The Medfield Warriors 6th grade girls select A team won the Division 2 Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC) with a hard-fought come from behind 3-2 win over Pepperell on June 24 in Lancaster. The Warriors won eight straight games against teams from all over the state to capture the title. After a strong regular season where the Warriors finished 8-1-1 in division 2A, the team qualified for the BAYS playoffs to compete for the right to represent BAYS in the state tournament. The Warriors defeated Northborough 6-1 and Brookline 4-3 in PK’s to reach the playoff final, where they overcame a strong and physical Arlington team in a tense 4-3 thriller in Medfield that was again decided by PK’s to advance to the MTOC.
The MTOC tournament is held at New England’s largest soccer complex in Lancaster, MA and includes around 200 teams in age groups from grade 6 to 12.
The girls did not allow a goal during the round robin portion of the tournament defeating Burlington 2-0, Worcester 3-0, and Lenox 6-0 in the group stage. In the semifinal the team was able to outlast a tough Cold Spring/Belchertown team 2-1 to move on to the final. In the final Medfield faced a very strong squad from Pepperell. The final game was one for the ages. Facing a 2-0 half time deficit the girls dug deep and left it all on the field. They were able to get three unanswered second half goals, with the final goal coming in the last 2 minutes, for the 3-2 victory. It was an emotional roller coaster ride that resulted in a much deserved State Championship victory.
Throughout the weekend, the team was led by the solid goaltending from Fia Flamand who allowed only three goals over five games, stingy defense from Mandy Glynn, Sarah Hedges, Ava Walsh, Allison Garvey, strong midfield play from Emily Soucy, Alexis Barton, Kelly Blake and Sophie Compston, and timely offense from Bridget Deignan, Molly Chin and Sadie Cumming. It was an tremendous all-around team effort that led to the title.