The Norwood High girls soccer team ended the season without a win, but not without hope.
The Mustangs wrapped up their campaign with a 3-0 non-league loss to Ursuline Academy last Friday to conclude at 0-15-3. Norwood was coming off its finest performance of the season the day before, however, a 0-0 draw with a powerful Newton North squad
"We had some tired girls today, physically and emotionally," said first-year coach J.J Oliver. "Yesterday was Senior Day and yesterday was our best game and best result of the year by far."
Sophomore Mackenzie Sheehan registered the Mustangs’ first shutout of the year in net against the Tigers, making double-digit saves, while Norwood generate a number of quality chances on the offense end. North was fresh off a 4-0 victory over Bay State Conference Carey Division champion Needham and qualified for the Division 1 North tournament with an 11-2-5 mark.
"I think we had that game that every team and every coach wants, where every girl played up to their own ability," said Oliver. "Of the 19 girls that played I think 19 of them had their best game of the season. It was just a really special game. The communication level was at an all-time high, the level of our first touch was as good as it been all year, moving with the ball, moving without the ball – it was a fantastic game."
Norwood could not repeat the effort on the road the next day against a one-loss Bears team. It was the final contest for captains Alayna Fogg and Britney Cadiz, who was named a BSC All-Star honorable mention, as well fellow seniors Karyn Colomey, Heather Folan, Ali Quintiliani and Samantha Barry
"I know that the results weren’t always there, but I did feel like we improved quicker than could be expected and that’s from a lot of hard work, professionalism, not hanging your head and coming back every day and working hard again," said Oliver.