It was one year later, same place, same outcome.
In an early-season battle of undefeated Dual County League Large squads, Acton-Boxborough pulled away with a 10-7 victory over Concord-Carlisle on Friday, April 8 at the CCHS turf field 2.
“Concord-Carlisle is a great team,” said A-B coach Scott Biron, whose team is now 3-0. “They had a lot of seniors. We had to play really tough to beat them.”
The Colonials held a three-goal lead with 7:25 left in the first half before C-C’s Hannah Dudley, a two-time All-America selection, scored twice, cutting the lead to 7-6 at halftime.
Brianna Stout tied the game for the Patriots with 18:42 left in the second half, but A-B’s Julia Neyland helped her team regain the lead with 13:15 remaining. Caroline Loverud and Julia Rowland each added a goal with 7:28 and 3:20 left for the final two-goal margin.
“This is an extremely tough league and you’re going to be challenged week after week,” said C-C coach Paul Morrison. “It’s April. It’s early and we have some work to do.”
C-C (2-1) had two chances to tie the game in the final minute of the first half, but A-B goalie Brenna Keefe (14 saves total) came up with two big saves to allow the Colonials to hold the lead going into the second half.
“Once Emma Kearney got hurt, we just had to win the game,” Keefe said.
Kearney, a sophomore midfielder who has already committed to play for Harvard University, left the game after sustaining a knee injury late in the first half, scoring two goals.
Loverud, Rowland and Neyland scored two each. Megan Barrett and Caroline Maxwell also scored for the Colonials.
Dudley scored three for the Patriots. Kylee Bowen, Grace Andonian and Cassidy Hale scored one each for C-C.