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• Semifinal: GD 2, Tyngsborough 0
     The Crusaders (8-3-1) got a HUGE 2-0 win over Tyngsborough (6-3-2) on Nov. 12 and earned a trip to the soccer finals against North Middlesex. Jackie Gervais scored 2 goals, Natalie Childs got a goal and an assist and Faith Kosiba had an assist. Keeper Anna Carney made 12 saves in the shutout and Chloe Beausoleil was a rock on defense!
     “We lost twice to NM (9-2) during the season, but the girls are really coming together at the right time,” shared girls varsity coach Sean Murphy on the eve of the third meeting between North Middlesex and GD. “The last two weeks, I have seen the girls play their best soccer of the year. Our first meeting with North Middlesex was a mediocre performance for sure. We got a few things figured out for the second game with them but couldn’t quite finish when we needed to. I think the way the girls are playing now both offensively and defensively will make for a great game on Tuesday. I believe we can beat them if we play ‘our’ game (Mark tight on their 2 forwards, keep posses- sion when we win the ball and limit our give-aways.) We have a good chance to pull off the win,” concluded Murphy.
• Final: North Middlesex 3, GD 0
     But host North Middlesex had other ideas and came away with a 3-0 win over GD in the Pod 7 finals on Nov. 17. “A tough loss to a very good North Middlesex team. Thank you seniors for leading the way,” said coach Murphy.
From Tom Sousa, Groton-Dunstable Varsity Football Coach: 
     “We are fortunate to have the coaches that are a part of our program. At practice recently, Mike Marshall, our offensive coordinator, Eli Gioumbakis our defensive coordinator and O- line (offensive) coach, and Joe Bisbee, who does a little of ev-erything for us were at practice. Greg Gillette and Pat McCabe were not able to be there.
     “We really want these sessions to be fun for the kids and still be beneficial in their development. The kids have had a great atti- tude. I have a hard time putting myself in their shoes. With no games in the short-term, I think it must be difficult to show up, work and focus on getting better, but they have been very consistent in showing up and very attentive to the teaching. I really hope we can play in Fall 2. These kids deserve that opportunity.”
• Monday, 11/16 at Groton Dunstable RHS
Groton-Dunstable girls win, boys lose. The top five overall listed. Many personal bests established for both teams and another first and second finish for senior Sydney Adams and junior Kimmie Harding. Senior Finn Sheily and freshman Marlon Jost finish 3rd and 4th overall for the boys on a cold, overcast day on the 3.1 mile Groton-Dunstable course.
• Lunenburg-22 GD-33 GD Record 2-4
1st Michael Alleva 17:01.5 (LUN)
2nd Dillon Ryan 18:03.2 (LUN)
3rd Marlon Jost 18:11.5 (GD)
4th Finn Sheily 18:15 (GD)
5th Benjamin Sweet 18:18.5 (LUN)
• GD-25 Lunenburg-30
GD Record 4-2
1st Sydney Adams 18:59.6 (GD)
2nd Kimmie Harding 19:46.4 (GD)
3rd Lauren Long 20:07.2 (LUN)
4th Abby Rodriquenz 20:30.5 (LUN)
5th Catherine Daly 20:48.3 (GD)
Cross Country Correction: The correct names of the XC runners in the November 13 Herald sports page photo were L-R: Jacob Strauss (1537) 9th overall, Jack Blount (1544) 14th overall, George Lowney (1529) 10th overall, Declan Hann (1525) 6th overall. The Groton Herald apologizes for the error.
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