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BVT Girls Soccer Wins State Voke Title

The Blackstone Valley Tech girls soccer team rolls into the 2015 postseason riding a 10-game winning streak and fresh off a victory over Greater New Bedford to capture the state vocational championship.
"The end of the season went well," said head coach Jay Porter in something of an understatement. "We were able to avenge some of our earlier losses."
Specifically, the Beavers scored late-season wins over Douglas and Millis after those two teams got the better of BVT earlier in the year. In the state vocational tournament, Valley Tech rolled to an 8-0 win over Whittier Tech in the semifinal before pulling away from Greater New Bedford in the second half of the title game to win 5-2.
"Greater New Bedford is a talented team, they were tenacious and they kept attacking us," Porter said. "We made some adjustments and came out in the second half and put those adjustments into play."
The two goals equaled the combined total scored against the Beavers in the previous nine victories combined. Sophomore Torri Socci finished the season in net by allowing just one goal in Colonial Athletic League play. Described as "phenomenal" by her head coach, Socci notched 12 shutouts on the season and finished with a 0.48 goals against average.
Socci had some help. Fellow sophomores Morgan O'Brien and Viviana Sebastiano anchored the defense in front of Socci.
"I don't think I sat Morgan more than 10 minutes the entire season," Porter said. "Those two were able to lead out defense and stop any attack that came down the field."
On offense, freshman midfield Payton Linnehan put the wraps on a stellar first high school season. She finished with 18 goals and 12 assists, displaying an ability to both finish and set up her teammates.
"When teams come in with a plan to mark her and shut her down, she just takes a step back and distributes so well," Porter said. "Other girls step in and fill those holes the other teams leave when they are trying to shut her down."
One player who, like the team, peaked at the end of the season is senior forward Madyson Christian. The co-captain scored five times over the last three regular season games to finish with 12 goals and six assists.
"Madyson turned it on at the end of the season," Porter said. "She struggled during the year, but she was able to settle herself down and pour it on towards the end. She turned her season around and it was good to see her back in that scoring role."
The veteran contribution has a young team firing on all cylinders heading into the most important time of the season. Valley Tech finished 17-3 overall and as the undefeated CAL champions. It was all enough to earn BVT the number three seed in the district tournament. The team played on November 4 against Littleton in the first round of the Central Division 3 Tournament.
"As a whole, from offense to defense, the team seems to be clicking right now, working together, making adjustments where they need to be made," Porter said. "We are one of the teams to watch. We are gelling really well and we have talented girls who can make the adjustments. If we keep playing the way we have been playing, we will be tough to beat."




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