Division 4 girls soccer: Two-goal spurt sinks Granby in championship loss to Millis

  • Trystin Burger, right, of Granby makes a play in the state Division 4 championship, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Millis won for the second year, 2-0. Nicole Goodhue Boyd

  • Trystin Burger, left, of Granby, kicks the ball past Millis’ Erin Mundy in the state Division 4 championship, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Millis won for the second year, 2-0. Nicole Goodhue Boyd

  • Madison Sexton, of Granby, makes a play against Millis in the state Division 4 championship, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Millis won for the second year, 2-0. Nicole Goodhue Boyd

  • Allie Parent, left, of Granby, controls the ball against Millis in the state Division 4 championship, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Millis won for the second year, 2-0. Nicole Goodhue Boyd

  • Cheyenne Whelan, right, of Millis, and Trystin Burger, left of Granby, battle for possession in the state Division 4 championship, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Millis won for the second year, 2-0. Nicole Goodhue Boyd

  • Nora Young, of Granby, controls the ball against Millis in the state Division 4 championship, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Millis won for the second year, 2-0. Nicole Goodhue Boyd

  • Trystin Burger, right, of Granby, collides with Millis’ Erin Mundy in the state Division 4 championship, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Millis won for the second year, 2-0. Nicole Goodhue Boyd

  • Ella Laliberte, right, of Granby, and Millis’ Devon Gatz battle for possession in the state Division 4 championship, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Millis won for the second year, 2-0. Nicole Goodhue Boyd

  • Millis’ Erin Mundy, left, and Julia Frappier, right, of Millis, compete for possession in the state Division 4 championship, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Millis won for the second year, 2-0. Nicole Goodhue Boyd

  • Dana Chateauneuf, center, and the Granby girls soccer team react following their 2-0 loss to Millis in the state Division 4 championship, Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. Nicole Goodhue Boyd

Staff writer
Published: 11/17/2018 9:50:20 PM

DANVERS — The St. John’s Prep scoreboard clock froze at 2:00. Granby and Millis were tied without a goal in the last two minutes of the state Division 4 girls soccer state championship, as the referees kept time on the field.

The Rams nearly made it to halftime level with the defending state champions in pursuit of a title of their own. Those last two minutes on the referee’s watch proved terminal for Granby’s state title chances.

Following a throw-in, Abigail Miller flicked the ball over to Jordyn Ferrantino with her head on the left side of the goal. Ferrantino had her defender on her back, turned to her right side and lifted the ball into the net.

“You can’t take that first goal away from them, that goal was beautiful,” Granby senior Trystin Burger said.

A one-goal deficit appeared manageable. The Rams overcame that to beat Uxbridge in the state semifinals.

In the dying moments of the first half, the defending state champions struck again off a nearly identical play from the other side of the field. Grace Jewett backed down her defender after receiving a throw-in, turned around and banged a shot into the top-right corner.

“The second goal was basically chaos and a hard shot,” Granby senior defender Madison Sexton said.

Millis’ 2-0 halftime lead stood until the end, and the Mohawks claimed their second straight Division 4 title. Granby was playing in its first state title game since 2013. The Rams (16-6-1) reached the state final after three consecutive losses in the state semifinals. They’ve won four Western Massachusetts championships in a row.

“That’s an accomplishment in itself, really,” Burger said.

Granby played Millis evenly through the first half and kept the Mohawks out of the net in the second half. The Rams just struggled to create reliable possession in dangerous areas of the field.

“They knew who our players were. They were such good defenders that they were able to not allow us to turn,” Burger said.

Granby coach Bob Weaver stressed starting the match strong after the Rams went down early in the state semifinals. The Rams may have played the early stages of the match too defensively.

“Midway through I thought we organized ourself better. We needed to organize our attack better,” he said. ” We were playing, I don’t want to say scared, but it seemed everywhere we hit, we were hitting red (Millis’ jersey color).”

It was the final game for Granby seniors Sexton, Summer Molin and Burger. Their careers included two sectional titles in Division 4 and two in Division 3.

“This group has accomplished a ton,” Weaver said. “They’re going to be truly missed.”

Granby will only lose two starters from its finalist lineup. Molin didn’t play in the stretch run because of a torn ACL.

Leading scorer Nora Young and her 36 points (25 goals, 11 assists) will be back along with keeper Julia Gauvin.

“I want these girls to keep pushing forward, keep going with our streak,” Burger said.




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