The first time is certainly proving to be a charm for the Triton girls soccer team.
Seeded 11th in the Division 3 North tournament, the Vikes (10-7-3) have taken out both sixth-seeded Swampscott and third-seeded Shawsheen Tech, 1-0, to make it to the semifinals against second-seeded Lynnfield at Woburn High School tonight at 7.
“On the run so far, I feel great,” said Vikings coach Mike Weisberg. “I want more, a lot more. The mood on the team is great. They are working hard every day, and they want more too. I ask them after every playoff game if they are done, and altogether they say, ‘No.’”
That attitude has helped the Vikes make it past two tense contests, the first a double-overtime, two-shootout win against the 12-4-3 Rams that saw sophomore Dena DeAngelico scoring the winning goal with her team’s last shot.
“I think in the end, the team with the most heart definitely came out on top,” said senior left defender Rachael Hall. “(DeAngelico) shot and made it, and the other team had their girl, and she hit it about five feet over the net.”
The second 1-0 win came on an own goal by the 9-6-4 Big Blue that saw the Triton defense holding strong again.
“We’ve been pretty solid defensively, just keeping our shape and absorbing the pressure so that we can counter,” said Weisberg, who stresses a team-first approach. “We defend with everybody, and we attack with everybody. Wherever we need to be, we just swarm the field.”
Anchored by sophomore goalkeeper Christine Ciccone, the Vikes also employ Hall, sophomore right defender Lilly Dow and senior central defender Casey Ross to keep the shutouts going.
“We stick together, and we all talk and communicate well,” Hall said of her fellow defenders. “We push up, we drop back as a team, we know what each one of us is thinking. I think that’s the key to why us three in the back work so well.”