WALPOLE – For the second time in three seasons, Natick is taking dwelling the Div. 1 women soccer state title.
It took just a few well timed saves in addition to a pair of first-half tallies and that was greater than sufficient as top-seeded Natick shut out No. 2 Bishop Feehan 2-0 at Walpole High on Saturday.
“It’s been great,” mentioned Redhawks coach Dave Wainwright concerning the second state title in three seasons. “Of course, we accomplished it in 2021 and some of these kids were on that team. Once they got a taste of it, success bred success for these guys and they were hungry to go back and get another one. It’s been a compilation of these kids throughout their careers.”
After 20 minutes of impartial play, Natick (21-1-1) acquired on the board first as junior Megan Mela crossed a cross proper inside the field. Junior Kira Henderson put it into the online because the Redhawks led 1-0 within the twenty first minute.
“We’ve been waiting for (Henderson) to get a goal,” mentioned senior captain Kaiylyn LeBrun concerning the tally. “We’ve been talking about it every single game. She comes close every single game, but she finally finished. And this was the most important one. We are really proud of her.”
Natick added one other tally simply 9 minutes later as junior Cassidy Moriarty related on a header off a nook for junior Kendall Hacker to make it 2-0.
“We’ve played really well all year,” mentioned LeBrun concerning the group’s versatility. “This has been our goal all season. We were pretty much undefeated. We possess well and have intensity. We bring it every single game and that’s what led us here.”
In the second half, Bishop Feehan (20-1-1) saved the stress on and had just a few sturdy possibilities referred to as again for offsides. Sophomore Katie McMahon stood tall and made all three of her saves within the second half to offer Natick the clear sheet.
“Our goalies have been doing that all season long,” Wainwright mentioned about McMahon in addition to Liesl Niedermeyer in web. “Two young sophomores that have emerged throughout the season just to finally find their way. They’ve been fantastic.”