PLYMOUTH – It has been six years since Plymouth Youth Soccer qualified a team for the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions competition. That was until a group of friends from West Plymouth, Manomet and Cedarville teamed up and ended the streak.
The Plymouth-1 Grades 7 & 8 women’s football team won the Coastal Division playoffs, qualifying them for the MTOC playoffs which took place June 24-26 at Progin Park in Lancaster. They allowed just one goal in their three playoff games and came home with a 1-1-1 record.
“This team was strong defensively. Defense has become their calling card. We only allowed four goals in the regular season and then in the MTOC playoffs,” said Plymouth-1 head coach Matt Perry.
“It’s a huge achievement,” Plymouth Youth Soccer chairman Phil Krueger said of Plymouth-1 qualifying for the MTOC. “I’m so proud of the kids, their coaches and the families on the team for their hard work, constant effort and good sportsmanship. It couldn’t have happened to a better group of kids.
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The team went 7-1 in the regular season. In the playoffs, Plymouth-1 beat Duxbury and then Kingston, the only team to beat them up to that point, in the Coastal Division tournament to enter the MTOC State Championship mix.
Plymouth-1 have been placed in a tight bracket in pool play at the MTOC and every game they have played has been decided by the slimmest of margins. They started in a scoreless tie with Burlington, came back the next game to beat Sandwich, 1-0, then allowed a late goal in a 1-0 loss to eventual Tournament winner Walpole.
Sixteen of the 18 players in the Plymouth-1 squad will move to high school from September.
“That’s the hardest part,” admitted Perry, who coached the team with the help of Brendan Carman. “It’s going to be a tough group to say goodbye to. I’ve had a lot of fun coaching them since they were in primary school and they’ve become a very tight-knit group over the years. They’re all kids great and I’ve never had a problem with any of them.
“This is one of the best overall classes we’ve sent to high school in quite a while. I can’t wait to see what they do at the high school level.
The Plymouth-1 roster includes Ariana Fortes, Samara Shea, Annalie Wendel, Cassidy Cleary, Mia DeLappe, Katherine Anderson, Shea Braz, Hailey Carman, Vienna Croce, Alyssa Frost, Cora Gervasi, Sophia Long, Ella Moreira, Peyton Muratore, Emma Owen, Brooke Perry, Meghan Riley and Giovana Takahashi.
PYSA figures are moving in the right direction
Plymouth Youth Soccer enjoyed some tournament success during the spring season. In addition to the Plymouth-1 Girls Grade 7 & 8 team that won the Coastal Division playoffs and qualified for the MTOC, the Plymouth-1 Boys Grade 5 & 6 team and the Plymouth-1 teams Boys Grade 7 & 8 both competed in the Coastal Tournament. The Plymouth-3 and Plymouth-4 Girls Grade 7-8 teams have both qualified for the Coastal Cup playoffs.
Launched in 1977, Plymouth Youth Soccer is in its 45th year of operation. Registration for the fall season is now open, and Krueger said early feedback is very encouraging as attendance numbers for the league have rebounded from where they were in the pre-COVID era.
“We expect to have excellent numbers for the coming season. The numbers for grades 1 through 4, in particular, are exploding. We could end up with 8 to 12 city teams in all those age groups,” Krueger said. “The league’s coaches and volunteers are doing a great job and it’s fantastic to see things get back to where they were.
PYSA’s Jamboree event returned to Forges Field on June 18 for the first time since 2019, but on a smaller scale than in previous years. “We deliberately kept it on the small side this year to be on the safe side, but I anticipate we’ll be back with the biggest event that we usually do again next year,” Krueger said.
Plymouth Youth Soccer recently presented three college scholarships to former league players. This year’s winners are Colby Consolati (Plymouth South), Kaitlin Maloney (Plymouth South) and Lily Goldmann (Rising Tide Charter School).
The league organizes two football sessions each year. The fall season begins shortly after Labor Day and ends in November. Spring sessions begin in April and end in June.
Registration for the fall season is open until August 1st. For more information, visit the league’s website, www.plymouthyouthsoccer.com.
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