Silver Lake girls soccer continues historic run to Div. 2 final – Boston Herald

HANSON — Since the season first began, Silver Lake’s girls soccer program has been driven by one goal: making history.

So far, the Lakers have delivered on that promise, and on Tuesday evening, they added one more chapter to their already impeccable tournament run at the Div. 2 level. Senior forward Mckenna Sylvester buried the eventual game-winning goal in the 70th minute, as No. 4 Silver Lake punched a trip to its first-ever state championship with a thrilling 2-1 victory over top-seeded Plymouth North at Whitman-Hanson Regional High School.

“It feels amazing,” Sylvester said. “Of course, it’s a team effort, though. We all played amazing, and we all worked together. We all put in that 100% (effort) to push us through to the finals, and we are so excited about it.”

Tuesday’s appearance in the Div. 2 final four already had marked the furthest that Silver Lake had advanced in its program’s history. However, the Lakers (14-4-4) were hoping to improve upon things, and they would jump ahead in the later stages of the first half.

After Lauren Dwyer corralled a loose ball in the open field, she spun around and fired a bullet in the direction of the Plymouth North net. The shot skipped off the goalkeeper to the foot of Shea Kelleher, and the junior immediately capitalized, as she skipped one into the twine to provide the Lakers a 1-0 edge in the 37th minute.

However, these two Patriot League rivals did split their games during the course of the regular season, so it should come as a surprise to no one that Plymouth North (15-6-0) had an answer.

Later on in the 57th minute, Erin Richards lined up at midfield for a free kick, then blasted one toward the Lakers’ box. The pass cleared multiple defenders before landing in front of Megan Banzi. From there, the UMass-Lowell commit settled the ball, then rolled a shot into the net as the Blue Eagles evened the score at one goal apiece

With just over 10 minutes remaining, Kelleher stole the ball from a defender, then slid a pass over to Sylvester. At that particular moment, the senior noticed that she had a clear lane developing. She adjusted herself by tapping the ball toward her strong side and hooked a beautiful, left-footed shot into the netting from about 20 yards away, as Silver Lake took a 2-1 lead, one that it would never relinquish.

“(Sylvester is) a special player,” said Silver Lake coach Scott Williams. “She’s the kind of player that can do that. Since we’ve dropped her into the midfield, she’s found spaces like that. She has the strength to shoot those shots from outside the box, and she’s hit a couple for us … that’s definitely a special one. I know she is going to remember that one, and the team will remember that one, too.”

Silver Lake will now take on the winner of Wednesday’s Div. 2 semifinal game between No. 3 Whitman-Hanson and No. 7 Westboro.

“It was so amazing, especially because Silver Lake has never made it this far,” Sylvester said. “It’s just a huge accomplishment for our team, and we are so excited.”