Mystic Valley Girls’ Soccer Tops Minuteman
The Mystic Valley girls’ soccer team beat Minuteman 2-0 on Friday. The team had goals from Meghan Foley and Teya Nigro. Meghan's was unassisted and Vanessa Kreis assisted on Teya’s. As of the end of the game Meghan Foley is leading the Commonwealth Athletic Conference in scoring with 15 points (8 goals and 7 assists).
The win was the fifth shutout victory of the year for goalie Bryanna Cimetti.
The team will return to action on Thursday when they travel to play Greater Lowell.
Mystic Valley Boys’ Soccer Wins Two
The Mystic Valley boys’ soccer team picked up two more wins against Commonwealth Athletic Conference foes.
The first win came on Friday when they won 4-0 over Minuteman. Maroune el Idrissi led the way on offense scoring two goals. Dino Goranovic added one and had an assist on one of Maroune's goals. The fourth goal was scored by Conner Quinlan who was playing in his first game.
On Tuesday they followed up with a strong game and were able to unlock a stubborn Shawsheen defense in the last 10 minutes of the game for the 2-1 win. The final goal saw three players combining to get the ball across the goal line. Dino Goranovic delivered the corner kick which was headed goalward by Marouane el Idrissi and scored by Michael Carlino with a right footed shot.
Michael Russo-Penta, Timothy Flaherty,Gaetano Panza, Christopher Poulos, Scott Nguyen and Yassine Farhane were outstanding on defense; Julian Ospina, Marouane el Idrissi scored the first goal assisted by John Lopes. Thomas Callanan and Anthony Russo-Penta performed admirably as well.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Knocks Off Bishop Fenwick
After losing the first set 12-25 against non-league opponent Bishop Fenwick, the Mystic Valley Eagles took the next two sets 25-15, 25-20. Heading into the fourth set, Bishop Fenwick came out on fire and the Eagles could not get much going falling behind 20-7. Coach Michele Naughton called her second time out to try and rally the team to get something started. “They were pulling apart and not playing as a team, I needed them to pull together in order to fight back against a tough opponent,” said Naughton. The Eagles lost the next point, but then won the sideout. Senior Shannon Roseen went back to serve with confidence – and served 13 points in a row, 7 of them aces. The team came together to defend Roseen’s serve, digging up hits from the Crusaders and smartly placing their own hits. The Crusaders had the serve at 21-22 the Eagles won the sideout tying it up 22-22 and won the next two points but then the Crusaders won the ball back making it 24-23. The Eagles pulled together and won the last point, winning the set 25-23, taking the match 3 sets to 1.
Roseen also had 14 kills on the night and 2 solo blocks. Senior Setter Jess Phinney had 20 assists on the night and led the team in digs with 8. Phinney surpassed 1,000 career assists in the game which is an impressive feat on par with scoring 1,000 points in basketball.
The Eagles are now 7-1 overall.
Before the varsity game, the JV volleyball team improved to 4-4 on the season defeating Bishop Fenwick 2-0. The girls used an impressive service game to control the match. Setter Brianna Paris led the way, getting multiple kills with quick sets over the net. Kerri Foley had a strong game in the middle with multiple kills and tips for points. Michela Correale had a strong game serving, receiving and hitting and Sarah DeSantis was the best defensive player on the court. Coach Cantwell was proud of the team, crediting a complete team effort in the victory adding: “Anytime you can beat a quality program like Bishop Fenwick, while still making sure each of our 13 players get a chance to play it is a good day”.
Mystic Valley Football Shuts Out Minuteman
The Mystic Valley football team shut out Minuteman on Saturday 40-0. The Eagles were led by Jayden Jean who scored four touchdowns and James LoChirco who scored two. With the win the Eagles are 3-0 for the first time in school history.
Jayden Jean set the tone for the game on the very first play from scrimmage. He went in motion prior to the snap and then took a hand-off from quarterback Devin Pierce and raced 49 yards down the right side of the field for a touchdown. The PAT kick attempt failed but the Eagles were up 6-0 17 seconds into the game. The Eagles did not let up when they took the field to play defense. Defensive back Robbie Cummings promptly got the ball back when he intercepted a Minuteman pass at the Mystic Valley 45 yard line. The Eagles marched down the field and scored another touchdown on a 9 yard James LoChirco run. The PAT attempt failed and the Eagles led 12-0.
Minuteman’s best scoring chance came at the end of the first quarter when they had a first and goal opportunity but the Eagles’ defense stood strong and Mystic Valley took over on downs at their own 1 yard line. The Eagles lined up for the last play of the quarter. Quarterback Devin Pierce dropped back into his own end zone to pass. He found Jayden Jean over the middle. The pass was tipped but Jean showed great concentration and brought the ball down before racing the length of the field for the 99 yard touchdown, the longest play from scrimmage in Mystic Valley history. The PAT attempt failed and the Eagles led 18-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Eagles were not done scoring. At the six minute mark of the second quarter Pierce found Jean wide open in the flat. Jean jogged 36 yards into the end zone for the touchdown. The score was followed by a LoChirco run for the two point conversion running the score to 26-0. Three minutes later the Eagles struck again this time on a LoChirco 47 yard touchdown run that was followed by a PAT kick by Hunter Kreis to run the score to 33-0 at the half.
The Eagles would score once in the third quarter. Jayden Jean took a handoff to the right side of the field and seemed to be bottled up by the defense but bounced his way through several defenders before breaking into the clear for a 70 yard touchdown run. Jean’s four touchdowns in one game is a Mystic Valley record. Hunter Kreis added the PAT kick to make the score 40-0 where it stood for the rest of the game.
In addition to being offensive powerhouses, Jean and LoChirco also had big games on defense. LoChirco brought several Minuteman ball carriers down with hard hits and Jean made several open field tackles.
After the game, Head Coach, Craig Turner, said: “Great win for our kids. Their confidence is building and it's a good thing because as the calendar turns to October we have some very big league games ahead. To start off 1-0 in the league is a huge boost for us. We just have to continue to improve week to week and not get too far ahead of ourselves”.
The Eagles will return to action on Saturday, October 4th at 10:00 when they host St. Joseph’s Prep.
Mystic Valley Cross Country Splits Meet with PMA
The Mystic Valley Varsity cross country teams split their home meet against PMA on Wednesday afternoon.
The boys’ team completed a clean sweep in which they took the top 5 places and won by a score of 15-47. They were led by Senior Patrick McPherson who took 1st place overall with a time of 19:21. He was followed by: Junior Sean Flanagan (2nd place, 20:40); Senior Charif Elmoussaoui (3rd place, 20:41); Senior Tyler Cronin (4th place, 20:43) and Junior Vincent Tham (5th place, 20:45).
The girls’ team lost a close race by a score of 27-28. The girls were led by Senior Vanessa LoChirco who took 1st place overall with a time of 20:44. Junior Karina Hanson, returning from a 2 week injury, came in 2nd place with a time of 21:45.
After the meet, coach Jon Bush said that: “The boys continue to impress as sweeping two meets in a row is a very difficult thing to do against any competition. The girls unfortunately came out on the wrong side of a very tight race but were still in good spirits. It is a long season and there is still room for improvement so I look forward to continuing to do so.”
The team’s next meet is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1st at Pine Banks Park against Minuteman.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Sweeps Greater Lowell
Mystic Valley’s varsity volleyball team continued to roll through its competition winning in 3 straight sets (25-9, 25-23 and 25-11) against league opponent Greater Lowell Tech on Wednesday. All six of Mystic Valley’s wins have come in straight sets!
Senior Shannon Roseen had a standout night. She led the team in aces (29% ace percentage, 6 aces and 2 errors on 14 attempts). She also led the team in kills (48% kill percentage, 15 kills, 4 errors on 31 attempts) and had 4 digs on the night. Senior Camila Silva also had a standout night. She had 3 aces, no errors and 16 attempts on serving (19% ace percentage). She also led the team on serve receive passing a 2.83 out of 3 for the night and had 3 digs on the night. Senior Rachel Hynes led the team with 8 digs for the night and Senior Jess Phinney had 19 assists.
The Eagles’ record currently stands at 6-1 overall, 3-1 conference. They next face Bishop Fenwick at home on Monday, September 29.
Prior to the varsity match, the jv team improved to 3-4 on the season with a 2-0 victory. The girls cruised in the first set 25-14 and were able to hang on and take the second set 27-25 in overtime. Playing well in the victory were junior Kerri Foley, sophomores Sarah DeSantis and Emily Nguyen, freshman Brianna Paris and 8th grader Michela Correale. 8th grader Brianna Nogueira came on to serve out the first set. Also playing well were sophomores Julia Powers and Danielle Daley and freshman Jordan Jackson. The girls get back into action Monday, hosting Bishop Fenwick at 4PM.
Mystic Valley Soccer Picks Up Two Wins
The Mystic Valley boys’ soccer team bounced back from a tough loss last week at Greater Lowell to win 3-0 over Essex Tech on Tuesday. Gaetano Panza made several key blocks on defense and managed to score a goal on offense. Scott Nguyen also found the back of the net for the Eagles. John Lopes and Michael Carlino protected and distributed the ball well; Josh Silva, Gianluca Panza, Thomas Callanan and John Carlino gave a lesson in transitioning from defense to offence with a display of good passing. Michael Russo-Penta played well in the net picking up the shutout win.
The win comes on the heels of a 4-0 win over Everett for the girls’ team on Monday. Sam Rizzo had a great game scoring 3 goals in the first half. Vanessa Kreis added one in the second half for insurance. Bryanna Cimetti had 3 saves for her 4th shutout on the season. The win moves the girls’ record to 4-3-1 on the season.
Mystic Valley Football Wins to Go 2-0 for First Time
The Mystic Valley Eagles secured a huge win on the road Saturday against previously unbeaten Bellingham High School 27-19. The Eagles improved to 2-0 on the season. The 2-0 start is the best start in school history and earned them a number two ranking in the Sunday Boston Globe ranking of Division Six teams.
Mystic Valley received the opening kick-off and promptly marched down the field to take an early 7-0 lead on a touchdown run by senior QB Devin Pierce. Bellingham answered right back to score six showing a punishing running game that the Eagles struggled to corral. Their PAT kick sailed wide right to give the Eagles the 7-6 lead after one.
In the second quarter both teams continued their offensive success. The Eagles got moving thanks to great drive saving catches by Trevor Bonaccorsi and Jack Ryan. Sophomore James LoChirco ran it in from 9 yards out and a Pierce to Ryan 2 point play made the score 15-6. Bellingham quickly answered with a time consuming, punishing drive that ended with another TD. The two point try was good and the score was 15-14 Eagles.
After a stalled Eagles drive and punt Bellingham got right back to work, however, this time the Eagles’ defense stiffened inside their own 10 yard line and Bellingham was held to a 26 yard field goal as the half expired leaving the Eagles trailing Bellingham 17-15.
The third quarter would see both teams trade multiple possessions as both defenses made excellent adjustments and turned a shootout into a defensive slugfest. After another Eagles stop on defense the Bellingham punter pinned the Eagles inside their own 1 yard line and on second down the Bellingham defense swarmed on the Eagles for a safety and a 19-15 lead.
The Eagles never wavered and continued to battle as they got stop after stop defensively in the fourth quarter including a great forced fumble and recovery by Bonaccorsi.
The Eagles found their offensive stride with just under seven minutes left when Pierce hit Captain Robbie Cummings down the sideline for 20 yard touchdown to give the Eagles a 21-19 lead.
Bellingham would not go quietly as they drove down into Mystic Valley territory until they faced a 4th and 6 and the Eagles got a huge stop from a flock of Eagle defenders including Cummings, LoChirco, Billy Callinan and Sydney Guerrier. On the first play from scrimmage following the stop Jayden Jean took a hand-off 40 yards down the right sideline. Runs by Pierce, LoChirco and Joey LoRusso continued to push the Eagles deep into Bellingham territory and James LoChirco iced the game from 3 yards out to put the Eagles on top for good 27-19.
"I'm just so proud of these kids right now" said Coach Craig Turner post game "We talk all the time about sticking together and responding to adversity and these kids never showed an ounce of doubt in what we were going to do." Turner raved about the job his defense did in the second half "Our D-Coordinator Ernie Ardolino was just magnificent tonight, the job he and the defense did in the second half won us that ball game." When asked about the impact a win like this against an opponent from a higher division would have on his team Turner said "This was a huge win for our program, to go into a hostile environment like this after an hour plus bus ride and against a very good 2-0 Bellingham team shows this teams’ potential. There is plenty of room to improve, but we're certainly going to enjoy this one for a day at least."
The Eagles return to action Saturday at 5:00 for their home opener against Minuteman.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Beats Austin Prep
Mystic Valley’s volleyball team beat Austin Prep won in three sets at home on Thursday. All of the Eagles’ five wins have been 3-0!
The Eagles found their groove and were on fire from the first serve to the last point. The team combined for a 94.5% serve percentage, and a 20% ace percentage. The team also combined for a 52.5% kill percentage and a 42% hitting percentage. “Overall it was an amazing team effort” said coach Michele Naughton.
Shannon Roseen had a standout performance leading the team in kill percentage (71%) and ace percentage (50%). Roseen had 15 kills on 21 attempts and only 1 error. She served 4 aces in a row, only had 1 error, on 8 attempts. Roseen also had 4 digs and an assist block for the match. Paulina Petras was also on fire at the net with a 67% kill percentage (8 kills on 12 attempts, 1 error) and a solo block. Jess Phinney had 26 assists on the night, an 83% serving percentage, and 4 digs.
The Eagles are currently 5-1 overall. They next face off at Greater Lowell on Wednesday, September 24.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Beats Greater Lawrence
The Mystic Valley Eagles’ volleyball team beat conference opponent Greater Lawrence Technical in three straight sets (25-10, 25-14, 25-13) on Tuesday. The Eagles served tough throughout the match - they combined for a serving percentage of 90.3% and a 19.4% ace percentage.
Mairin King had a standout performance for the night - she had 7 kills on 10 attempts with only 1 error (70% kill percentage and 50% hitting percentage), she had an assist, 3 digs, and was perfect on serving for the night with 2 aces on 11 attempts and no errors (18% ace percentage). She also led the team on serve receive, passing 2.33 (out of 3) and had a solo block. Shannon Roseen was on fire at the net with an 87% kill percentage and 75% hitting percentage (7 kills, 1 error, on 8 attempts) and racked up 2 solo blocks for the match. Bailey Chiccuarelli led the team in digs with 6 for the match, followed by Roseen with 5.
The Eagles are currently 4-1 overall, and 2-1 in league play. They next face Austin Prep at home on Thursday, September 18.
Prior to the varsity game the jv team lost 2-1, winning the first set 25-23 before losing the second and third. After the game coach Jay Cantwell gave credit to Brianna Paris and Sarah DeSantis who each played well in the game.
Mystic Valley Volleyball Tops Marblehead
Mystic Valley’s volleyball team won in three straight again this time at home against Marblehead. The Eagles won by set scores of: 25-14, 25-8 and 26-24. The Eagles serves were on fire throughout the contest. The team only missed 4 serves throughout the entire match! The team combined for a 95% serve percentage and a 13.5 ace percentage.
Shannon Roseen led the team with 5 aces on 14 attempts with no errors (35.7% ace percentage). Shannon also had a 40% kill percentage, with no hitting errors on the night. Paulina Petras led the team with 9 kills on the night, no hitting errors on 23 attempts (39% kill percentage) and had 2 solo blocks. Mairin King found her blocking stride with 3 solo blocks and an assist block on the night. Bailey Chiccurelli led the team with 6 digs, followed by Camila Silva with 5. Jess Phinney had 10 assists on the night, 3 digs, and served 22 points for the Eagles.
The Eagles are currently 3-1 overall.
Mystic Valley Soccer Beats Greater Lawrence
The Mystic Valley boys’ soccer team notched its first win of the season beating Greater Lawrence 2-0 on Thursday.
Marouane Missbah el Idrissi led the way scoring two goals for the Eagles. Michael Russo-Penta assisted on the first goal with a punt up-field as Missbah el Idrissi made his run into the opponents 18 yards box collected the ball and scored. Gianluca Panza assisted on the second goal with a deft pass on the edge of the 18 yards box; Missbah el Idrissi collected the pass and placed his shot just wide of the on rushing goalkeeper into the net for his second of the match.
The Eagles had several opportunities to add to the lead but could not manage to convert. After the game coach Jean Dupont was very pleased stating that it was a “great match and solid performances all around.”
Mystic Valley Volleyball Sweeps PMA
Both of Mystic Valley’s volleyball teams picked up wins over conference opponent PMA on Thursday.
The varsity won in three sets. The Eagles found their hitting groove with a team kill percentage of 49% and a team hitting percentage of 38%. Shannon Roseen led the team with 12 kills on 23 attempts (52% kill percentage, 30% hit percentage), followed by Paulina Petras who had 5 kills on 16 attempts (31% kill percentage, 25% hit percentage). Bailey Chiccuuarelli and Jess Phinney each had a perfect serving record on the night. Mairin King served 16 straight points in the third set with 4 aces (32% ace percentage for the match and 96% serve percentage for the match). Mairin also had a kill percentage of 40% with no hitting errors and led the team on serve-receive. Rachel Hynes led the team with 9 digs and Jess Phinney had 16 assists.
The jv team won 2-0 (25-21 and 25-15) to improve to 2-1 on the season.
Two Ties for Mystic Valley Soccer
The Mystic Valley soccer teams each picked up a point in the standings as they played to a tie on Tuesday.
The girls played Notre Dame to a 0-0 tie. After the game coach Mike Kenney said that “The girls played extremely well but just couldn't find the back of the net. They dominated possession throughout the game and outshot Notre Dame 26-7. They did an awesome job controlling the flow of play. Meghan Foley was everywhere as usual. Sophie Antonucci was a beast on defense and Bryanna Cimetti had 7 saves recording her second shutout in three games. She currently owns a .667 goals against average”.
The boys game against Northeast ended tied 2-2. The Eagles fell behind twice in the first half of play but managed to tie the game up each time. Scott Nguyen scored directly from a corner kick and Dino Goranovic tied the game with a direct free kick taken from outside the 18 yard box. Christopher Poulos and fellow center back Gaetano Panza gave a solid account of themselves defensively. Michael Russo-Penta was again outstanding in net.
Mystic Valley Sports Start Strong
The Mystic Valley fall sports season started out strong on Thursday as both the varsity volleyball and girls soccer teams posted wins in their openers.
The varsity volleyball beat Lowell High School in three straight 25-17 25-15 25-16. Mairin King was the standout on offense and the most consistent passer and server throughout the match. Paulina Petras was a standout at the net with one solo block and 6 kills. Prior to the varsity game the JV lost 25-11, 25-11.
The girls’ soccer team had an impressive debut shutting out Northeast Regional 5-0. Meghan Foley led the way as she scored 4 straight goals for the Eagles after Karen Mortimer got the first goal of the year off a 30 yard free kick. Bryanna Cimetti picked up the shut out in the goal.
Mystic Valley Football Upsets St. Clement
The Mystic Valley Eagles football team may have opened some eyes on Saturday afternoon at a very steamy Hormel Stadium when they knocked off the defending Division 6 North Champion St. Clement 33-26. St. Clement, opened the season ranked #2 in the Boston Herald’s Division 6 North rankings, gave the Eagles all they could handle, but in the end the Eagles made just a few more plays.
The Eagles were led by a dominating performance by their offensive line who paved the way for 258 yards rushing by the team overall. Leading the way in the backfield for the Eagles was Sophomore James LoChirco who tallied 170 yards and 2 TD’s on 19 carries. Senior QB Devin Pierce chipped in with an 8 yard TD run and Sophomore Joey LoRusso also had a touchdown.
The game was put away for good when freshman Philippe Guerrier picked off a pass late in the 4th quarter and returned it 30 yards for the score to put the Eagles ahead for good 33-20. St. Clement would add a late touchdown to make the final score 33-26.
Mystic Valley will return to action on Saturday September 20th at 6 pm at Bellingham High School.
Mystic Valley JV Volleyball beats Notre Dame
The JV Volleyball team got its first win of the season, defeating Notre Dame Academy of Tyngsboro 2-1 on Friday afternoon. The girls were led by freshman setter Brianna Paris, sophomores Sarah DeSantis, Ashley Matorana, Juniors Amanda McInerny, Kerri Foley and 8th Grader Michaela Correale.
Coach Cantwell was pleased with the win, adding “It was a very good win against a team we have never been able to beat in the 4 years I have been coaching the JV Volleyball team. Everyone played and everyone contributed”.
The girls return to action Thursday, 4PM against PMA- Methuen.