After earning the crown as best team in Lynn, the Mary’s High School girls soccer team is off to pursue other major titles this fall.
Head coach Jim Foley’s Spartans defeated Classical, 4-1, and English, 5-0 to claim the championship trophy in the Lynn City Soccer Tournament.
Tournament MVP Maggie Carey, Michaela St. Cyr, Chandler Capozzi, Carol DiMaiti, and Jennie Mucciarone scored goals in the title game Saturday at Manning Field.
Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Donnolly, who played well in last year’s State Tournament on the way to the North final, looks primed to backbone a solid St. Mary’s defensive corps.
“It feels good to win the Lynn City Tournament,” said Foley. “The girls put in a lot of work in the off season and did the best they could. After we lost in the North final last year, they realized what we needed to do to get back there and they worked hard in the off-season. I think it’s paying dividends right now.”
St. Mary’s always has high expectations and the 2012 season is no exception.
“We’re one of the better teams in Division 3 – but [defending North champion] Georgetown is still Georgetown and we want to compete with them and Lynnfield in the division,” said Foley.
Carey, the Spartans’ center midfielder from Swampscott, was a deserving choice for MVP. “Maggie did a great job controlling the middle of the field.”
Chandler Capozzi was a standout in both games and drew MVP consideration.
Mucciarone (“A fantastic forward,” says Foley) had an impressive start to the season. Freshman Taylor Capozzi, who scored a goal in her first varsity game, sophomore Sophia Holmes, and junior speedster Carol DiMaiti also provide speed and skill in the offensive attack.
“I think we have a lot more firepower this year,” said Foley. “We can score goals.”
Senior sweeper Taylor Cash, junior stopper Suzanne Haefner, senior Victoria Viger and junior Amanda Donahoe drew praise from Foley for their excellent work on defense.
Foley expressed confidence in the goalkeeping of Donnolly, who succeeds All-Star Bailey Bruckmann, now a freshman at Northeastern, in the key position.
“Katie came in to the quarterfinals of the State Tournament and did a phenomenal job and got us to the North final,” said Foley. “She’s going to do a good job this season.”
In addition to Capozzi, the talented younger sister of captain Chandler Capozzi, other freshmen who should make strong contributions include Kaylin Deschenes, Gianna Moschella and goalkeeper Samantha Callahan.