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Girls soccer rolls on Pink Day

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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

Sporting their alternate pink uniforms as part of their Program Pink Day for breast cancer awareness, the Medfield High School varsity girls soccer team took care of business with a convincing 9-1 victory over Bellingham on Wednesday night.

Jillian Diliberto (left) fights off a Bellingham defender in pursuit of a loose ball.

Jillian Diliberto (left) fights off a Bellingham defender in pursuit of a loose ball.

Sophomore midfielder Ally Dubbs got the Warriors (8-6-1, 8-5-1) on the board less than six minutes in, hammering home a cross from senior midfielder Ainsley Marshall to give Medfield a 1-0 lead. Just 30 seconds later with 32:14 to play in the half, junior forward Sophia Gustafson booted home a goal off of transition to double Medfield’s lead to 2-0.

Less than two minutes after the Gustafson goal, a long, right-legged boot by sophomore midfielder Sarah Churchill into the upper right corner of the net gave the Warriors a commanding 3-0 lead with 30:59 remaining in the half. Just 19 seconds later, junior midfielder Brenna Skerry made it a 4-0 game with a goal off of a breakaway.

Jillian Diliberto extended the Medfield to 5-0 by potting home a rebound of a corner kick with 22:35 to play in the half. Bellingham put home a goal with 21:10 remaining to cut the deficit to 5-1, but Skerry responded right back for the Warriors with a perfectly-placed penalty kick to push the lead back to 6-1 with 14:22 left in the half.

Junior midfielder Megan Whelan (10) moves the ball past a defender and cuts to the cage.

Junior midfielder Megan Whelan (10) moves the ball past a defender and cuts to the cage.

The Warriors carried their five-goal lead into the intermission and pitched a second half shutout to go along with three more strikes to come away with the 9-1 win.

On Friday, the Warriors earned a 2-0 victory at Ashland for their second straight win. Medfield will return to action on October 25 against Hopkinton.

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