Emily DaSilva (17) corrals a ball out of the air. Photos by Mike Flanagan.
By Mike Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor
Coming of a tough 7-1 defeat to Norwell on September 24, the Walpole High School varsity girls soccer team traveled to Weymouth on Tuesday afternoon looking to climb back into the win column.
Entering the match at 1-5-0 (1-3-0), the Walpole girls were in need of a win in order to keep pace in the Bay State Conference Herget Division. Meanwhile, the Wildcats (3-3-0, 3-1-0) also looked to rebound following a 1-0 loss to Brookline on September 23.
The rainy conditions at Mullin Field played an immediate factor, making free-kick and corner-kick opportunities that much more valuable. A little under 11 minutes in, Weymouth capitalized on a corner-kick opportunity when Julia O'Brien booted home a feed from Riley Bonner to make it 1-0, Weymouth. With 16:23 to play in the half, O'Brien put home her second of the game, also coming on a corner-kick feed from Bonner, to make it 2-0 Wildcats at halftime.
The Wildcats would add two more goals just 4:14 apart in the opening minutes of the second half to push their lead to 4-0. With 18:35 remaining, Walpole finally got on the board when Riley Savary booted in a rebound of a Sophie St. George free-kick to make it a 4-1 game. Just over six minutes later, however, Weymouth responded as O'Brien completed the hat trick after dashing in on a fast break and firing home a shot passed Walpole goalie Catie Powderly to make it 5-1.
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