Three Andover Soccer Association youth soccer teams played this past weekend in the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions, the annual state competition that ends the youth soccer season.
Shock penalty kick earns state championship
The eighth-grade Andover Shock won the Girls Division I trophy, after making the semi-finals each of the previous two years. Having stormed through their group-stage matches and the semi-finals, the Shock found themselves down 3-0 to an inspired Franklin team- yet managed to claw all the way back to tie the score, and then win on a penalty kick in the last five seconds of regulation time.
Just 2 minutes into the game, Franklin scored their first goal, and at 5 minutes in, the second. Their third goal at 25 minutes in would have had most spectators and players believing this dream run was over for the Shock. But the girls dug deep, and within 30 minutes, they rallied to tie the game. The team was set to go into overtime, with the score at 3-3 and just 30 seconds to go. A blatant hand ball in the Franklin box resulted in a penalty kick and the final goal for Andover, securing the championship win. This finish culminates an historic run of three Essex County Championships, a record of 72-5-1, and the first Andover Girls Division 1 state championship.
Players are Veronica Alois, Amy Bordogna, Wyllie Boughton, Jenna Davison, Grace Dever, Haley Driscoll, Tory Edwards, Meaghan Farrell, Brianna Knight, Erin Logee, Rachel Major, Emily O'Hara, Olivia Papapetros, Rafia Rehman, Isabelle Russo, Sophia Sherman, Caroline Shipley and Meredith Van Antwerp.
The team was led by Head Coach Nathaniel Boughton and Assistant Coaches Bailey Boughton, Ingrid O'Hara and David Sherman.
The Andover Soccer Association's U-14 Boys Warriors were runners-up at this past weekend's Massachusetts Tournament of Champions.