By Nick Curcuru
---- — GLOUCESTER — The Gloucester girls soccer team has almost dug itself out of an early season hole.
It took the Fishermen five games to pick up their first win of the season, but ever since they got into the win column they have been rolling.
With Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Lynn English at Magnolia Woods, Gloucester has almost gotten back to the all important .500 mark as its record stands at 4-5-1 with six games to go. Gloucester needs seven points in its final six games to qualify for the state tournament for the fourth year in a row.
According to head coach Alex White, the team hasn’t changed much in terms of style of play over the last five games, the players have just started to click.
“I felt at the beginning of the year we were working hard but nothing was really falling into place,” White said. “We had to get used to playing with a lot of new players in the lineup. There were a lot of holes to fill and we have been able to fill them, it just took a little time to put it together. Now we are starting to work together much better and we are improving every game.”
Gloucester’s improvements were on full display Wednesday as the team was firing on all cylinders dominating Lynn English in every facet of the game.
Offensively Gloucester put relentless pressure on the Lynn English goal thanks to beautiful passing and some nice individual drives to the net.
The Fishermen only scored one goal in the first half on a shot from Tess Benson off a corner kick from Kali Cook in the 27th minute. Gloucester, however, had several other close calls and Lynn English had to feel lucky to be trailing by just a goal.
Lynn English tied the score early in the second half but Gloucester kept plugging away, and unlike the first half it buried its scoring chances.
Elle Wierbicky scored what ended up being the game winning goal shortly after the Bulldogs tied the game when she got room in the box and ripped a shot into the net.
Shortly after Cook gave Gloucester some insurance bending it past the English keeper making it 3-1. Bianca Giacalone added Gloucester’s fourth goal late in the second half to cap the scoring.
White was quick to credit her team’s passing abilities when it comes to
“We’ve been moving the ball a lot better lately,” White said. “When we move the ball we create space and opportunities and that’s what’s been happening lately.”
The Fishermen defense was just as strong bottling up the Bulldogs offense aside from two breakdowns where a Lynn English striker went in all alone on goalie Sabrina Maciel, who split the game with starter Liz McCormack.
Maciel made the stop of the game thwarting a Lynn English breakaway with the score knotted at 1-1. The Gloucester defense took care of the rest, led by sweeper Katie Ciaramitaro, and the Bulldogs did not get another strong scoring chance.
“Our defense has been getting stronger from game to game,” White said. “They are really coming together and have been working well with each other lately. We put a lot of pressure on them and shut them down at times.”
Gloucester now turns its focus to Lynn Classical, Saturday morning’s opponent (10:00 a.m., Manning Field). A win on Saturday will put Gloucester at the .500, right where it needs to be.