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Medfield Girls' Soccer Settles for Draw Against Streaking Norton

Medfield (8-0-2) scored first but settled for a 1-1 draw against Norton Wednesday.

Medfield's blazing hot offense cooled off against Norton Wednesday but the defense rose to the occassion in a 1-1 draw with the Lancers.

Wednesday's result extended streaks for both teams. Medfield (8-0-2) remained unbeaten on the season and the Lancers, after a dreadful 0-3-0 start to the year, extending its unbeaten streak to seven games.

Norton's defense, behind goalkeeper Jennifer Kilburn, was able to hold off a vicious offensive attack by Medfield.

“It's just nice to have a young keeper just kind of step up to this level and change the game,” said Norton coach Todd Kefor.

Medfield broke the dead lock during the 43rd minute when Nicole Busa went far post off a shot from the left beyond the 18-yard box.

“We knew we needed to shoot outside the 20 to get a goal,” said Medfield coach Michael La Francesea.

After taking the 1-0 lead, Medfield continued to attack. Keeping the pressure on offense up, the Warriors continued to beat the Lancers to the ball and get off as many shots as they could.

“Our goal is whenever we have an opportunity to shoot we take a shot. We have a lot of skillful players that can put the ball away. I think that's why we’re as successful as we are,” said La Francesea.

The Lancers found their own success in the 76th minute when a shot by Paige Almedia from 35 yards out found its way into the goal after bouncing off the bottom of the cross bar to tie the game at one.

“Paige can get a lot of distance on her shots so I asked her ‘Do you think you can reach?’ She said yes so we let her take it and luckily it hit,” said Kefor.

With the tie, the Lancers are now 5-3-2 with 12 points in the Tri-Valley League Standings, while the Warriors remain unbeaten at 8-0-2 with 18 points.

Next up for the Warriors is Hopkinton at home on Oct. 11 at 5 p.m.

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