Oxford's Gina Manzi and Ashley Martinelli with Bartlett's Karolina Dziemski
Text and photos by Steev Riccardo
WEBSTER – The rivalry in Girls’ soccer between Bartlett and Oxford high schools has certainly risen to new heights these days.
Last season when the two teams met, the Bartlett Indians won a hard fought 3-2 contest. This past Wednesday (September 12) the Pirates got their revenge with a thrilling 4-2 victory.
Central Mass all-star Emily Dawidczyk netted two goals and added two assists, while sophomore Megan Howe scored two goals of her own in the win.
Dawidczyk, aka “The Sweet Assassin,” was able to figure in on all the scoring despite being played aggressively by Indian freshman Anne Marie Markewicz, who drew the challenging assignment.
“It’s very common, it happens every game, it’s frustrating to me, that is not playing soccer, but I’m used to it,” said Dawidczyk, who has nine goals in her first three games.
The Indians’ strategy to contain Dawidczyk was to have Markiewicz follow her everywhere and not leave her side. As daunting of an assignment as it was, the freshman did her job.
“She (Markiewicz) did a pretty good job staying with her and frustrating her, she (Dawidczyk) is obviously a great goal scorer so we wanted to put somebody on her that was defensive-minded and had some speed and she was able to do that,” said Bartlett coach Colleen Nasis. “We didn’t want to take Katie King or Dani Stone and put them on her; that would mean giving up our offensive threats.”
Oxford Dominique Lesieur heads up field.
The Pirates also received a great effort from sophomore goalie Bethanie Keefe, who made the play of the game stopping Dani Stone on a penalty kick that would have given Bartlett a 3-2 lead at the time.
“She has done wonderful for us the last three games, she has kept us in the games,” said Pirates coach Dung Hguyen. “Bethanie is a tough girl, she plays hard. We didn’t plan on having her in goal because she is really good on the field, but we didn’t have a goalie.”
Dawidczyk was also impressed with Keefe’s performance. “She stepped up, she is a great team player, who does what is best for the team.”
Senior co-captain Dominique Lesieur, who came close to scoring a fifth Pirate goal when she blasted a shot that could have put a dent in the top of the goal post in the second half, and fellow co-captain Gina Manzi both played excellent two-way games for the winners
The Pirates are off to their best start at 2-1 in several years and it has everybody pretty pumped up. “It’s been a few years since we have been 2-1 in the first three games, it feels good, it’s enough motivation to keep going and working hard,” said Dawidczyk.
“It’s amazing, we are off to a good start, the kids are playing hard with a lot of heart,” said Hyugen, “We came out and played a lot more physical in the second half, we wanted the game more.”
Despite the loss, the Indians also seem to be improving and saw eighth grader Alyssa Mancini put in a great effort in goal in her first- ever varsity game. “The youth worked in her favor and it’s better that she didn’t know who anyone was,” said Nasis, referring to Dawidczyk.
Jen Grooms and Dani Stone scored the Bartlett goals and both played well in defeat, along with Markewicz.
- Friday, 14 September 2012
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