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Durfee Soccer Comes to a Close

Brenna Riley '12
November 4, 2011

On Thursday, October 27, the Durfee High School girls varsity soccer team (7-9-1) faced their Big 3 rival, the New Bedford Whalers (5-11-2), on Durfee’s home turf. The first time these teams faced off this season, the Whalers came out on top and this time around the Hilltoppers were back for revenge. In the end the Toppers gained their vengeance, winning with a score of 2-1.

At this night game, under the lights, the Toppers worked hard in all aspects of the game. The teams had to face rain and hail throughout the game, but neither team gave up. Both goals from the Toppers came off rebounded shots, finally put in the goal by junior Bailey Brooks. The shots were taken by junior Jenna Melo and senior tri-captain Jessica Medeiros.

On Saturday, October 29, the Hilltoppers faced the Taunton Tigers (1-17) at Taunton High School. The Toppers went up 1-0 in the first 20 minutes with a goal from senior tri-captain Kaitlyn Powers. However, Taunton came back strong and tied the score 1-1 by the end of the first half. Both teams continued to battle and in the last ten minutes Durfee managed to score four additional goals. These goals came from freshman Molly Fellows, senior tri-captain Rachael Camara, and two from junior Bailey Brooks. One of Brooks' goals as well as Fellows' goal was assisted by junior Lindsey Santos. Camara's goal came off a free kick outside the goal box and Brooks' other goal came unassisted.

The Hilltoppers faced their last two games of the season on Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 1 against the Somerset Raiders and the Dartmouth Indians (17-1). Unfortunately both games were losses. Somerset came down to a score of 2-1, with Durfee's lone goal coming off a header from junior Jalyn Bonanca, which came from an assist from Camara. Durfee vs. Dartmouth ended in a goal of 5-1, with their goal coming from Medeiros.

Throughout the season Durfee's defense stayed strong, led by Camara, with help from Melo, Fellows, sophomore Tori Borges, and senior Brenna Riley. Goalie senior Katherine Costa gave Durfee a chance and saved the Toppers many times during the season.