After the RVAL Championship game, girls came out a little flat against an improved and physical Winchendon School team. A couple of early goals put us on our heels. A scramble off a corner kick allowed Adunni Abrams (Brooklyn, NY) to get free in front to score to make the game closer. Dublin elevated play in the second half and Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) curved a ball in off the near post to make it a two-goal game with about 10 minutes to play. However, Winchendon answered shortly thereafter to put the game out of reach.
On a very wet, muddy soccer pitch, Dublin girls achieved what no other school has been able ever to accomplish - to defeat Stoneleigh Burnham School in the RVAL Girls Soccer Championships. After an undefeated RVAL season, the girls stormed through the three-game playoffs, scoring 19 goals and giving up none. In the Championship game, the Dublin girls scored early on a deflection by Adunni Abrams (Brooklyn, NY) and then added a second goal from Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) in the first half. As the rain built, field conditions deteriorated to the point where it was close to impossible to dribble or make even a short pass. The adverse conditions limited offensive opportunities in the second half for both teams. The defense was stout, and on the few breakdowns that occurred, senior goalie Zoe Hewitt (Keene, NH) stood tall preserving her playoff shutout streak.
Girls advance to RVAL Final with a 6-0 win over Eagle Hill School. Girls scored less than a minute into the game and methodically built a 5-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Dublin rested many of the starters and first and second-year players protected the lead allowing goalie Zoe Hewitt (Keene, NH) to record the shutout.
Scoring for Dublin: Seniors Mia Brady (Hancock, NH) 1A; Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) 2G 1A; Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH) 3G 1A; and Freshman Liza Runyon (Peterborough, NH) 1G.
#1 seed Dublin girls advance in the RVAL Tournament to the semifinal round with a 11-0 victory over 8th seed Buxton School. On a rainy afternoon, Dublin scored early and maintained constant control of the gamey. Goals were scored by Adunni Abrams, Liza Runyon, Stella Davis, Bette Imhoff, Robyn McIntosh, and Gabriela Quintero. Dublin's defense had a moderately quiet game repelling any Buxton attack with efficiency and poise. The woman of the match was Gabriela Quintero for scoring her first goal of her Dublin career and playing well in the forward position.
Girls soccer faced off against BART Charter Public School this Saturday at home. They came away with a strong 6-0 victory, marking their 5th win in the River Valley Athletic League. Dublin came out strong with a goal by Stella Davis within the first few minutes. This was followed by goals by Liza Runyon, Bette Imhoff, and Adunni Abrams, with no more than a few BART counter attacks within that span. The Dublin defense held strong against any BART attackers and Zoe Hewitt had three total saves. Tatiyana Dunkers and McLaren Bristol coordinated a strong defensive line and had key clears up the field when BART went on the offensive.
On Wednesday, Dublin school traveled to the Seacoast Sports Complex to face off against the Hyde School. Dublin struggled to communicate and organize in the first half, resulting in 3 Hyde goals in the half. Despite the constant offensive threat from Hyde, Zoe Hewitt was able to come away with multiple saves and solid downfield punts. The Dublin midfield struggled to hinder strong passing from Hyde and ultimately went more defensive as the game progressed. In the second half, it was much the same story, although Dublin improved communication and was able to hold Hyde to only one goal in the second half. Dublin also managed to draw a penalty kick in the final 5 minutes which Stella Davis promptly scored on. This would remain the only Dublin goal as the game came to an end.
Girls took on defending NEPSAC Class D Champion Vermont Academy today. Vermont Academy showed their skill and physicality, amassing an early 3-0 lead. From there Dublin settled down and played with more discipline and was able to increase its intensity level. Senior goalie Zoe Hewitt (Keene, NH), playing in her first game of the year was outstanding in goal, turning away multiple Vermont Academy threats. However, Dublin could not mount a credible threat to Vermont Academy. The half ended with Dublin down 4-0.
Girls played a well-coached but young team from Putney School on Wednesday. Putney lost 12 players to graduation last year. With the strength of the Dublin team in our senior class, the mismatch in experience was telling on the field. Dublin dominated both in terms of possession and scoring. The dominant midfield play of Robyn McIntosh (Chelsea, Canada) and Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH) coupled with a solid defensive showing limited any Putney penetrations.