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Chicoski, Raider girls unbeaten in last four

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By Michael Flanagan
Hometown Weekly Sports Editor

It was an extremely busy and successful last two weeks for the Wellesley High School varsity girls soccer team, who went 3-0-1 in four games and took part in a skills clinic with former US Women’s National Team member Kristine Lilly.

The Raiders (5-4-2, 4-4-2) tied Bay State Conference rival Walpole 0-0 on October 3, to whom they fell 2-0 in their season opener back on September 5. Wellesley then won a pair of home games against Newton North (3-1) and Norwood (6-0) behind strong offensive showings as a whole.

On Wednesday, the Raiders took part in a skills clinic on their home turf with Kristine Lilly. Like their head coach, Cat Whitehill, Lilly is also a former member of the US National Team and North Carolina Tar Heel.

On Thursday, the Raiders traveled to Milton and returned home with a 2-1 victory, thanks to goals by senior Stanford lacrosse commit and captain Caitlin Chicoski on a beautiful feed from fellow senior captain Kelcie Zarle, and the game-winner with just over 11 minutes to play in the second half by junior Brooke Baker.

The four-game unbeaten streak puts the Raiders back over .500 for the first time this season. Wellesley will look to keep up their winning ways as they fight for a postseason berth when they travel to Medway on October 21 before hosting arch rival Needham on October 24.

For funny and incisive sports analysis, follow Mike Flanagan on his personal Twitter at @fLAno0, or read his blog at www.flannylive.wordpress.com.

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