By John Anderson

Jianna Baroni (in front of Tantasqua’s #8) scores the tie breaking goal in last night’s game. Brianna Leon, #13, covers for a rebound. ©John Anderson

Jianna Baroni (in front of Tantasqua’s #8) scores the tie breaking goal in last night’s game. Brianna Leon, #13, covers for a rebound. ©John Anderson

With the changes in SWCL this season, Auburn soccer teams will only face Tantasqua once, and they won’t see Shepherd Hill at all. Last night, both boys and girls faced the Warriors, and both claimed 2-1 victories. On the road, Richie Augusto’s goal was answered by Tantasqua, and they were tied until the 73rd minute when Alex Strafer scored. The boys earned their fourth victory, 2-1.

At home, Jianna Baroni scored 7 minutes in with an assist by Jenna Matthews. Ten minutes later, the Warriors tied it up, and the half would end 1-1. Less then 2 minutes into the second half, and on a feed from Samantha Moreau, Baroni dribbled past multiple defenders in the left corner and easily scored. Coach Larry Midura said this was a teaching moment for him as he turned to his bench and pointed out Jianna’s technique. She keeps the ball close to her foot, and when another player stabs at the ball, she just dribbles past.

Although the Rockets looked a bit tired in the last ten minutes, they kept their defense, anchored by Erin Burke and goalie Sarah Fahey, strong and repelled numerous Warrior attacks. Auburn had 15 shots on net compared to Tantasqua’s 6. Auburn Mass Daily will post a slide show later today. The girls are now 5-1-1.