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Belchertown girls soccer second in state Division 2

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Brittany Moreau is smothered by the defense of Medfield's Lauren Petit Saturday in the state final matchup at Worcester State. Medfield won, 3-1.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Belchertown's Brittany Moreau is smothered by the defense of Medfield's Lauren Petit Saturday in the state final matchup at Worcester State. Medfield won, 3-1. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Kelsey Shea, Bryanna Veroneau, and Jacqueline Soucia  try to digest their 3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Belchertown's Kelsey Shea, Bryanna Veroneau, and Jacqueline Soucia try to digest their 3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Abbey Norden leaps into the arms of Jillian Cavanaugh after Cavanaugh scored Belchertown's only goal in their 3-1 loss against Medfield Saturday at Worcester State for the state final.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Belchertown's Abbey Norden leaps into the arms of Jillian Cavanaugh after Cavanaugh scored Belchertown's only goal in their 3-1 loss against Medfield Saturday at Worcester State for the state final. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Belchertown girls wave to their fans in the stands before their state final matchup against Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS

    Belchertown girls wave to their fans in the stands before their state final matchup against Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.
    JOSH KUCKENS Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Breanne Moreau is introduced before her team's state final matchup against Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Belchertown's Breanne Moreau is introduced before her team's state final matchup against Medfield Saturday at Worcester State. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Abbey Norden cannot hold back tears as she tries to digest her team's  3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Belchertown's Abbey Norden cannot hold back tears as she tries to digest her team's 3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown goalie Sarah LaClair and Abbey Norden try to digest their 3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Belchertown goalie Sarah LaClair and Abbey Norden try to digest their 3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown goalie Sarah LaClair and Natalie Caney try to digest their 3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Belchertown goalie Sarah LaClair and Natalie Caney try to digest their 3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Breanne Moreau displays her displeasure with the officiating in her team's state final matchup against Medfield Saturday at Worcester State. Medfield won 3-1.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Belchertown's Breanne Moreau displays her displeasure with the officiating in her team's state final matchup against Medfield Saturday at Worcester State. Medfield won 3-1. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Brittany Moreau is smothered by the  Medfield defense Saturday in the state final matchup at Worcester State. Medfield won, 3-1.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Belchertown's Brittany Moreau is smothered by the Medfield defense Saturday in the state final matchup at Worcester State. Medfield won, 3-1. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Bryanna Veroneau and Kelsey Shea try to digest their 3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Belchertown's Bryanna Veroneau and Kelsey Shea try to digest their 3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Kelsey Shea, Bryanna Veroneau and Jackie Soucia, from left, of Belchertown react after their 3-1 loss to Medfield on Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state championship at Worcester State University.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Kelsey Shea, Bryanna Veroneau and Jackie Soucia, from left, of Belchertown react after their 3-1 loss to Medfield on Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state championship at Worcester State University. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Bryanna Veroneau and Kelsey Shea, back, of Belchertown react after their 3-1 loss to Medfield on Saturday during the Division 2 girls soccer state championship at Worcester State University.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Bryanna Veroneau and Kelsey Shea, back, of Belchertown react after their 3-1 loss to Medfield on Saturday during the Division 2 girls soccer state championship at Worcester State University. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Abbey Norden leaps into the arms of Belchertown teammate Jillian Cavanaugh after Cavanaugh scored the Orioles' only goal in their 3-1 loss to Medfield on Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state final at Worcester State University.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Abbey Norden leaps into the arms of Belchertown teammate Jillian Cavanaugh after Cavanaugh scored the Orioles' only goal in their 3-1 loss to Medfield on Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state final at Worcester State University. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Brittany Moreau, right, of Belchertown attempts to move the ball against the  Medfield defense Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state final at Worcester State University. Medfield won 3-1.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Brittany Moreau, right, of Belchertown attempts to move the ball against the Medfield defense Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state final at Worcester State University. Medfield won 3-1. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Breanne Moreau, front. of Belchertown, reacts during the Division 2 girls soccer state championshp game against Medfield on Saturday at Worcester State University. Medfield won 3-1.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Breanne Moreau, front. of Belchertown, reacts during the Division 2 girls soccer state championshp game against Medfield on Saturday at Worcester State University. Medfield won 3-1. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Abbey Norden of Belchertown reacts after her team's 3-1 loss to Medfield on Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state final at Worcester State University.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Abbey Norden of Belchertown reacts after her team's 3-1 loss to Medfield on Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state final at Worcester State University. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Brittany Moreau, left, of Belchertown, attempts to move the ball against Medfield defender Lauren Petit on Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state final at Worcester State University. Medfield won 3-1.

    JOSH KUCKENS
    Brittany Moreau, left, of Belchertown, attempts to move the ball against Medfield defender Lauren Petit on Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state final at Worcester State University. Medfield won 3-1. Purchase photo reprints »

  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Brittany Moreau is smothered by the defense of Medfield's Lauren Petit Saturday in the state final matchup at Worcester State. Medfield won, 3-1.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Kelsey Shea, Bryanna Veroneau, and Jacqueline Soucia  try to digest their 3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Abbey Norden leaps into the arms of Jillian Cavanaugh after Cavanaugh scored Belchertown's only goal in their 3-1 loss against Medfield Saturday at Worcester State for the state final.
  • Belchertown girls wave to their fans in the stands before their state final matchup against Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.<br/>JOSH KUCKENS
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Breanne Moreau is introduced before her team's state final matchup against Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Abbey Norden cannot hold back tears as she tries to digest her team's  3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown goalie Sarah LaClair and Abbey Norden try to digest their 3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown goalie Sarah LaClair and Natalie Caney try to digest their 3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Breanne Moreau displays her displeasure with the officiating in her team's state final matchup against Medfield Saturday at Worcester State. Medfield won 3-1.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Brittany Moreau is smothered by the  Medfield defense Saturday in the state final matchup at Worcester State. Medfield won, 3-1.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Belchertown's Bryanna Veroneau and Kelsey Shea try to digest their 3-1 state final loss to Medfield Saturday at Worcester State.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Kelsey Shea, Bryanna Veroneau and Jackie Soucia, from left, of Belchertown react after their 3-1 loss to Medfield on Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state championship at Worcester State University.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Bryanna Veroneau and Kelsey Shea, back, of Belchertown react after their 3-1 loss to Medfield on Saturday during the Division 2 girls soccer state championship at Worcester State University.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Abbey Norden leaps into the arms of Belchertown teammate Jillian Cavanaugh after Cavanaugh scored the Orioles' only goal in their 3-1 loss to Medfield on Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state final at Worcester State University.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Brittany Moreau, right, of Belchertown attempts to move the ball against the  Medfield defense Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state final at Worcester State University. Medfield won 3-1.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Breanne Moreau, front. of Belchertown, reacts during the Division 2 girls soccer state championshp game against Medfield on Saturday at Worcester State University. Medfield won 3-1.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Abbey Norden of Belchertown reacts after her team's 3-1 loss to Medfield on Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state final at Worcester State University.
  • JOSH KUCKENS<br/>Brittany Moreau, left, of Belchertown, attempts to move the ball against Medfield defender Lauren Petit on Saturday in the Division 2 girls soccer state final at Worcester State University. Medfield won 3-1.

So the Orioles found themselves in an unfamiliar situation when they fell behind by a pair and could not complete a comeback in a 3-1 loss to Medfield at John F. Coughlin Field on the campus of Worcester State University.

“This game was really fun to play in, and Medfield is clearly the best team we’ve played all season,” said junior midfielder Brittany Moreau. “It stinks to lose, but we came out a little nervous. They’re a good kickball team, and that’s not really our strength. We just couldn’t get into our own game.”

The Warriors (21-0-3) played a well-disciplined defensive game and took advantage of their counterattacks against the three-time western Massachusetts champions.

“They did a good job keeping the ball down our end of the field, and they’re strong and physical,” said Belchertown coach Chris Mogavero. “They bottled us in. They only had a few chances, but they certainly capitalized.”

Medfield claimed its second state crown in three seasons. Junior forward Cameryn McCurdy scored a pair of goals, including a beautiful tally in the final minutes that put the game away.

The Orioles (20-1-2) lost for the first time all season and reached their first state championship match since 2004.

“They were in our half a lot more than we’re used to, and that’s not what we wanted,” said senior forward and co-captain Natalie Caney. “They’re a really good team that kept us from connecting on some things we wanted to do. So it was difficult to take.”

For the first time all season, an opponent consistently took away Belchertown’s space through the midfield and in the offensive zone. Defenders Jennifer Narlee and Lauren Petit as well as midfielders Lauren Rimmel and Nicole Busa all played solid games for the Warriors who contained the Orioles’ top five scorers.

The game developed into a ground against air matchup, as Belchertown’s quickness and ball movement was matched by a Medfield squad content to loft the ball in the air.

“They were a lot bigger than us, so when the ball was in the air they were able to win most of the balls,” said Moreau. “. . . They were always at the spot they needed to be in, just a very strong team defensively.”

Caney added, “It definitely threw us off to play another team that could match us. Really only East Longmeadow this season played us anywhere as tough as Medfield did. It was a little surprising how good they were, but we knew what we were in for.”

The Warriors broke out on top in the 16th minute as forward Krista Pinciaro crossed from the left to McCurdy who repositioned herself and calmly placed the ball past Orioles goalkeeper Sarah LaClair.

Just over 10 minutes later, Pinciaro took a corner kick and her left-footed boot eluded traffic. As LaClair came out to play the ball it went off her outstretched fingers and in the net.

Being behind “put us in a little different situation than we’re used to, but we regrouped well at halftime and got back into the game,” Mogavero said. “We changed things up a bit and tried to make some things happen, but Medfield wouldn’t afford us the chances we’re used to.”

Belchertown cut its deficit in half in the 47th minute. Awarded a direct kick from 42 yards out, Jillian Lund’s boot was headed home by Jill Cavanaugh.

“Jill got in behind them unmarked, and she’s tremendous in the air, a great ball-winner,” said Mogavero. “It was great to see her get one there, and she nearly got another one later, which would have really tipped the momentum.”

Medfield seemed content to defend its advantage, and the Orioles continued their attack. Just under the 30-minute mark, Cavanaugh nearly tied it on a similar play. This time Christina Delude put the kick near the far post, and Cavanaugh headed it just high and wide left.

“When it was 2-0 at the half, we thought we could come back,” said Moreau. “We hadn’t been behind much all season, but our team is so close and plays so well together that we still felt good about our chances. We got one back pretty quickly, which helped us get going, but things just didn’t go our way the rest of the game.”

Soon after Cavanaugh’s miss, Caney received a pass in the box and tried a turnaround shot, but it was blocked and cleared.

With 10:30 left, Caney sent a lead pass to Moreau ahead of the defense. But Warriors goalkeeper Mimi Borkan (six saves) sprinted to the spot and dove to thwart the chance.

As Belchertown continued to fight for the equalizer in the final minutes, McCurdy put it away in the final two minutes. She gained possession up the right side, cut to the middle and tucked the shot inside the right post.

“We definitely came out strong in the second half,” Caney said. “We calmed ourselves down a bit and slowed down and connected on the passes. But somehow after we scored we lost momentum.”

The Orioles’ defense had to withstand pressure from a dynamic group of forwards. They did keep star striker Katelyn Murray scoreless.

Belchertown backs Abbey Norden and Emily Silva each blocked shots within scoring range. LaClair saw as much action in front of her net as she had all year and made four saves.

The loss marked the final game for Orioles seniors Caney, Lund, Norden, Silva and Kristen Lynch. The class played in four sectional title games and won three western Massachusetts championships before finishing as runners-up in the state.

“All our seniors were great, they all contributed in their own way,” said Mogavero. “They brought everyone on the team together and were great leaders. Always positive, always representing the team well. It will be sad to see them go.”

Michael Wilkinson can be reached at mwilkinson@gazettenet.com.

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