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Page Created By: Kimberly Magee Date : 10/3/2018

JVA Team Roster


No.

Name

Yr.

Pos.

18

Katie Butts

So.

M

25

Sofia Congram

So.

B

11

Kelly Costello

Jr.

B

24

Annie Creamer

So.

M

15

Sarah Creamer

Fr.

M

5

Becca Dibble

Fr.

B

7

Chelsea Emde-Gerdine

Fr.

B

13

Celia Flory

Jr.

M

14

Aliya Hosford

Jr.

B

19

Anna Jasinski

So.

B

10

Hazel Johnstone

Fr.

M/F

16

Amelia Karle

Jr.

M

23

Emma McCollum

Fr.

M

26

Kira Moran

Fr.

M

6

Lucy Morris

Fr.

M

8

Katherine Quinlin

So.

M/F

2

Grace Sampson

So.

F

27

Amy Sepucha

Fr.

B/M

00

Skylar Smith

Fr.

GK

12

Susannah Snell

Fr.

F

9

Katharine Stevens

So.

M

29

Cecily Torres

Fr.

B/M


Season Updates

In some cases, a 12-0-4 record would speak for itself, but in the case of the 2018 JVA team, it does not tell the whole story of this talented squad and the energy with which it played. Over the course of 16 games, CC gave up only 7 goals. Sky Smith and Sophie Emde-Gerdine combined for nine shut outs, and at one point mid-season, played 470 minutes of soccer without conceding a goal. The center-back tandem of Kelly Costello and Sofia Congram, as well as outside backs Becca Dibble, Chelsea Emde-Gerdine, Aliya Hosford, Anna Jasinski, and Amy Sepucha, also deserve recognition for that extraordinary accomplishment.

On the other end of the pitch, CC scored 60 goals in sixteen games. CC twice scored off the kick-off. On the first, CC maintained possession for the first minute of the game, completing eight passes, before finding Katherine Quinlan at the top of the box, who blasted home the shot into the upper right corner. On the second occasion, CC took the second half kick off straight down the pitch, where Amelia Karle crossed the ball from right to left to Kira Moran, who calmly netted the goal with only 12 seconds off the clock. 

Perhaps CC greatest strength was it's balanced attack.
 Seventeen different players found the back of the net and 13 players tallied at least one assist. Gracie Sampson led the team in goals (10) and points (25p; 10g, 5a), but contributions came from a multitude of players. Freshman Emma McCollum used consistent play in the midfield to lead CC in assists (6), to go along with 5 goals (16p; 5g, 6a). McCollum tallied at least one point in nine of the twelve games in which she played. Freshman Hazel Johnstone was the second-leading scorer with seven goals (18p; 7g, 4a) on the season. If soccer kept statistics like hockey, no doubt Hazel would have doubled that point total with "hockey assists." Sarah Creamer (12p; 4g, 4a), Kira Moran (15p; 6g, 3a), Susannah Snell (12p; 6g), and Cecily Torres (10p; 4g, 2a), also freshmen, rounded out the double-digit scorers. In what may be the strongest evidence of the balance of the CC offense, Sofia Congram, a center-back, added five assists and outside back Amy Sepucha was one of four players with four. With talent, grit, and passion throughout the JVA roster, the future of CC Soccer is bright!

The team "MVP" award for the 2018 season goes to the parent fan club. Beyond the rides, psyche dinners, laundry, and love, there is no doubt that the JVA parents were the loudest, toughest, and most committed fan group in the league this year. Many thanks in particular to the crews that endured extreme heat in the opening game vs. Bedford, withstood the monsoon as we took on Waltham, traveled to Westford (the second time) to support the comeback bid, and volunteered, encouraged, and cheered at Kicks for Cancer. Your support was heard, appreciated, and provided much energy and enthusiasm to the team. Thank you!

JVA Wraps Up Undefeated Season

On Sunday 10/28, the JVA team put the finishing touches on an undefeated season, tying Lincoln Sudbury 1-1 to conclude the year at 12-0-4. After a scoreless first half with much back-and-forth action in the midfield, CC found the back of the net to start the second half. Sofia Congram's free kick from half-field fell to Sarah Creamer, who blasted a shot into the roof of the net from just inside the eighteen. Unfortunately, CC couldn't hold the lead. At the 65' mark, LS evened the score on a nice cross through the CC area that an LS forward finished just inside the far post. CC keeper Sky Smith came up big in the remaining minutes as LS pressed for the win. CC had a chance at the go-ahead goal in the waning minutes, as Hazel Johnstone drove the length of the field to create a nice opportunity in the box, but CC couldn't put it away.

On Friday 10/19, CC traveled to Millennium Field in West Roxbury to take on Boston Latin. CC jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half off goals by Hazel Johnstone and Sarah Creamer. Early in the second half, Gracie Sampson pushed CC to a 3-0 lead, and Sarah Creamer added her second goal of the game to give CC a commanding advantage. The team had some fun playing out of position and working to create chances for different players throughout the remainder of the contest. Despite not adding to the goal tally, CC was satisfied with the effort and the result. Sofia Congram earned two assists. Aliya Hosford added one.

On Tuesday 10/25 CC traveled to Westford to take on the Grey Ghosts. Ten minutes in to the game, Westford scored on a CC miscue to take a 1-0 lead. Unfortunately for the Patriots, CC would have to sit with that deficit for a few days, as the game was called shortly thereafter due to lightning. CC returned to Westford on Friday to finish the contest. Despite multiple opportunities, CC struggled to find the back of the net. Late in the second half, Hazel Johnstone broke free down the left sideline and was able to turn the corner at the end line. She deftly slotted a pass by the Westford keeper to Gracie Sampson, who had gotten free in the box. Sampson finished the chance to give CC the well-earned tie.

On Thursday 10/27, CC took on Acton Boxborough and again earned a 1-1 tie. CC took the lead late in the first half when Katie Butts picked up a loose ball just outside the eighteen. Butts' powerful shot found the back of the net just beyond the outstretched hands of the AB keeper and into the upper left corner. As the wind picked up and the temperatures dropped, CC struggled to keep possession and generate scoring opportunities. AB evened the score in the second half when an AB player got loose in the six-yard box and slotted a well-placed shot past CC keeper Sky Smith. Neither team was able to generate much on goal in the waning minutes, and both would have to settle for the 1-1 tie.



JVA Wins Two, Ties One
On Thursday 10/11, braving heavy rain, strong wind, and surprisingly cold temperatures, the intrepid JVA team defeated Waltham 7-0.  Gracie Sampson got things started midway through the first half off a pass from Emma McCollum. Cecily Torres and Kira Moran also got in on the scoring before Sampson added a second goal to send CC into the half up 4-0. The team kept the pressure on in the second half, with multiple players getting opportunities to join the offensive attack. Susannah Snell opened the half with well placed shot off a rebound. Amy Sepucha contributed two assists, both perfect crosses from the left-side. Amelia Karle finished the first, while Anna Jasinski found the back on the net on the second for her first goal of the season. MVP of the contest goes to the parents who braved the conditions to cheer on the girls and supplied emergency umbrellas to the bench.

On Monday 10/15, with cleats still damp from Thursday's contest, the CC girls traveled to Cambridge and picked up another 7-0 victory. Emma McCollum opened the scoring with a shot that tucked just inside the near post. Hazel Johnstone continued the CC momentum with two goals in two minutes, both created by CC's high press that forced turnovers deep in the Cambridge zone. Susannah Snell rounded out the half with a break away goal in the 31st minute. CC maintained its energy in the second half, scoring thirty seconds into the half (the second time this season CC has scored off the opening kick). Lucy Morris received the kick off from Susannah Snell and threaded a ball through the defense down the right sideline to Amelia Karle. Karle cross the ball to the top of the eighteen, finding the feet of Kira Moran, who easily slotted the ball into the back of the net. Karle added to the scoreline only two minutes later, picking up an errant clearance and chipping the goalkeeper from twenty yards out. Kelly Costello rounded out the scoring, finishing a corner kick from Amy Sepucha for her first goal of the season.

On Wednesday, the JVA team took on a strong Newton South squad on home turf. CC scored early in the contest as Kira Moran finished a cross from Emma McCollum in the third minute. Newton South responded in the 35th minute, earning a free kick deep in the CC defensive zone. Newton South played the ball into the eighteen, flicked it over the CC line, and found a forward alone in behind, who placed a perfect ball behind CC keeper Sophie Emde-Gerdine. CC regrouped after half time and had numerous opportunities to take the lead. Susannah Snell got in behind the Newton South defense, but a strong play by the Newton South keeper denied the goal. CC continued to press for the game winner, with Hazel Johnstone and Gracie Sampson combining on multiple occasions to generate scoring opportunities, but CC was unable to finish. Newton South had opportunities of its own late in the half, earning multiple corners in the final ten minutes. Skylar Smith preserved the tie by knocking a strong Newton South header over the bar with less then a minute remaining in the game.

The CC squad now stands at 10-0-2 on the season with four games remaining. CC takes on Boston Latin at Millennium Field on Friday.

JVA Defeats Newton South

The JVA team defeated Newton South in sloppy conditions on Monday afternoon. CC scored the lone goal of the contest midway through the first half, when Emma McCollum sent a perfect through ball in behind the NS back line, releasing Kira Moran down the sideline. Moran was able to send a perfectly weighted cross back across the front of goal into the path of Susannah Snell, who calmly slotted the ball into the net. CC nearly doubled the lead midway through the second half when Snell headed a Sofia Congram corner kick through the hands of the NS keeper and into the net. Much to the frustration of the CC squad, the goal was called back due to keeper possession. Despite the setback, CC maintained consistent pressure and matched South's physical play through the remainder of the match, earning the 1-0 victory. Sky Smith earned the shut out in goal, and the CC defensive core (Congram, Kelly Costello, Becca Dibble, Chelsea Emde-Gerdine, Anna Jasinski, and Amy Sepucha) held the opposing side scoreless for the sixth time this season. The JVA squad will take on Waltham on Turf 2 at 4:00pm on Thursday, with the Varsity game to follow at 6pm on Memorial Field.

JVA Adds Two More Wins

The JVA team added two additional wins to the season tally, defeating Wayland 6-0 on Tuesday and Acton-Boxboro 1-0 on Thursday.

On a rainy afternoon and a muddy pitch, the Patriots defeated Wayland 6-0 to advance to 6-0-1 on the season. Cecily Torres and Kira Moran scored early in the first half to push CC to a 2-0 lead, but the potent CC offense was kept at bay for the remainder of the half. After regrouping during halftime, CC focused on connecting play through the midfield, and opened up the game with four second half goals. Kira Moran added her second goal of the contest, finishing a perfect through ball from Emma McCollum. Cecily Torres also found the back of the net again, finishing a rebound off a strong shot from Gracie Sampson. Backs Becca Dibble and Sofia Congram joined the attacking third late in the game, and each found the back of the net after creative midfield play to open up the opportunity. Emma McCollum and Gracie Sampson each earned two assists on the afternoon.

On Thursday, CC hosted Acton-Boxborough on the Doug White Fields, coming away with a 1-0 victory. After a closely contested first half in which neither team was able to gain the upper hand in the mid-field, the JVA team began the second period with renewed focus and enthusiasm. Hustle plays on the wings and well-placed through balls from the center midfielders earned the CC girls multiple scoring opportunities, but CC was unable to break through. In the 55th minute, Kira Moran and Susannah Snell combined to earn a corner kick on the left side. Sofia Congram's well-placed in-swinger found CJ Flory on the back post, who calmly headed home the first and only goal of the game. The CC defense of Becca Dibble, Kelly Costello, Aliya Hosford, Chelsea Emde-Gerdine, and Congram held their ground for the remainder of the half, keeping the AB attack at bay. Natalie Reed and Sky Smith combined to earn the shut out in goal.

CC takes on Newton South (away, Monday, 4pm) and Waltham (home, Thursday, 4pm) next week.

JVA Wins 2, Ties 1

The JVA team continued its early season success with two wins and a tie to close out September. On Saturday September 15, CC took on Cambridge on the stadium turf. CC cruised to a 7-0 victory behind two goals and two assists by sophomore striker Gracie Sampson. Katherine Quinlan opened the scoring in the first minute of play, putting away a twelve yard shot off the opening kick off. CC led 3-0 at the half. Hazel Johnstone added a goal and two assists in the second half to continue the CC attack. Cecily Torres and Annie Creamer rounded out the scoring.

After a nearly two week lay-off, CC got back on the pitch against Westford on September 27. CC shook off the rust and overcame sloppy play throughout the first 70 minutes to salvage a 1-0 win. Emma McCollum slotted home a long serve from Sofia Congram in the 72nd minute to earn the victory.

On Saturday September 29, CC joined the CC field hockey team, CC cross-country teams, and eighteen Varsity soccer teams from across Massachusetts in competing at Kicks for Cancer. Wearing the names of friends and family members who have battled cancer or are currently in treatment on their backs, CC took on Lincoln Sudbury on the stadium turf in front of a loud and energetic crowd. After a tightly contested first half, CC was able to find the back of the net when Emma McCollum picked up a loose ball in the box and beat the keeper from twelve yards out. Despite solid play throughout the midfield and back line, CC conceded a goal in the 68th minute, and the game ended in a hard fought 1-1 tie. Although the Patriots did not come away with the win, Saturday's contest was about more than soccer. The team celebrated the day and the cause by rooting the Varsity team on to a 1-0 victory later in the afternoon.

JVA Opens the Season 3-0
The JVA team opened the season 3-0, outscoring their opponents 21 to 2 in the process. On Wednesday September 5, the team battled extreme heat in addition to the visiting Bedford squad. Undeterred by the temperatures, CC scored early and often, finding the back of the net six times in the first 25 minutes of the half. Gracie Sampson and Hazel Johnstone each netted two goals, with Susannah Snell and Katherine Quinlan adding to the total. Lucy Morris and Kira Moran showed precision in the midfield, each contributing two assists. Sarah Creamer scored the only goal of the second half. Natalie Reed sealed the shut out, stopping a Bedford penalty kick late in the second half.

On Friday September 7, the team traveled to Weston. The Patriots came away victorious with a 9-1 effort. Emma McCollum, Lucy Morris, and Kira Moran scored their first high school goals, while Gracie Sampson (2G), Hazel Johnstone, Katherine Quinlan, and Susannah Snell added to their season tallies. 

On Wednesday September 12, the team traveled to Marblehead to take on a non-league opponent. A long bus ride did not slow the team's momentum, as the Patriots earned a 5-1 victory. CC opened the scoring with a beautiful team goal. The play started from a mid-field free kick taken by Sofia Congram. The Patriots strung five passes together, criss-crossing the field, before finding Sarah Creamer on the wing. Creamer laid the ball off in front of the net to Emma McCollum, who slotted it past the keeper into the far corner for the first goal of the contest. The Patriots would add another goal in the first, with Susannah Snell taking advantage of a mis-clear, chipping a shot neatly over the goalie who had come off her line. In the second half, the Patriots continued to dominate the pace of play. Katherine Quinlan, Becca Dibble, and Katie Butts each scored on well-placed shots. Sarah Creamer finished with three assists on the afternoon.

The JVA squad will take on Cambridge in their first DCL Large match up on Saturday at 4pm on Memorial Field. The Varsity game will follow at 6pm.

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