NEWBURYPORT – The Clippers exploded for their season high in goals on senior day and beat Triton for the second time in two days, 20-11.
After surrendering the game’s first goal, Newburyport (10-4) grasped control of the game and refused to let go. Seniors Julia Kipp and Ali Peffer combined for 16 goals and led the Clippers to a season-high 20 goals.
“That was really exciting for our seniors,” said Newburyport head coach Catherine Batchelder. “They all had a great day. Four of our seniors scored today, our senior defender had a fantastic day and our senior midfielder Lilly Donovan played really well. They have all been playing together for a lot of years and really work well together. Ali and Julia scored a ton, so it’s a really good day for the seniors.”
The second game of a home-and-home showdown, Newburyport narrowly outlasted a strong second half push in game one last night to beat the Vikings (7-7-1), 14-12. While starting strong was once again a focus of the Clippers in game two, finishing strong was the top priority.
“We try to just play two solid halves,” Batchelder said. “It’s what we have been working on all season. We had a little bit of a lull yesterday in the second half and we wanted to make sure we went out there and finished the game today.”
A dominating first half effort led to a Newburyport 12-4 halftime lead, something that the Clippers worked to maintain against a Triton team that continued to adjust as the game progressed.
“Nothing went wrong in the first half, we just struggled to shut down their crease,” said Triton head coach Stacey Beaulieu. “We made adjustments in the second half, but Newburyport is a very good team. We battled them yesterday and we battled them today. They were just executing a little better. We worked our hardest to counter that execution and played our hearts out.”