Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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June 28, 2012

Shock are soccer state champs

Andover's Warriors, Attack also part of state tourney

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The seventh-grade Andover Warriors, playing in this tournament for the first time, won their three group matches and their semi-final match by a combined score of 13-1 over Stoughton, Scituate, Athol and Dartmouth. They met Dorchester in the final for a hard-fought, physical match, with each team converting on a penalty kick. The Warriors had several good scoring opportunities but the game winner fell for Dorchester in the second half, following a scramble in the Andover goal mouth.

Over the course of the two championship tournaments, goal keeper Ben Andresen and his defense including Phil Amesoeder, Ethan Borenstein, Logan Bravo, Luc Pakey and Pat Hughes, recorded a remarkable six shut-outs. A platoon of midfielders, including Anjay Shah, dominated possession of the ball.

Warriors' scorers across five matches included Raini Huynh (4), Peter Heckendorn and Jeffrey Hunt (2 each), and Matthew Adams, Jeremy Chan, Santiago Jacome, Hugo Medrano, Tom Rockwell, and Daniel Teplow (1 each). Matthew and Daniel scored with their left feet; Jeffrey and Hugo scored with their heads, while Raini scored his several goals with multiple body parts, according to Head Coach David Heckendorn.

Attack: First MTOC berth

The U 16 Girls Andover Attack qualified for Massachusetts Tournament of Champions after the ninth and 10th grade team played an undefeated regular season and advanced to the Essex County YSA championship tournament. They progressed through the quarter and semi finals there, both with no goals that were scored against them. In the final game, the girls narrowly missed out on a win, but earned the MTOC wildcard spot based on their tournament performance.

The 2012 Andover Attack is the first U16 girls team from the Andover Soccer Association to ever qualify for the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions. The Attack fared well in the quarterfinals and narrowly missed the finals, according to ASA President Bill Souza.

Attack players were Emily Souza, Hannah Ameen, Caitlin Brown, Kailey Cullen, Julia Manty, Brianna Atwood, Farrien Khan, Emily Macdowell, Emily Hespeler, Gabby Goodwin, Grace Perigaut, Nara Norgil, Sarah Vrountas, Laura Morrisette, Monica Nowicki, Natalie Benson and Sabine Gang. Coaches were Bill Souza and Kelly Atwood.

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