Samantha Murray saved the game on several occasions. It’s only right she came away with the final stop.
Murray’s heroics in penalty kicks secured No. 2 Medway’s 2-1 victory over No. 5 Notre Dame in the Division 2 South championship game yesterday in Taunton.
“I knew Sam was going to make one save,” Mustangs coach Jason Rojee said. “(She’s) probably the best goalie to come through this town and I got her back for one more year, which is awesome.”
Medway (17-2-2) came out fiery in the second half and it paid off in the 52nd minute when Audrey Cobb threaded two defenders, allowing Meg Downing to finish a one-on-one with the keeper for a 1-0 lead.
Minutes later, the Cougars (15-5-2) stormed back when Emma Tucker flicked a low pass on net, guiding the shot out of the reach of Murray for the equalizer. Despite an increase in shots for both teams, neither could convert again, sending the game to overtime where the trend continued.
In penalty kicks, Medway nailed all five chances before Murray sent her team to the next round, diving to her left to stonewall the shot from Olivia Mucci.
“It’s our third state championship (game) in a row. It’s time to come home with a win,” Rojee said of the impending match against North champ Danvers.
Westford Academy 2, King Philip 1 — Katherine Pawlak’s goal in the 64th minute punched the Grey Ghosts’ ticket to their first state final appearance with a win against the Warriors in Brockton.
“I love that it happened with this group because they’ve been working hard for three and four years,” said Westford coach Tracy Capone, whose Grey Ghosts will face Wachusett on Saturday in the state final. “They’ve wanted it and the work ethic is there (with) the desire and heart. All the pieces of the puzzle are there.”
Westford (17-1-2) struck first in the 26th minute when Alexandria Giovino scored from the top of the box.
KP (20-2-2) answered a minute before halftime when Emma Corcoran’s corner found Avery Snead, who headed the ball home to level the score.
The Grey Ghosts remained unfazed and went ahead for good when Mary Cadogan found Pawlak wide open in front of the net for her second consecutive game-winning goal.
“It’s really fun to share these moments with my team,” Pawlak said. “We always said when we were little that we really want to make it to the championship.”
Archbishop Williams 3, Newburyport 2 — For the first time in program history, Archbishop…