: they are a true team. "Nobody is worried about how many minutes they play but only what the outcome is: whether we win," Rasanen said. "Mary can go out there and play with confidence because her teammates believe in her." This has been quite the turnaround for North Andover, which improved its record to 14-2-2 heading into the tournament. Complete Eagle-Tribune records go back through 1989 and last year's 7-9-3 record was the Knights' first losing season in that span. Rasanen told the girls before the season they had ample talent and they could be a terrific team if they worked hard and together.
Rasanen hasn't used the same lineup each game. She goes with different players depending on how they practice. "Collectively, they have great chemistry," said Rasanen, a former North Andover and Merrimack College great who took over as head coach last year after being the JV coach from 2001-12. She said this year's group has the most chemistry of any she has seen at her time at North Andover. Meg Collins has had quite the season and her success continued with 12 saves in Tuesday's victory. Collins has done a tremendous job leading vocally with two freshmen on defense.


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Girls Soccer, 10/28/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Wiggins continues to dominate

Alli Wiggins continued to pour in the goals. She had two more in Central Catholic's 3-1 victory over North Andover. 

This was quite a MVC battle as both teams entered with just one loss. 

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Girls Soccer, 10/07/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Wiggins reaches 100 career points

Alli Wiggins scored two goals, her first coming 13 seconds into the contest. The senior reached the 100-point plateau for her varsity career and led Central Catholic 3-0 over Dracut in girls soccer. 

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Girls Soccer, 10/02/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Light years ahead

The Central Catholic girls soccer team played its first ever night game on its new home field and whipped Billerica 4-0. Freshman Ashley Raphael scored her first career goal and fellow frosh Elayna Grillakis also scored.

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Girls Soccer, 09/30/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central ties Andover


In a Saturday night girls soccer showdown, Central Catholic scored in the second half to tie up Andover 1-1. Alli Wiggins scored for the Raiders after Veronica Alois scored in the first half for the Warriors.

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Girls Soccer, 09/20/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central squeezes by Methuen

Grace Quaratiello scored the game's lone goal on an assist from Alli Wiggins 25 minutes into the second half to lead Central Catholic 1-0 over Methuen in girls soccer. 

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Girls Soccer, 09/18/14 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars