Gallagher girls' soccer team hikes win streak to 11 games

Gallagher girls' soccer team hikes win streak to 11 games

Defending state champions set sights on postseason

SMITHFIELD - The Gallagher Middle School girls' soccer team boosted its win streak to 11 games last week by posting a pair of 5-0 victories at home over McCourt and Mount St. Charles, a 3-1 win over North Cumberland at Diamond Hill Park, and a 6-0 triumph over Slater at Vets Park.

The defending state champs came into this week with a 12-1 record that has them in first place in the Northern Division standings. Lincoln and North Cumberland, both 9-2, are tied for second.

In the victory over McCourt, Abby Proulx scored three goals, Riley Hart added a goal and an assist, and Kat Laboisonniere also netted a goal. Abby Leveille and Abby Trainor also shared time in net to record the shutout.

Against Mount, Kasey Ruo, Hart, Jenna Pezza, Proulx, and Jess Nicholson found the back of the net, Grace Beaudry added a pair of assists, and Leveille picked up another shutout.

The best game of the bunch was the victory over NCMS, which saw Hart score a pair of goals on penalty kicks and Proulx score Gallagher's first goal off a pass by Zoie Allen.

"It was a very tough game," said Gallagher head coach Kate McCurdy. "The girls had to work hard. They played well and showed they were tough. (NCMS) has some great players, and the girls did a great job covering them."

Leveille ended the game with 10 saves and "had to work extra hard because North Cumberland took 15 shots and had the ball in our end a lot more than we are used to happening," said McCurdy.

The win over Slater saw Gallagher score three goals in each half and Leveille only need to stop one shot for the shutout. Six different players scored for Gallagher: Proulx, Nicholson, Hart, Beaudry, Ruo, and Laboissoniere, and Hart also had two assists.

Hart's goal was her 16th of the year, and Proulx's goal was her 15th.

Gallagher's final regular-season contest is Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at home against first-year Birchwood.

The defending champs will then host a first-round playoff game the following Thursday afternoon.