Shrewsbury Colonials Advance To Girls' Soccer Semis

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Shrewsbury's Victoria Rutigliano celebrates after scoring the winning goal. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
Gabriel Auzenbergs' throw-in. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck
The Shrewsbury Colonials regain control of the ball. Photo Credit: John Swinconeck

SHREWSBURY, Mass. - Shrewsbury High School's girls’ varsity team upset number two seed Shepherd Hill on a cold Sunday night and advanced to to the MIAA semifinal.

“It’s sometimes better to be the underdog, to be under the radar,” said Shrewsbury Head Coach Jessica Kelly.

The quarterfinal match at Shepherd Hill began with the Rams’ Taylor Daniels scoring at 24:55 in the first half. Shrewsbury managed to tie it up at 6:45 with Gabriel Auzenbergs’ goal on an open net.

Much of the second half seemed like a stalemate until forward Victoria Rutigliano’s goal in the final minutes.

“Every one of them did an amazing job,” Kelly said. “We were really prepared for their offsides trap. We knew it was going to be a big deal, so we really took a lot of time to work on that.”

Fans, coaches, and players on the sidelines were bundled against the cold Friday, but the weather did nothing to slow down the Colonials.

“It’s soccer weather and this is the best time of year,” Kelly said.

The Colonials will go on to face Algonquin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the Morgan Bowl at Hudson High School.

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