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Division 3 girls soccer: Nora Young powers Granby past Uxbridge in state semifinal

  • Granby goalie Julia Gauvin blocks a shot from Uxbridge during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Granby goalie Julia Gauvin catches a shot from Uxbridge during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Julia Frappier, left, of Granby, heads the ball beside Lindsey Moss, of Uxbridge, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Granby goalie Julia Gauvin, right, stops a shot from Lindsey Moss, of Uxbridge, left, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Madison Sexton, center right, of Granby, passes against Lindsey Moss, of Uxbridge, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. Looking on are Emily Vallee, left, and Ali Parent. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Julia Frappier, second from left, of Granby, goes to the ball against C.C. Schleinitz, right, of Uxbridge, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Ella Laliberte, right, of Granby, defends Bella Borjeson-Troupe, of Uxbridge, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Julia Frappier, right, of Granby, passes as Elena Franzosa, of Uxbridge, approaches during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Dana Chateauneuf, center, of Granby, moves the ball against Uxbridge during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Granby palyers Nora Young from left, Gabby Walz and Ella Laliberte celebrate Walz's goal against Uxbridge during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Gabby Walz, top, of Granby, heads the ball beside Haley Archambault, of Uxbridge, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, center, of Granby, splits Uxbridge defenders Eilish Linnehan, left, and Madeleine Schleinitz during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Gabby Walz, left, of Granby, scores while defended by Maia Harris, of Uxbridge, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Trystin Burger, right, of Granby, passes ahead of Uxbridge defenders Bella Borjeson-Troupe, left, and Elena Franzosa during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Madison Sexton, of Granby, celebrates after her team's 2-1 win against Uxbridge in the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, right, of Granby, scores the tie-breaking goal while defended by Madeleine Schleinitz, of Uxbridge, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, left, of Granby, celebrates her tie-breaking goal with Julia Frappier, top, and Trystin Burger during their 2-1 win against Uxbridge in the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Julia Frappier, right, of Granby, shoots against Uxbridge goalie Sydney Bretana, left, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. The shot went past Bretana, but missed the goal. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Nora Young, left, of Granby, moves the ball ahead of Madeleine Schleinitz, of Uxbridge, during the Division 4 state semifinal, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. —STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS



Staff writer
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

CHICOPEE — Nora Young’s green light illuminated the moment she crossed the half field line.

Julia Frappier slipped her a through ball in the 45th minute in a tied Division 4 girls soccer state semifinal. Young had one defender in front and to the left of her, and two slightly behind on the right. The Granby junior took one touch to the left and eliminated all three from the play. Uxbridge keeper Sydney Bretana stood closer to the penalty spot than the goal line. Young sized up a shot from 34 yards out and unleashed with her left foot.

“It was an absolutely perfect ball (from Frappier), it made my job so easy,” Young said. “Then I just kicked it.”

The ball sailed over Bretana and under the crossbar, shaking the goal’s back netting.

“We knew they played a high offside trap and their goalie played way out,” Granby coach Bob Weaver said. “We talked yesterday about letting it fly. As soon as she hit it, you knew it was in.”

Young’s strike put Granby ahead 2-1 and that scoreline held, Wednesday at Chicopee Comp, to push the Rams through to the state title game for the first time since 2013. Granby will face South sectional champion Millis in the state final Saturday at Worcester State.

The Rams (16-5-1) snapped a three-year losing streak in the state semifinals. They played in Division 3 in 2015 and 2016 and in Division 4 last year, falling to Millbury each time.

“Wow, it was just wow, absolutely crazy,” Young said. “I can’t explain it.”

Granby conceded the first goal in the 26th minute. Jenny Frick carried the ball down the end line and laid a pass back to Bella Borjeson-Troupe, who fired low for a 1-0 lead.

“We were like ‘wow we need to get our crap together,’” Granby senior Trystin Burger said.

The Rams dictated play for the rest of the half. Young found a pocket of space in the 67th minute and sent a shot diagonally toward the goal. It slipped through Bretana’s fingers and headed toward the endline for a corner. Then Granby freshman Gabby Walz charged in sliding and redirected the ball back into the net to tie the game.

“That was pure hustle from that kid,” Young said. “Hustle and toughness just throwing her body into the net.”

Once Granby tied the game, keeper Julia Gauvin kept the teams level. When the Rams went ahead, she made sure they stayed there. Gauvin stopped 18 shots, her season high.

“She’s only played goal for two years. The strides that she’s made from Day 1 to now,” Granby coach Bob Weaver said. “She texts me during the day to tell me she needs a big game like last year. I knew she was up for it.”

After Young’s go-ahead goal, the Rams needed to survive 35 minutes of frigid soccer to return to the state final. The defense stayed organized and targeted Young up top to move the ball forward.

“I wasn’t really looking at the clock a lot,” Young said. “We knew to defend a little bit more.”

After the final whistle sounded, Granby’s bench and outfield players sprinted to tackle Gauvin and pile on her. They exclaimed, “we did it!” and tried not to cry because of the freezing temperatures.

“It’s going to be a game we’ve never gotten to. We’re gonna go straight into it, all out, like we did the last half of that game,” Burger said. “We ran our butts off and I think that’s what we’re going to go into that game starting with.”

Kyle Grabowski can be reached at kgrabowski@gazettenet.com. Follow him on Twitter @kylegrbwsk.