Central Catholic Raiders Girls Soccer '17

Central Catholic stunned in North finals

WOBURN - Westford Academy just needed one shot on goal to stun top-seeded, defending state champion Central Catholic, the No. 5 ranked team in the country by topdrawersoccer.com, in the Division 1 North finals.

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Girls Soccer, 11/11/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central dominates Andover in North Quarterfinals

LAWRENCE - It hardly took any time at all. Central Catholic girls soccer didn't have much difficulty with Andover in its regular season finale, but playing the same team back to back with a nearly two week break can sometimes trip up even the best teams. Perhaps with that in mind, Central senior Elayna Grillakis made sure Andover never had a chance to get in the game, scoring two of her four goals in the opening minutes en route to a 6-2 blowout at home in the Division 1 North quarterfinals. "I'm proud of the fact that we came out early and brought it right to them," said Central coach Casey Grange. "We knew they were going to try and pull the offsides trap so we worked on that for a few days, and Elayna was on her A game today." All four of Grillakis' goals came in the first half, the last of which came on a breakaway in the final seconds before the halftime whistle, providing an exclamation mark on a dominant performance. Freshman Sydney Wnek also scored in the first half to help build up the 5-0 halftime advantage, and senior Caitlin Regan scored four minutes into the second half to finish off the scoring. Andover didn't go down without a fight. The Golden Warriors scored twice in a three minute span midway through the second half, both on corner kicks by Maddie Rhodes. One of the corners was headed in by Jessica Shay, and the other just curled in on its own to give Rhodes the score. By that point, Central had largely turned the game over to its reserves, but the team seemed re-energized after the two quick Andover goals. Central had several near chances to extend its lead, but Andover goalie Izzy Shih had a couple of terrific saves, including one stuffed breakaway that looked like a sure Raider goal. Shih finished with 12 saves before Scarlette Gillette came in to finish the final 15 minutes, and Gillette made one more big save before the final whistle blew. In addition to Grillakis', Wnek's and Regan's goals, Central also got a pair of assists Brooke Hernon, along with helpers from Layal Khartabil, Lizzie Dankert, Bailey Marzec and Grillakis. Goalie Mary Gerard made four saves in the win. Andover finishes its season 10-7-2, while Central Catholic improves to 17-0-1. The Raiders are now riding a 41-game unbeaten streak dating back to the start of last season and will look to continue their run to a second straight state championship in the Division 1 North semifinals against Acton-Boxboro on Wednesday. That game will be played at Cawley Stadium in Lowell starting at 7 p.m.

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Girls Soccer, 11/05/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Raiders unbeaten again

The Central Catholic girls soccer team wrapped up its third consecutive unbeaten season, beating Andover 5-1 to finish 16-0-1. Elayna Grillakis had three goals and two assists, Ashley Raphael had a goal and two assists and Caitlin Regan had a goal to lead the way on offense. The trio has now combined for 80 goals this fall.

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Girls Soccer, 10/24/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Senior Celebration

Seniors had all the goals and all the assists for Central Catholic, which celebrated its Senior Night with a 6-1 win over Haverhill.  Ashley Raphael (2), Elayna Grillakis (2), Caitlin Regan and Sarah Freeman had the Raider goals. Haverhill hung tough, trailing just 2-1 until 18 minutes were left.

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Girls Soccer, 10/21/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars


Central Catholic clinched its third straight MVC Large title and fourth in the last six years with a 4-1 win over Methuen. Ashley Raphael scored twice in the win while Ranger keeper Cori Rizzo stopped 13 shots.

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Girls Soccer, 10/19/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Century Club

Senior Ashley Raphael had the hat trick and Central Catholic thumped Lowell 7-0. Raphael (59-42-101) went over 100 career points. She now trails just former great Ashley Evangelista (103) and senior teammate Elayna Grillakis (132) on the school's all-time scoring list.

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Girls Soccer, 10/12/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Raiders rock

Central Catholic reasserted its dominance atop the MVC, beating North Andover 6-2 on the Knights' home field. Ashley Raphael had four goals and Elayna Grillakis had five assists for the Raiders.

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Girls Soccer, 09/28/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Showdown ends in a tie

The much hped Central Catholic-Strongsville High of Ohio girls soccer showdown lived up to the hype at Central before a packed crowd.

The two played to a 2-2 tie with Central, which is No. 3 in the Top Drawer national rankings, scoring the equalizer with 15 minutes left in the game.

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Girls Soccer, 09/22/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Grillakis new record

Elayna Grillakis scored two goals, giving her a new school record 62 for her career, and Central Catholic walloped Chemsford 7-0. Freshman Sydney Wnek tallied her first career goal. Former record-holder Ashley Evangelista (60 goals), who was a Raider assistant for several years, is going to honor Grillakis Tuesday when the Raiders host Dracut.

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Girls Soccer, 09/16/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Champs start strong

Senior star Elayna Grillakis scored twice to help defending Division 1 state champion Central Catholic earn a 4-2 win over Ludlow in its season-opener. Ashley Raphael and Caitlin Regan also scored for the Raiders.

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Girls Soccer, 09/09/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars