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Division 4 girls soccer: Granby falls to Millbury in third straight state semifinal matchup

  • Summer Molin, left, of Granby, moves the ball against Kayla Turner, of Millbury, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Tuesday in Marlborough. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Summer Molin, left, of Granby, races to to the ball against Kayla Turner, of Millbury, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Tuesday in Marlborough. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Kayla McCreary, left, of Granby, goes to the ball against Meghan Walsh, of Millbury, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Tuesday in Marlborough. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Allie Parent, left, of Granby, moves the ball against Meghan Walsh, of Millbury, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Tuesday in Marlborough. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Kaeleigh Croteau, left, of Granby, passes ahead of Meghan Walsh, of Millbury, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Tuesday in Marlborough. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Summer Molin, left, of Granby, moves the ball amid Millbury defenders Meghan Walsh, center, and Kayla Turner during the Division 4 state semifinal, Tuesday in Marlborough. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, left, of Granby, and Cameron Wilbur, of Millbury, jostle for the ball during the Division 4 state semifinal, Tuesday in Marlborough. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Kayla Tudryn, left, of Granby, offers a hand to teammate Kaeleigh Croteau after their 2-1 loss to Millbury in the Division 4 state semifinal, Tuesday in Marlborough. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Kayla Tudryn, left, of Granby, moves the ball against Riley Clark, of Millbury, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Tuesday in Marlborough. —GAZETTE STAFF/JERREY ROBERTS



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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

MARLBOROUGH — For the third consecutive year, the Granby girls soccer team could not solve Millbury.

The Rams lost 2-1 to the Woolies in the state Division 4 semifinals at Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School Tuesday.

The previous two seasons saw Millbury end Granby’s season in the state Division 3 semifinals.

“I have no clue what the mystery is,” Granby coach Bob Weaver said. “It’s just two great programs that fight their way through their brackets and end up here. It’s a game of inches, that’s all it was.”

The Rams (13-6-3) held the lead throughout most of the game. A high, sailing direct kick from just under 30 yards out by Nora Young gave Granby the lead in the 28th minute.

Before the goal, Granby weathered an early onslaught from the Woolies. Julia Gauvin’s play in net kept the game scoreless. Gauvin had 11 saves, with six coming early.

Before the season started, who was going to play goalie was a question mark for the Rams. Gauvin stepped in and maybe saved her best for state semifinals.

Gauvin attacked with aggressiveness, and went vertical and horizontal for multiple saves. She made challenging saves in the second half to keep the game tied for Granby.

“I think it’s the whole team that kept us in it,” Gauvin said. “Even though we lost we stuck in it the whole game. That’s all that matters.”

The lead stood until a hand ball awarded Millbury a penalty kick with 31 minutes, 4 second left in the game. Jenna Nasuti buried the penalty kick to tie the game.

“The PK just killed us,” Weaver said. “It was a momentum killer. It’s just one of those things. It was just the defense trying to play the ball and a bad bounce.”

After the penalty kick, Millbury’s play picked up, but the Rams rallied around their keeper.

“(My teammates) boosted me up for it and picked me up after it went in,” Gauvin said. “I think I could have honestly gotten it. They told me it wasn’t my fault. That helped my motivation.”

The momentum shift led to the Woolies’ go-ahead goal. Millbury took the lead for good when Nasuti’s shot rifled past Gauvin with eight minutes left in the game.

Outside of Young’s goal, the Rams did not have much offense, with five shots all handled by Millbury keeper Gabrielle Hunt.

Midfielder Trystin Burger, who had 10 goals and eight assists during the season, was all over both sides of the field for Granby. Summer Molin, who had 22 goals this season, was aggressive and attacked the whole game, but just could not find an opening against a stingy Milbury defense.

Seniors Kayla Tudryn, Rachel Netta, Mallory Beauregard and Alexis Strycharz played their last game for Granby.

“There leadership and effort was tremendous,” Weaver said.

There was an extensive injury timeout with the game tied 1-1 with 27 minutes left. After Young collected a pass, she turned to shoot with Millbury’s Caitlyn Wilbur next to her. The shot went out of bounds but Wilbur went down.

The game stopped for about 20 minutes as an ambulance came for Wilbur.

Millbury (13-4-5) will play Millis (16-2-2) for the state championship.