Durfee Girls Soccer Clinch Big 3
Nathan Carvalho

Staff Reporter '13

October 26, 2012

All the Lady Hilltoppers needed to do was not lose - and they did just that. The Durfee girls soccer team captured the Big 3 Championship for the first time since 2008, after tying New Bedford on Thursday with a score of 2-2. Durfee came into the game with the advantage, only needing a win or a tie to clinch the title. The Whalers, however, needed a win to share a piece of the title with the Lady Toppers.

 

The Whalers got off to a good start when senior Julia Cormier scored in the first half to put New Bedford ahead and give them the early lead. Durfee didn't let that goal get to them, and came back on the attack. The Hilltoppers responded approximately 15 minutes later when senior Bailey Brooks sniped a shot from outside the 18. The New Bedford goalkeeper was able to save it, but not hold onto it and freshman Jordyn Gauvin was there to tap in the rebound to make it 1-1. 
 

The half ended with the girls all square and the Lady Toppers content to be tied going into the second half. With 40 minutes left to play, the Durfee girls soccer team were one half away from being crowned Big 3 champions.  The second half kicked off with the Hilltoppers coming out strong, with unique passing and creating opportunistic plays the Toppers looked good.
 

Durfee thought they had the lead early in the second half when Brooks whipped in a free kick from the left side and the ball was met by senior Lindsey Santos. She hit a volley from in the box, but the ball crept just over the bar.

 

The Hilltoppers were then given a scare of their own when a New Bedford player hit a laser from a distance, but Durfee sophomore keeper Brianna Camara was able to react quickly enough to punch it over the bar. That save happened to be the inspiration Durfee needed, as they gave themselves the lead with 7 minutes remaining.  Junior Tori Borges crossed in the ball off a corner kick, which was flicked on by Brooks and then put in the net by sophomore Alexis Anselmo. 
 

With the score now 2-1, the Toppers were in the Big 3 drivers seat, switching their tactics to strictly defense. The Whalers weren't ready to give up yet and turned up the offense, but weren't succeeding with the Toppers defense being too much for them. Just when the game seemed like it was all wrapped up, the Whalers were able to squeeze by the offside trap and got a late goal of their own to make it a tie game. As the whistle blew, although it was a tie, the Lady Toppers were the ones celebrating their Big 3 Championship at the end of the night.