NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

November 7, 2013

Triton's historic run comes to an end

By Dan Guttenplan
Sports Editor

---- — WOBURN — The Triton girls soccer team’s Cinderella story came to an end last night.

The 11th-seeded Vikings (10-8-3) fell to second-seeded Lynnfield 4-0 in the Division 3 North semifinal at Woburn High. The Pioneers (16-2-2) will meet Newburyport (18-0-2) in the Division 3 North final Sunday at 5:45 p.m. at Manning Field in Lynn.

Triton’s loss brings a historic season to a close, as the Vikings earned a trip to the state tournament for the first time in the program’s 35-year history under first-year coach Mike Weisberg.

Following last night’s game, Triton’s spirited student section remained in the bleachers as the players joined hands for one final jog across the field. The students gave the team a standing ovation, and the players returned the favor at the conclusion of their cool-down.

“Like I said all year, they got behind us because of our teamwork,” said Weisberg, in between accepting congratulatory handshakes from Triton students who joined in the team’s final cheer.

“The girls are changing reputations. This is tough, but they’ll heal and get stronger. It’s just going to keep getting better and better.”

Triton senior captains Casey Ross and Madison Williams, along with fellow seniors Shannon Dube and Rachel Hall, played their final game in Triton blue. They leave a legacy of being the first group of seniors to take a team to the postseason.

“They’re the first to ever get forward and make the tournament,” Weisberg said. “They made a good run at it. Lynnfield is a great team, well-coached. The seniors lifted the spirits of the team. They were the ones who did the extra work and made the girls want it more. I only see good things to come.”

Lynnfield dominated possession for much of the game. The Pioneers held a four-goal lead for the final 33 minutes of play.

Triton’s four seniors joined Weisberg for a group embrace after the team, along with the student spectators, wrapped the season with one final cheer. No one from the teary-eyed quartet of seniors felt up to doing an interview.

“It’s tough,” Weisberg said. “Holding back my own tears is tough.”