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October 23, 2012

Area Roundup: Gloucester girls soccer qualifies for state tournament

Girls Soccer

Gloucester 1 Marblehead 1

The Gloucester girls soccer team did not want to go into Friday’s season finale with Saugus needing a point or two to qualify for the state tournament. So the Gloucester girls did something they are not used to doing in Monday’s tilt with Marblehead, play for a point. One point was all Gloucester needed to get into the postseason and that’s exactly what it got in the form of a 1-1 tie on the road against a tough Magicians team.

The tie moves Gloucester’s record to 7-5-3 on the year and gets them into the state tournament for the fourth straight season under head coach Alex White.

“We were playing for the point today,” White said. “You never really want to do that but with two tough games coming up (against Danvers and Saugus) we wanted to secure the bid. That’s the way it goes sometimes and we did what we needed to do, it’s great for the girls, they earned it.”

Senior captain Kali Cook tied the score at 1-1 with 15 minutes to play in the game. Laura Johnson, Elle Wierbicky, Bianca Giacalone and Caroline Greeke also played well for Gloucester.

The Fishermen have been in tournament mode for a while as a slow start left little room for error down the stretch. Since it’s 0-4-2 start Gloucester has gone 7-1-1, the only loss coming against Peabody, who is ranked No. 1 in the state and the nation.

“We started the year a little rough and we had to work for it,” White said. “We had the potential to get back in and we lived up to it. I think these games have prepared us for the tournament both mentally and physically.”

Rockport 2 Manchester Essex 1

The Vikings improve to 5-10-1 with the win over their Cape Ann counterparts, who fall to 2-13-1.

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