NORTHBRIDGE, Mass.- It was a chilly night in Northbridge, but the Rams continued their hot streak. The girls' soccer team rounded out the town's Homecoming weekend with a 2-0 victory over Grafton to remain undefeated this season.
They did not need much time to do it, either. In the first minute, Northbridge senior Lindsey Reichert brought the ball to the back of the net from a short distance. Rams junior Sarah Boucher did the same for her squad, beating Grafton junior goaltender Hannah Sheridan from around the same spot, to give her team their second goal in the first 10 minutes.
The Indians seemed to have no answer for the early scores in the first half. Northbridge started the game bringing pressure early and often. They controlled the ball for the majority of the first half as a result, despite efforts by Grafton senior captain Kendal Bergenholtz and sophomore Kayla D'Amico to bring the ball to the other end of the field.
Grafton seemed not to attack the ball when they needed to, which led to more Northbridge scoring opportunities. Thankfully for the Indians, Sheridan was able to hold the Rams to two goals at the half.
Not much changed after the break, however. D'Amico had a shot on goal early in the second for Grafton, but Northbridge went right back to the pressure that they put on in the first, and the results were similar.
Grafton coach John Chatalian was audibly upset about his squad's lack of offensive chances, asking his players why they were "running away from the ball."
Northbridge had many shots to add to their victorious score. The Rams missed two corner kicks in a row and could not put away a bobbled save, but in the end, they still came away with the win like they have done for much of the year.
The victory puts Northbridge's record at 10-0-2 going into a trip to Shepherd Hill on Monday. Grafton falls to 6-2-4, and they will have until Tuesday to prepare for Holy Name.
Robb Haskins is a senior at Grafton High School.