Local roundup: Velasquez’s goal earns tie for Ayer Shirley

Players for the Collegiate Charter School of Lowell pose after Thursday’s 2-1 win over Match Academy in Boston. It was the first-ever varsity victory for Collegiate Charter, which only this season began playing a varsity schedule.

AYER — Ariel Velasquez’s 63rd-minute goal off a corner kick earned a share of the spoils for Ayer Shirley in a 3-3 come-from-behind boys’ soccer draw with Mid-Wach E rival West Boylston on Thursday.

Fayad Bashir and Sebastian Costa added one goal each and Nick Granger had eight saves for Ayer Shirley, which plays three matches next week.

Both schools are 2-0-1 overall and in Mid-Wach E.

  • Lowell’s Keara Page (6), facing, between games in Lowell vs Methuen girls volleyball. (SUN/Julia Malakie)

  • Lowell’s Keara Page (6), in Lowell vs Methuen girls volleyball. (SUN/Julia Malakie)

  • Lowell’s Keara Page (6), and Sofia Cruz (7), between games in Lowell vs Methuen girls volleyball. (SUN/Julia Malakie)

  • Lowell’s Keara Page (6), and Sofia Cruz (7), between games in Lowell vs Methuen girls volleyball. (SUN/Julia Malakie)

  • Methuen girls volleyball. Methuen’s Jillian McCoy (10), and Lowell’s Keara Page (6) and Mia Ly (16). (SUN/Julia Malakie)

  • Lowell vs Methuen girls volleyball. Lowell’s Mia Ly (16) and Methuen’s Rachel Batista (23). (SUN/Julia Malakie)



Boys’ soccer

Tyngsboro 9, Gardner 0 Trey Marcantonio had three goals and Corey Kenney finished with three assists for unbeaten Tyngsboro (4-0).Matignon 2, Innovation Academy 0 Innovation Academy (1-2) saw strong defensive play by Thomas Malen and Nam Bui.

Haverhill 5, Tewskbury 3 Zach Lalonde scored a pair of goals for Tewksbury and teammate Pat Demelo added the third. Also for Tewksbury (1-2), James Ministeri added one assist and goalie Liam Cafferty finished with six saves.

Chelmsford 1, Central Catholic 0 David Arakelian scored on a third rebound attempt with 16 minutes left in the game to break the stalemate. Jeremy Hargett and Matt Shoup were strong on the backline for the Lions (3-0-2), while Joey Sturzo and Kevin Fernandez combined for their second shutout of the season.

Dracut 1 Billerica 0 Midfielder Cameron Downer scored in the 63rd minute to lift Dracut to victory. Goalie Tyler Flick made four saves in the shutout, and seniors Alex Augusta, Aaron Hine, and Graham Stack played well.

Billerica goalie Marco Cugno finished with 10 saves.

Winchester 6, Wilmington 0 Pat O’Mahony and Pat Xavier played strong defense for Wilmington (0-4) in front of goalies Justin Healey (9 saves) and Liam Dwyer (3 saves).

Girls’ soccer

Collegiate Charter School of Lowell 2, Match Academy 1 Veronica Guingue and Amariah Baez scored goals as Collegiate Charter earned its first-ever varsity victory on Thursday. Vanessa Guingue was a standout in net with 10 saves and Isabella Patino earned an assist. Collegiate Charter, in its first season of varsity athletics, competes in the Massachusetts Charter School Athletic Organization.

North Middlesex 1, Groton-Dunstable 0 The Patriots earned the victory after Ally Sheehan scored in the 76th minute for the game’s only goal.

Tyngsboro 3, Gardner 0 Molly McHugh, Jenna Mitza and Chloe Brush scored one goal each, Nia Bergeron had two assists, and Amy Desjardins and Jenna DeFronzo played strong in the defensive line for Tyngsboro.

Innovation Academy 5, Parker Charter 2 Isabela Schmalz finished with four goals and an assist in the victory. Innovation also saw solid play from Emanuelly Ferreira (goal, assist), Delaney Scanlon, Alexis Vitorino, Sarah Milne, Hope Coleman-Plourde, Felicia Vitorino, Kirsten Jones and Rian Benoit.

Chelmsford 3, Lowell 0 Chelmsford’s Kat Slattery opened the scoring with a beautiful header off of a corner kick by Shai Corcoran. From there, Abbey Quirbach and Mia Beauchesne added one goal each for Chelmsford (2-1-1), with Ally LeBrun assisting on Quirbach’s tally.

High school field hockey

Pelham 8, Hollis-Brookline 0 Madi Robito registered the hat trick for Pelham and Hayley Gilbert made one save to earn the shutout.Wayland 3, Westford Academy 1 The Grey Ghosts fell at home in Thursday’s contest.

Tyngsboro 5, Tewksbury 0 Mary Vincent and Bella Verhen scored two goals each, and Madison Bovill added the final tally in the Tigers’ (2-1) victory. Goalei Emily Ronan made six saves to earn the shutout. For Tewksbury, Morgan Woodman, Ryan Quinn and Alexis Raymond played well offensively, but were unable to break through against the solid Tyngsboro defense.

Sutton 3, Littleton 2 Valerie Crory scored a pair of first-half goals as Littleton pulled even just before halftime in Wednesday’s contest.

Madison Hunt finished with eight saves. Also playing well for Littleton were forwards Molly Magnette and Amanda Yurkoski, and defenders Jesada Sanders and Meredith Landers.

Tewksbury 9, Lawrence 0 Captain Ryan Quinn earned her first hat trick of the season on Wednesday, and Alexis Raymond (2 assists) and Eyhvong Phalla were right on her heals with two goals each. Goalie Brianna Gagnon earned a shutout to start her sophomore year.

Boys’ cross country

Lowell 15, Haverhill 50 Lowell opened the MVC season with a shutout victory on Wednesday.

Lowell was led by overall race winner and junior All-Scholastic Joeben Jacobs (15:16). Taking the second through 10th spots, in order, for Lowell on the 2.75-mile course at Shedd Park were Kelvin Santana (15:18), David Vandi (15:48), Ricky Thyne (15:56), Pat Coughlin (16:17), Juan Giron (16:23), Mo Adam (16:33), Seyha Rath (6:38), James Appiah (16:48) and Bun Hourt (16:48).

Girls’ cross country

Chelmsford 19, Methuen 38 Elaine Tsui (22:48), Amelia Kelley (22:57), and Meghan Haynes (23:33) finished first through third, respectively, on the 5K course on Wendesday to lift the Lions to victory.

Lowell 23, Haverhill 32 Senior Asaliah Mirambeaux led Lowell (1-0) with a first-place finish on the 2.8-mile course at Shedd Park on Wednesday.

High school golf

Arlington Catholic 152, Lowell Catholic 128 Lowell Catholic’s Tim Picard was the leading scorer for the match, scoring 42 points and shooting a 32. Dom Valenti added 19 points, while Brendan Sullivan scored 16 points for the 1-3 Crusaders.

Tyngsboro 27, Littleton 27 Tyngsboro’s winners included Trevor Drew and Alex Kilmon at Tyngsboro Country Club. Kyle King led the way for Littleton, earning medalist honors with a 1-under-par 35, just edging Tyngsboro’s Kevin Carpenter. Alex Forziati and Derek Peterson also won for Littleton. Both teams are now 2-2-1 on the season.

Shawsheen Tech 92, Nashoba Tech 45 Aiden Sullivan earned medalist honors with a 44 at Patriot Golf Course in Bedford as Shawsheen Tech improved to 4-0 on the season.

Haverhill 12.5, Lowell 7.5 Individual winners for Lowell (0-2) were Matt Asselin (3-and-2), with a 2-under round of 33, and Colin Pickett (1-up) in Wednesday’s match at Bradford Country Club. Thomas Carolan and Keegan Cote halved their individual matches and won their fourball match.

Girls’ volleyball

Greater Lowell Tech 3, Whittier Tech 2 Leading the way for Greater Lowell were Iyana Lopez (9 kills, 3 blocks, 5 service points), Larybeth Laviena (5 aces, 9 service points, 7 assists), Jessica MacFadgen (strong serving, 4 aces, 10 service points), Kailynn Senechiame and Chandra Yim. Set scores were 15-25, 25-19, 11-25, 25-17 and 16-14.

Oyster River 3, Pelham 0 Paige Demmons (6 digs), Jillian Tobin (5 digs) and Hannah Andrewchuk (3 digs, kill) played well in defeat for Pelham (1-2). Set scores were 25-13, 25-11 and 25-19.

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