John Stark 2, Merrimack Valley 1
Key players: John Stark – Arden Ulmer (2A), Meghan Mefford (G), Sophia McGinty (G); Merrimack Valley – Alyssa Woodman (G), Hayley Kenney (A), Kerrigan McNeil (midfield)
Highlights: Woodman scored on a through ball from Kenney when she dribble around the keeper and finished from a tough angle. John Stark, though, scored twice with under seven minutes to play thanks to a pair of beautiful crosses from Ulmer.
Coach’s quote: “The girls never put their heads down and with the fluidity of the central mids they are creating plays and opportunities for the entire team.” – John Stark’s Chris Pike
“I thought we played a great and balanced game for 70 minutes. We did a nice job with the 50-50 balls with some decent build-up play. Just need to capitalize on our chances. They threw everything at us the last 10 minutes and we made a couple mistakes that they capitalized on. Tough one for us but hopefully we can learn from our mistakes and stay focused for a full 80 minutes going forward.” – MV’s Nick D’Agostino
Records: John Stark 7-5-1; Merrimack Valley 6-7-0