SCITUATE – No. 3 Hanover was seeking to stay unbeaten and seize back-to-back Div. 3 state titles whereas No. 4 Norwell was itching to additionally repeat a feat of their very own.
Déjà vu goes to the Clippers.
Norwell (23-1-1) is again on high of the rostrum because the Clippers edged the Hawks 1-0 to finish the sweep of Division 3 soccer championships because the boys defeated Pembroke 2-1 in a 5-4 penalty kick shootout moments earlier than the ladies joined the winners circle as effectively.
The victory provides Norwell each titles, which is identical factor that occurred in 2021 for one of many strongest soccer packages alongside the South Shore.
Head coach Kara Connerty was part of title runs in 2021 and now 2023 and defined the uncanniness and uncommon air for every program.
“In 2021, we played three games at home and then on the road afterwards and both teams ended up on the same field for the championships as well,” stated Connerty. “Make it even more exciting, when we pulled into Medway and the boys were losing by one and then they were losing here by one and came back to win on penalty kicks just like 2021. But we didn’t go to overtime this time around and I can’t say enough about the seniors and their leadership,”
Sophomore midfielder Anja Johnson popped in a cross go from freshman Mairin Blake out in entrance of the web within the 57th minute for the lone aim to offer the Norwell ladies their third title in program historical past, the primary coming in 2018.
“I didn’t even know it went in but then I saw everyone celebrating,” stated Johnson because the ball went by a scrum out entrance untouched by the protection. “It’s surreal, (Blake) just kicked it and I tapped it in. It’s crazy this happened in 2021 also so this is just really good for our program.”
Corner kicks have been in favor of Norwell 4-0 and the midfield dominated within the second half limiting the Hawks to 2 probabilities on the web with each coming from far exterior on the wings.
But Hanover has nothing to hold their head on with their final loss coming means again in October 2022 previous to this heartbreaking defeat.
“Things didn’t go our way unfortunately, but if I’m talking about the season as a whole, to go undefeated, the girls did amazing,” stated Hanover head coach Mary Cullity. “These girls are just excellent all-around, five-star athletes, and most if not all of them have GPAs over 4.3 – so I couldn’t be prouder.”
Even extra gasoline for the fireplace was Norwell avenged their solely lack of the season which was on the ft of Hanover (21-1-1) on Sept. 8 in a 1-0 win for the Hawks.
“It is nice, I mean I coached Mary in Pembroke for four years, but it is nice to get back that victory,” stated Connerty. “We have a saying ‘EC’ and that means everybody contributes and that’s what we had today and we are just one big family as a team.”