Plymouth North enjoyed success on the football pitch
PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth North boys and girls football teams have certainly chosen the right time to have their best seasons in recent memory. Together, they have reached new heights with a combined 28-11-1 record this season, with both teams enjoying great success in one of the toughest football leagues in the state.
A big reason for both teams’ success was Carly Schofield and Ben Young’s ability to put the ball into the net seemingly at will.
Schofield, a senior, made her final season in high school an unforgettable one with 27 goals to go for the league lead with two assists this season. She ended her high school career with 60 goals and 27 assists for the Blue Eagles.
During the regular season, Young finished first in the league in points total (19 goals and 10 assists for 29 points), and his 19 goals finished second in the league after the 20 scored across town by Plymouth South senior Liam Blaisdell.
It has been an exceptional season for Young, who added two more playoff goals. He started as an outside defenseman in first year for the Blue Eagles, then moved on to play in midfield and forward in second year, then again this season as a junior. It should be interesting to see what he does as a recall next season as a senior.
“Ben is a smart, intelligent football player with a ton of talent. He’s got good speed and acceleration and with all his offensive skills Ben is also a formidable defender, ”Plymouth North head coach John Tocci said of the Patriot League and Eastern Mass. All-Star. “He has the skills to play anywhere on the soccer field and when his shot is thrown he can be a huge force, that’s what you saw of him at the start of this season as he was scoring three and four goals in each game. ”
Schofield has tied Young on a goal-for-goal basis all season. Women’s soccer head coach Eric Foley said Schofield has the inner motivation and competitiveness that every top scorer should have in their bag of tricks.
“Carly played well as a junior and then really came in this season,” Foley said of her Patriot League star and Eastern Mass second team. “She plays the game at a pace supported and Carly has all the skills you need to be an elite football player. ”
Schofield’s next challenge will see her try to be an elite Division I college soccer player. She will attend Central Connecticut State University, where she will reconnect with Plymouth North graduate Abbey Chase as a member. of the school’s women’s football program.
“I first visited Central Connecticut during the COVID restrictions era last year. Abbey showed me around campus and told me about his own experiences at school. The campus is growing very quickly with a lot of expansion and it has a great academic nursing program, ”Schofield said last month. “I also met the soccer team and loved being with them.”
More fun to come for boys football
Men’s football won a 7-0 start to the season, then used the depth of the program to survive a string of injuries in the second half of the season to grab the fourth seed in the division group. 2 en route to a final record of 13-5-3.
“The key to this season was that the kids loved each other and they all played hard for each other,” Tocci said. “There was a special team chemistry with this group. Every child wanted to give everything they had for their teammates when they had the chance. ”
North started the state tournament with a 4-3 victory over Marblehead, then lost to Austin-Pelham to end the season as well as the high school football career for senior captains Jason Carman, Max Allen and Ryan Healy as well as Cody Askin, Pedro Mala and Mason Anglin-Rizzo.
Allen missed the whole season as he recovered from knee surgery. The biggest loss of diplomas is centered on the back row, where Carman, Healy and Askin were starters for several seasons.
“That’s our goal for the offseason. We have to rebuild the baseline on the fly because Jason, Ryan and Cody have played just about every minute of every game for the past two years, ”Tocci said.
Second year student Eric Godlewski will get a chance at one of these open starting points. He showed his versatility by entering the net when junior Josh Bates suffered a serious abdominal injury. Bates made his return to the roster and was between the pipes when the Eagles hosted Austin-Pelham in the state tournament.
“Josh is a huge contender and he really wanted to come back. He got to a point where we could do it without him risking injury again, ”Tocci said. “He’s a difficult kid and he’s become a very good goalie.
Women’s football has reached the Final Four
When the dust cleared in the fall, Plymouth North’s final record of 15-6 was the sixth best in the women’s soccer program’s 40-year history. They have won 16 games in a season on four occasions and have claimed 17 wins on one occasion.
They finished second in the Keenan Division in the regular season and were the number one seed in the Division 2 state tournament category. They shut out Billerica, Notre Dame de Hingham and Grafton in the playoffs before to bow to Silver Lake in the Final Four.
Schofield, Megan Banzi, Kylee Carafoli and Erin Richards have all been named Patriot League All-Stars. Banzi was an all-star pick from Eastern Massachusetts on the first team; Schofield and Carafoli were named East Massachusetts Second Team All-Star.
All three captains Schofield, Banzi and Kathryn Tocci as well as Carafoli, Richards, Sarah McCormack and Bella Eaton will graduate from the team. There are big losses both at the front and at the back of the lineup.
Foley’s top three scorers (Schofield, Banzi and Tocci) all leave the program. Also on the way to the start, Carafoli, a three-season starting goalie, ended her career with 23 shutouts to her name.
“We will be looking for young people to step in as scorers next season,” said Foley. “This group had good chemistry. After what happened with COVID last season, I think they all really enjoyed being able to play a bit of a regular season again.
Rookie Abby Chambers could step in to take over some of the goal load in 2022. Juniors Grace Wetherell and Emily O’Connell will return to midfield while junior Bella Rochelle, junior Julianna Andrews and sophomore Mackenzie Hohulin have all played a lot of defense minutes this season.
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