Coach’s Corner ~ Girls’ Varsity Soccer

 Fall 2016

Wednesday September 22, 2016
MacDuffie  7   Eagle Hill  0

On September 22nd the Girls JV team played Eagle Hill,  It was a great first outing for the MacDuffie Girls. Our first goal was scored by Jordyn Shepard on a nicely placed free kick, sliding past the defense and goalie.  She would later connect on one more late in the second half. Emmi Nunes would account for two more of the MacDuffie goals as she, along with Cassidy Lu, Lily Griffin, Ade Olua, Lucia Deda, Yvette Papare, Samantha Jaques and others, kept the Eagle Hill defense on their heels for most of the game. Our strong defensive line that included Prisheila Pandori, Piper Polga, Madilyn Hernandez and Hannah Sudsbury held the Eagle Hill attack at bay allowing only two shots on goal all game. Goal-keeper Megan Jaques walked off at half time with a clean sheet to be replaced by Samantha who also finished the game with a clean sheet. In the second half we had many players getting some shots, which bodes well for us moving forward. Midfielder Jillian Ouimet had a rocket of a goal in the second half moving the score up and giving us some padding. Our MacDuffie girls worked well in feeding each other the ball with give and go passes. Our final goal scored by Kasia Ludkiewicz, who had been itching for a goal all day, increased our lead to 7-0. Lily, playing on the outside wing, worked with the other midfielders to keep moving the ball up the line. By the end of the game we had outshot Eagle Hill 20-2, with a few girls playing in their first game ever. It was a great showing by MacDuffie as we move onto our next game away on Wednesday September 28th.

 

Saturday September 17, 2016
MacDuffie  3  St.Lukes  2

A first half hat trick by Ania Ludkiewicz gave the Mustangs an impressive lead at half time.  St.Lukes came back strong during the second half, scoring 2 goals, one from the penalty spot, but MacDuffie held on to earn the win in a very tough game.

MVP  Ala Legowski and Ania Ludkiewicz

Wednesday September 14, 2016
MacDuffe  1   Ethel Walker  0
A turn and quick strike from inside the box by Mia Levesque, on the stroke of half time, was enough to secure a win for the Mustangs in their home opener.  A solid performance by the whole team against a strong opponent.

MVP  Ania :udkiewicz

Saturday September 10, 2016
Lincoln School  2  MacDuffie 3

MacDuffie Girls Varsity Soccer opened the season with a long drive to Rehoboth, MA to take on Class C Lincoln School.  This was the first ever match up between the two teams.  On a beautiful grass field MacDuffie looked rusty in their possession of the ball, and struggled to gain momentum in the opening minutes.  The Lincoln goalkeeper was on fine form, saving 3 goal bound shots in the first 20 minutes.  Lincoln took the lead midway through the half from a long range shot.  This seemed to motivate the Mustangs, who quickly gained control of the game in midfield, and it wasn’t long before Ania Ludkiewicz danced her way into the box, and this time gave the keeper no chance.  MacDuffie continued to dominate possession, and amounted numerous shot on goal, but the keeper was in inspired form.  With 10 minutes remaining the impressive Lincoln striker latched onto a through ball, touched the ball beyond keeper Ryleigh Cauley, and passed the ball goal bound, which just managed to beat the defenders effort to clear off the line.  The all out MacDuffie attack grew even stronger, and within 3 minutes Ania scored her second after a shot that was saved onto the post, but she reacted the quickest to rifle home from close range.  With time running out, Ania chased down a ball down the left wing and crossed into the box, where it was met by a perfectly timed run by Mia Levesque who delicately touched the ball beyond the advancing keeper and side footed the ball into the open goal to seal a MacDuffie win.

MVP  Ania Ludkiewicz

 

Fall 2015

NEPSAC Final
Sunday November 22, 2015
at The Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT
MacDuffie  3   Hamden Hall 1

In a repeat of last year’s final MacDuffie played Hamden Hall for the New England Class D crown, but this time MacDuffie came into the game as the higher seed and defending champions.  MacDuffie took control of the game from the start, winning possession in midfield through Julia Cloutier, Sam Jenks and Cassidy Bailey.  MacDuffie’s attack was enjoying much of the ball.  The Mustangs took a deserved lead after 14 minutes.  The impressive Emilee Auclair surged down the left and crossed perfectly into the 6-yard box where Ania Ludkiewicz beat several Hamden Hall defenders to slot home.  Mia Levesque added a second 11 minutes later on a through ball from Cassidy Bailey.  Mia rounded the keeper to calmly stroke the ball into the empty net. Within a minute Hamden Hall found themselves back in the game.  A long floating ball into the box found it’s way into the roof of the net despite keeper Ryleigh Cauley’s attempt to flick it over the bar.  After the break MacDuffie regained their confidence and started to stroke the ball around the field.  After 7 minutes Ania broke free from a couple of challenges and crossed the ball into the advancing Mia Levesque who slammed the ball home to regain the 2 goal advantage.  MacDuffie created several other good chances before the end, but the Hamden Hall keeper was equal to it.  The MacDuffie defence of Jordan Bailey, Talia Wiesel, and Grace Drost were solid throughout the game.  The final whistle was greeted by pure excitement as the young MacDuffie girls earned their second New England Championship in successive years.

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The Lady Mustangs with the Western New England regular season Champions Bowl and the New England Class D Championship trophy.
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The final whistle confirms the second Championship in as many years.

NEPSAC Semi Final
Saturday November 21, 2015
MacDuffie 1   Vermont Academy 0

A goal from Ania Ludkiewicz, on an assist from Grace Drost, was enough to put MacDuffie into the final. Vermont’s physical presence and high pressure was the main feature of the first half.  MacDuffie’s game in the second half was more composed with greater purpose.  MacDuffie out-shot their opponents 16-3, but were unable to add a cushion to the score.  A late corner by Vermont Academy brought a last second save from Ryleigh Cauley in the MacDuffie goal to clinch the Mustangs a ticket to their second consecutive final. Their opponents will be Hamden Hall, a repeat of the 2014 final.  Kick off at 1pm at the Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT.

NEPSAC Quarter Final
Wednesday November 18, 2015
MacDuffie 7   Williams 0

MacDuffie Mustangs got an, early goal within the first 2 minutes when Cassidy Bailey (’17) burst through from the midfield and slotted home in the right corner of the goal, assisted by Emilee Auclair (’18).  After 11 minutes Ania Ludkiewicz (’19) got her first on a cross from Mia Levesque (’19).  Four minutes later Talia Wiesel (’19) hit the roof of the net from 25 yards out, on a feed from Mia.  Ania made ut 4-0 just a minute later, on a through ball from Sam Jenks (’19).  Ania completed her first half hat-trick 3 minutes before the break on a pass from her sister Kasia (’21).  The second half started with more MacDuffie goals.   After 8 minutes Cassidy Bailey got her second on a pass from Mia.  Seven minutes later Grace Drost (’20) got her goal after a neat give and go with Cassidy on the edge of the box.  With the win, MacDuffie progress to the semi-final on Saturday when they host Vermont Academy.  Kick off 12:30pm.

Wednesday October 21, 2015
Berkshire  0   MacDuffie  7

The Lady Mustangs traveled to the Berkshires to compete above their class level at Class B Berkshire School. With several injured players having to sit this one ut on the bench, this was going to be a tough game. The Mustangs started positively and scored within the first 5 minutes. A strong run into the box by Ania Ludkiewicz (’19) ended with a low cross that was met perfectly by the advancing Ala Legowski (’19). Ania became the scorer after 10 minutes on a pass from Cassidy Bailey (’17). Mia Levesque (’19) added added two goals of her own after 12 and 17 minutes; the second on a pass from Ala. Ala again was the provider after 30 minutes with a delightful through ball that left Ania with a one-on-one with teh keeper, and Ania rarely misses those opportunities. Five nil at the half, with MacDuffie playing some high intensity attacking play. During the second half the Mustangs played more of a possession game. They added two more goals before the final whistle, one from Haley Moriarty (’19) on a pass from Samantha Jenks (’19), The second goal came from the penalty spot, as a result of a foul on Ania. Jordan Bailey (’16) stepped up to drive the ball into the roof of the net. Final score 7- nil. The opposing coach identified Ania and Cassidy as the game’s MVP’s.

Friday October 9, 2015
Forman  0   MacDuffie  9

Three days in three days and the Lady Mustangs were still going strong.  In a one-sided contest, MacDuffie were rarely troubled.  MVP and Sportsmanship Award  Julia Cloutier.

Thursday October 8, 2015
MacDuffie  11  St. Andrew’s  0

The second game in a trilogy of games in 3 days, MacDuffie entertained the 2014 #8 seed St. Andrew’s from Rhode Island.  On a traditional school community day – Mountain Day – the Lady Mustang’s game was sandwiched between a hike up Skinner Mountain and the Candlelight ceremony.  MacDuffie dominated throughout with goals from Mia Levesque (x3), Chloe Laduke (x2), Grace Drost (x2), Cassidy Bailey, Emilee Auclair, Ania Ludkiewicz and Ryleigh Cauley.  MVP’s  Mia and Cassidy.

Wednesday October 7, 2015
MacDuffie 4   Dexter-Southfield 2

MacDuffie faced Class D powerhouse Dexter-Southfield, a repeat of last year’s NEPSAC semi-final which saw MacDuffie clinch a 2-2 tie on penalties. MacDuffie started strong with a goal from Ania Ludkiewicz (’19) after 2 minutes on a cross from Chloe Laduke (’19). Ania scored her second goal on a solo effort after 10 minutes. The game soon settled into an even contest with Dexter-Southfield gaining more confidence with every minute. Their reward was a goal after 34 minutes. This was the wake-up call MacDuffie needed, as Ala played a ball into Ania just one minute later and Ania regained the two goal advantage on 35 minutes. Dexter-Southfield started brightly in the second half and got a goal back after 2 minutes. MacDuffie settled down and started their possession game and started to control the tempo. Ania scored her fourth goal of the game after 24 minutes on a pass from Talia Wiesel (’19). MacDuffie’s defence, led by Grace Drost (’20) and Talia Wiesel, made sure the victory stayed with MacDuffie. Final score 4-2. MVP’s Ania and Grace.

Saturday September 26, 2015
MacDuffie  8   Winchendon  0

The Mustang Ladies made it 3 for 3 with a comfortable win against Winchendon. Ania Ludkiewicz (’19) opened the scoring in the second minute, and added a second 14 minutes later with a beautiful side foot volley on a cross from Haley Moriarty (’19). Cassidy Bailey (’17) made it 3-0 three minutes later, tucking home a rebound from the cross bar after magical work from Ania in the box. Jordan Bailey (’16) added a fourth after good work by Chloe Laduke (’19) on the left wing. Chloe notched a goal of her own before the half on a delightful through ball from Talia Wiesel (’19). MacDuffie continued their dominance in the second half. Ania secured her hat-trick early in the second half, before Mia Levesque (’19) completed the scoring with a brace, the second from good interplay with Ala Legowski (’19). Goal keeper Ryleigh Cauley (’19) keeps her second successive clean sheet.  MVP’s  Ania and Cassidy.

Wednesday September 23, 2015
Junior Varsity – Miss Porters 0 MacDuffie 3

MacDuffie’s first ever Girls JV Soccer team headed to Farmington CT for their first game of the season to play Miss Porters’ 3rds team. Miss Porters dominated the early exchanges, with Mustang keeper, Megan Jacques, producing some good saves to keep the game goalless. Midway through the half, MacDuffie’s midefield of Jillian Ouimet and Luana Silveira, started to gain control, but MacDuffie were unable to get the goal they deserved before the half. MacDuffie started the second half much stronger with Emmi Nunes forcing the home keeper into several saves. However, midway through the half Emmi dribbled her way into the box and unleashed a low drive to the far corner, giving the keeper no chance on this occasion. Jessie Hurley added a second minutes later, beating the defender and keeper to roll the ball into the empty net. Emmi added her second before the final whistle to complete the scoring. Jaidan Luis and Piper Polga were solid in the defense, helping to secure a clean sheet.

Wednesday September 16, 2015
Ethel Walker 1 MacDuffie 7

The Lady Mustangs kicked off their season with a challenging visit to Class C Ethel Walker. On a beautiful day on a glorious pitch MacDuffie went straight to work. The game was only 3 minutes old Samantha Jenks (’19) scored the opener on her debut. Two minutes later Ania Ludkiewicz (’19) on a pass from another debutant Cassidy Bailey (’17) made it two. The shell shocked Ethel Walker team started to gain some confidence and pulled one back on 15 minutes. This only served to push MacDuffie further on the attack, with the inspirational Ania scoring 3 more goals before the half time whistle. In the second half Ania became provider for a goal from Emilee Auclair (’18). Cassidy Bailey scored the final goal of the game on a pass from Ala Legowski (’19). A very impressive way to start the season.   MVP’s Ania and Ala.

Fall 2014

Sunday November 16, 2014    CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

NEPSAC Play-offs – Final

Hamden Hall  1    MacDuffie 2  OT

The unbelievable continues to happen, and now the ultimate stage – the New England Championship Game.  With a large crowd of MacDuffie supporters in attendance at the Williston-Northampton fields, the Mustangs took to the field to challenge #1 seed, and another 3-time Champion, Hamden Hall from Connecticut.  Just twenty-four hours after a physically grueling and mentally (and emotionally) draining win at Dexter-Southfield, our (mostly) young team arrived in great spirit and amazingly relaxed.  They were here to enjoy every moment.  But, if there is one thing we have learned this season about these girls, it is that they do not understand, or accept, losing.  But their opponents today were a well respected, talented and physical team.   MacDuffie went right to work from the whistle, stroking the ball around the field. Still enjoying the lion share of possession, but Hamden Hall did not allow MacDuffie the total dominance we have experienced throughout the season.  This was a final, the prize is bigger than the performance, but the Mustangs were going to win this playing soccer.  After 24 mins Ania Ludkiewicz picked up the ball in midfield, went past her marker to lift a ball into the danger area where a race between the defender, goalkeeper and Maddie Levesque ensued.  Usually there is only one winner, and yes that was Maddie.  Without an ounce of fear at the prospect of a collision, Maddie neatly passed the ball into the now vacant net.  One-nil.  The exchanges were becoming more intense with each passing moment. Early in the second half, Maddie was through again, but this time the keeper came and took her down, which prevented Maddie from repeating her earlier score.  To many people’s disbelief, the referee did not award a penalty.  In the 25th minute of the second half, Hamden Hall were awarded a free-kick at the edge of the box, and they scored with a wonderful strike to the roof of the net.   With the game tied at one each, the game went into overtime.  Was this too much to ask of the Mustangs, having been through the same ordeal a day earlier?  Yes of course it was, but they just do not stop until the job was done.  They came to win.  Three minutes into the second period of overtime the dream became reality.  The reliable Ala Legowski received a pass in midfield, opened up to face the defender, and threaded an inch perfect pass into the path of the advancing Mia Levesque.  With the goalkeeper charging at her, Mia struck the ball firmly, and to the screams of ecstasy, the ball nestled into the corner of the net.  With a long seven minutes to go, the Mustangs searched even deeper to play out the game and achieve that ultimate goal.   16 games, 16 wins, and never once were they behind from the first kick of the season in September, to the refs final whistle on Championship Sunday.

Saturday November 15, 2014

NEPSAC Play-offs – Semi-Final

Dexter-Southfield  2   MacDuffie  2   (MacDuffie win 4-2 on penalty kicks)

The Mustang Girls’ soccer season is not yet over!!  On a blustery Boston suburb hill, MacDuffie faced 3-time NEPSAC Champions Dexter-Southfield.  With field-side banners reminding everybody of Dexter-Southfield’s reputation of being crowned New England Champions in 2010, 2011, and 2012, the Mustangs knew that they would have to be at their best to get a result.  With the wind at their back, MacDuffie started strong, dominating both the possession and territory.  Maddie Levesque made the break-through after 21 mins.   Good work on the right from Ava Marion resulted in a cross that crept behind the defenders to Maddie, who passed the ball into the net.  Four minutes later, on virtually an identical play, this time Ala Legowski dribbled her way into the box before squaring to Maddie, who again calmly passed the ball beyond the goalkeepers dive.  MacDuffie were growing from strength to strength, but were unable to add to their advantage before half-time.  On a day when the wind was likely to be an influence, MacDuffie had to work hard to protect their precious lead against a strong physical Dexter-Southfield team – and wind.   As a team they defended courageously, but on 65 minutes the height advantage of the Dexter-Southfield team paid off when they scored on a header from a corner.  MacDuffie continued to play hard, occasionally breaking into the opponents half.  With 10 minutes remaining, a through ball found Mia racing towards the goal, but her shot could not beat the impressive host goalkeeper.  With less than 2 minutes remaining in the game, Dexter-Southfield got their equalizer.  As a result, the teams had to fight through another 20 minutes of overtime.  With no further goals, the teams prepared themselves nervously for penalty kicks.  MacDuffie’s kickers, in order were Ania, Talia, Emilee, Ala, and Ryleigh.  With the score at 3-2 to MacDuffie’s advantage, goalkeeper Ryleigh stepped up to secure the win with a perfect shot to the corner.  Next stop, Sunday’s Final at the Williston-Northampton School.

Wednesday November 12, 2014

NEPSAC Play-offs – Quarter Finals

MacDuffie 4   Christian Heritage 0

Making history with each passing game, the Mustang ladies entered into the postseason for the first time in the school’s history.  With a 13-0 regular season  record, MacDuffie secured a 3rd seed in New England, giving them home advantage against 6th seed Christian Heritage.  Preparations did not start well when Muffin rolled her ankle during Tuesday’s practice.  The team was buoyed, however, by a huge turnout on the sidelines from students, staff, and family members.  From the start of the game,with a slight wind advantage, MacDuffie took control of possession and put pressure on the opponent’s goal.  This was very much the tale of the first half.  Mia and Ava pressing down the flanks, with Ania and Kristina holding up play at the edge of the box.  But despite a number of shots, that first goal eluded the Mustangs.  It was not until the 36th minute from a delightful through ball from Kristina, Ania glided past the last defender and rifled the ball into the far corner of the net.  In the second half, now playing against the wind, MacDuffie quickly got into their quick passing game and managed to maintain territorial dominance.  Jessie and Mia both came close to scoring, while Ava was becoming more and more influential on the right.  Ania and Ala got a stronghold in the midfield, while the back line of Mimi, Talia, Courtney and Emilee, marshaled by Ryleigh in goal, never looked troubled.  In the 34th minute Talia picked up the ball just inside the opponent’s half, strode forward, and drove a fizzing ball, from all of 25 yards into the roof of the net to make it two-nil. At that time Maddie came back on the field as striker, and within two minutes had extended the lead to three, from a wonderful cross from her sister Mia.  As Aqsa, Kasia and Masha entered the field, they helped to extend the lead  to four, with only three minutes on the clock.  A delightful pass from Ala, was taken in stride by Maddie who calmly stroked the ball into the bottom left corner.  A deserving ending to a great competitive game.  The semi-finals will take place on Saturday, November 15th, 2014.

                                                  MacDuffie                                            CH

Goals                                           4                                                           0

Anai 36 min  (Kristina)

Talia  74 min (unassisted)

Maddie  76 min  (Mia)

Maddie  78 min  (Ala)

Shots                                           29                                                           2

Saves                                           1                                                             10

Corner kicks                              7                                                              1

All-Star Players

Sunday November 16, 2014

Congratulations to Kristina Smith (’15), Ala Legowski (’19), and Ania Ludkiewicz (’19) for being selected to the Western New England All-Star Team.  The game is to be played at The Williston-Northampton School.

Season Awards

Most Valuable Player     Ania Ludkiewicz

Most Improved Player   Courtney Hurley

Coach’s Awards               Kristina Smith

Players’ Player                 Ala Legowski

Wednesday November 5, 2014

MacDuffie 7  Stoneleigh-Burnham 1

The final game of the regular season was an opportunity to thank our two seniors for their contribution and commitment to the team over the past 4 years.  Kristina Smith and Aqsa Ahmad have been on the Varsity team since MacDuffie settled into the Granby campus.  It was very fitting that both played an important role in the team’s victory against Stoneleigh-Burnham.  Kristina notched 2 goals, one in each half, and Aqsa secured her first goal of the season with 15 minutes remaining.  At half time the score was 2-1.  Ryleigh Cauley pulled off a great save at the start of the second half, that triggered an on-slaught of MacDuffie pressure.  Ala Legowski secured a hat-trick of goals, and Mia Levesque completed the scoring.  Assists – Talia, Ania (2), Ava (2), Mia and Ala.  The regular season ends with an emphatic 13-0 record.

 Saturday November 1, 2014

Darrow 1  MacDuffie 8

The final away game of the season was a scenic ride to New Lebanon, NY on a chilly afternoon. The Mustangs dominated from start to finish, scoring 5 goals in the opening 11 minutes.  With several players trying new positions, the Mustangs were challenged to play the remainder of the game with 10 players.  The girls worked hard for the victory that they fully deserved.  Kasia Ludkiewicz scored a hat-trick of goals and a hat-trick of assists.  Muffin Thitaparum  got a brace of goals, and Ania, Ala and Mimi – with her first goal of the season – completed the scoring.

Wednesday October 29, 2014

MacDuffie 2   Chase 1

The Mustang ladies hosted the 2013 NEPSAC Champions in what was anticipated to be their biggest challenge of the season.  In a closely fought game, MacDuffie took control of possession early and created a number of good chances.  It was not until the 30th minute that the Mustangs got their deserved goal.  A cross from the left by Mia Levesque into the box was pounced on by Ania Ludkiewicz who expertly guided the ball into the far corner of the net.  A terrific finish under pressure from the Chase defenders.  The second half continued with MacDuffie enjoying more of the ball and territorial advantage.  After 20 minutes Ala Legowski made a through ball to the left flank where the ever willing running of Ava Marion crossed the ball into a crowded box.  As the ball popped back out in her direction, Ava took a first time shot with her left foot that curled into the far corner.  As time was running out, Chase were desperate to push players forward in an attempt to get back into the game.  They did receive their reward and a consolation goal with 10 minutes remaining.  Direct from the corner kick the ball curled into the roof of the net, which brought to an end the Mustangs incredible record of not conceding a goal all season.  At the final whistle the Mustangs Ladies celebrated a challenging, yet fully deserved victory.

Saturday October 25, 2014

Eagle Hill 0    MacDuffie 5

Photo courtesy of Ms. Cauley
Photo courtesy of Ms. Cauley

The Mustang Ladies secured their 10th win in 10 games after their visit to Hardwick, MA on a beautiful Fall day in New England.  After a slow start, Ania put the ball in the net after 25 minutes on a pass from Mimi.  Two more goals were quick to follow, firstly from Ava on an assist from Ania, and then Ania grabbed her second on an assist from Maddy.  The second half continued with MacDuffie dominating the possession and territorial advantage.  Muffin, scoring her first goal of the season, and Jessie completed the 5-0 victory, both goals coming from assists by Ania.

Saturday 18 October, 2014

Miss Halls 0  MacDuffie 4

In the second encounter of the season between these two teams, the Mustangs secured their ninth win of the season with goals from Mia Levesque (2), Ava Marion, and Ania Ludkiewicz.  Ania and Talia Wiesel assisted two of the goals.

Wednesday October 15, 2014

Westover 0   MacDuffie 5

Photo courtesy of Eva Lin ('16)
Photo courtesy of Eva Lin (’16)

Prior to the game the Mustangs were made aware of the current league standings (below)

Women’s Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association

Class D Rankings – October 11, 2014

Rank Team             Size   W L T GF.GA. %     Points

1 MACDUFFIE         D     5 0 0 28 0     100     1070

2 POUGHKEEPSIE DAY     D     5 1 0 30 8     83     942

3 CHASE COLLEGIATE     D     6 4 0 18 20     60     940

4 FORMAN             D     4 2 0 19 15     66     925

5 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE     D     7 3 1 32 10     68     914

6 WOOSTER             D     3 2 1 22 10     58     825

7 DARROW             D     2 1 0 16 19     66     817

8 WILLIAMS             D     0 0 1 1 1     50     800

9 HYDE             D     0 2 0 0 18     0     650

10 MASTERS (CT)         D     0 6 0 5 31     0     508

11 OAKWOOD FRIENDS     D     0 2 1 9 18     16     500

12 WATKINSON         D     0 4 0 3 21     0     488

13 STORM KING         D     0 2 0 0 12     0     475

14 HARVEY             D     0 3 0 3 15     0     450

15 MARVELWOOD         D     0 2 1 8 19     16     450

The latest encounter matched MacDuffie with another NEPSAC and CISAC opponent.  The opening 20 minutes was very even against a well organized Class C team, although MacDuffie created several good opportunities as a result of good work from  Ava and Mia on the flanks, only to be met by saves from a very good Westover goalkeeper.  The deadlock was finally broken after 23 minutes when Ania scored a great header direct from Ala’s corner.  The score remained 1-0 at the half.  The second half started with the Mustangs looking more lively, putting the hosts under constant pressure,  This pressure was rewarded by a goal from Ania from Mia’s cross. Mia followed this with two goals of her own, the first from a through ball from Ania, and the second on a beautifully weighted curling pass from Ala.  For both goals Mia drove beyond the defense to run in one-on-one with the keeper, calmly sliding the ball into the net on both occasions.  Ava Marion scored the fifth goal with 5 minutes remaining, picking up a loose ball at the edge of the box, driving to gaol and firing into the roof of the net.  8 Wins from 8 Games.

Wednesday October 8, 2014

Christian Heritage 0   MacDuffie 1

Photo courtesy of Ms. Cauley
Photo courtesy of Ms. Cauley

In a closely fought encounter, Ava Marion’s strike 12 minutes into the second half was enough to give the Mustangs the victory they deserved, making it 7 wins from 7 games.  The Mustangs started strong, creating several chances as a result of good work from Ava Marion and Mia Levesque on the flanks.  The pressure continued for most of the first half, but, they were denied goals by the excellent Christian Heritage goalkeeper.  With 10 minutes remaining in the half, Ania Ludkiewicz thought she had made the breakthrough, but her attempt hit the underside of the crossbar and, in the opinion of the referee, the ball did not cross the line.  Early pressure from the Mustangs at the start of the second half was rewarded with a fine goal from the right foot of Ava.  Mia wriggled her way down the left flank, beyond the full back, and swung a teasing ball into the 6-yard box.  Ava attacked the back post and drilled the ball into the roof of the net.  MacDuffie held on to this lead, despite a couple of scares in front of their own goal.  Kristina Smith was again deputising in goal for the injured Ryleigh, and earned the clean sheet.  With minutes left in the game, Mia crossed in another great ball and as her sister Maddy challenged for the ball, Ava pounced on the loose ball and this time calmly passed the ball into the far corner,  As the celebrations began, the referee disallowed the goal and awarded the home team a free kick for a foul in the box.  Minutes later the celebrations began again at the sound of the final whistle.  This game had double significance since Christian Heritage are in both NEPSAC and CISAC leagues.

Saturday October 4, 2014

Game against Forman cancelled due to bad weather.

Wednesday October 1, 2014

Watkinson 0    MacDuffie 7

Photo courtesy of Leo Zhang ('17)
Photo courtesy of Leo Zhang (’17)

On their first away game of the season, Ania Ludkiewic settled any nerves and discomfort by scoring off a through ball by Ala Legowski in the twenty-first second.  Ala became scorer on 10 minutes, with Ania returning the compliment with an assist.  An own goal by a Watkinson player provided the Mustangs with their third goal, and Ania made it 4-0 before the break from a cross by Ava Marion on the right wing.  In the second half, Talia Wiesel scored a direct free kick from about 40-yards from the goal – this is no misprint – Talia smashed a free-kick from near the halfway line that flew over the goalkeeper’s head and crept under the cross bar to make it 5-0.  To complete the scoring, Emilee Auclair, playing in a more advanced position for the second half, grabbed a brace; the first assisted by Courtney Hurley, and the second was a solo effort.

Wednesday September 24, 2014

Photo courtesy of Eva Lin ('16)
Photo courtesy of Eva Lin (’16)

The Lady Mustangs made it 4 from 4 with a hard fought win against the Masters School, CT.  The early stages of the game saw MacDuffie slowly gaining the majority of the possession and territorial advantage, but no goals to show for their increasing dominance.  It was not until the 20th minute that Ava Marion broke the deadlock and put the Mustangs ahead.  Before the interval, Ania Ludkiewicz netted a brace to put the Mustangs 3-0 to the good, the second coming from an assist from Emilee Auclair.  During the second half the Mustangs got into their passing rhythm and attacking flow early, notching a fourth from the left foot of Mia Levesque, on a pass from Courtney Hurley.  Ania completed her hat trick in the 14th minute of the half, and added a fourth before the final whistle, on an assist from her sixth grade sister Kasia.  In the absence of goalkeeper Ryleigh Cauley through injury, thanks go to Maddie Levesque and Kristina Smith for stepping up to play in-between the sticks.

Wednesday September 17, 2014

Photo courtesy of Eva Lin ('16)
Photo courtesy of Eva Lin (’16)

The Lady Mustangs made it 3 from 3 with a convincing home win against a strong Miss Hall’s team.  Kristina Smith opened the scoring in the second minute with an assist from Ania Ludkiewicz, followed quickly by another goal from Mia Levesque which was also assisted by Ania.  The game became more of an even contest as the first half progressed with MacDuffie going into halftime with a 2-0 lead.  The second half started with the same feel as the first half; two quick goals from Ania, the first was a long through ball from goalkeeper Ryleigh Cauley, and the second was a solo effort.  Ala Legowski added a fifth in the 17th minute from an assist by Talia Wiesel.  Talia then became scorer to conclude the scoring with 15 minutes remaining from Ania’s third assist of the afternoon.