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Alex Mularski deflects a hard shot as Ryan Williams and Matt Russell react. ©John R. Anderson

By John Anderson

Although the girls officially made the playoffs with their tie on Monday, last night’s 9-2 win over Oxford left no doubt in anyone’s mind that these girls deserve to move forward. While the Rockets totally dominated the first half and the Pirates struggled to get any balls across the 50, it took 20 minutes for the home team to score.

Auburn was up 3-0 at the half, but Gina Parmenter scored for Oxford 8 minutes into the second half. Four spaced Rocket goals spread the lead to 7-1 before Parmenter scored again with 4 minutes left. Two subsequent Auburn goals yielded the final score, 9-2.

Junior Jianna Baroni and freshman Shannon Sampson each earned hat tricks during the game, and Jackie Landry, Jillian MacDonald, and Jordyn Abasciano each netted one goal.

The boys defeated Oxford, 1-0, in a well-played game. This victory keeps the Rockets’ playoff hopes alive, but more importantly, they were able to shut down Oxford’s Levy Hernandez, an outstanding soccer player and member of the New England Revolutions’ Academy Program.

Sophomore Matt Backlin scored in the 71st minute with an assist by freshman Jadon Latino. On the team’s Senior Night, a better game could not have been had for senior Alex Mularski who had 12 saves and earned the shutout.

All of this excitement occurred on Youth Soccer Night as boys and girls from United Soccer of Auburn watched from the stands. Some lucky players joined both teams as they were introduced and went to their field positions.