By John Anderson
On a positive note, Auburn girls soccer is a young team, and they will likely have more opportunities to try for another state title. That wasn’t to be this year as the season abruptly ended with a 3-1 loss to Holy Name in the Central Division 3 Semi-Final.
In 2013, the girls lost in their first playoff round to Nipmuc, which is in the state final tomorrow night against Lynnfield. Losses are tough, but the Rockets had a remarkable season, 17-2-1. The regular season concluded with a 4-1 victory over D1 Shrewsbury, and Auburn was seeded #1 by MIAA.
While the girls looked well positioned for a great playoff run, they struggled in the quarterfinal against Assabet. The normally successful offense had a hard time finding the net, and the same was true in the semi.
The core of the Auburn offense is made up of sophomores Jianna Baroni and Jordyn Abasciano. As of October 26th, Baroni had the lead for scoring in MIAA Central with 52 points, 35 goals and 17 assists. Abasciano had 28 points, 11 goals and 17 assists. Each added a point during the playoffs, and both should do amazing things in the next two seasons. Junior Samantha Moreau and sophomore Megan Gurlitz were also big contributors up front.
Goalie Sarah Fahey and defenders Emily Sarkisian and Symantha Brothers will be seniors next fall. All three have been pivotal this season in keeping their opponents from scoring, and Fahey claimed 4 shutouts this fall. Sophomore Jillian MacDonald was another defensive strength.
In the midfield, Liz Anusauskas, Colleen Cutting, Brianna Leon, Sarah Cavanaugh, and Jenna Matthews should be back with solid combined strength. Other expected returnees are Samantha Boucher, Stephanie Peterson, and Carrie Girardin.
As seniors Tori Richard, Micaela Almeida, Lauren Ferris, Danielle Hearnlaye, and Erin Burke complete their senior years, all should know that their efforts made a huge difference for Auburn Girls Soccer. Thank you ladies!