Brendan Kennedy had mishit on his two previous free kicks. But the BC High senior put extra focus on his boot from 30 yards away in overtime of Thursday’s Division 1 South semifinal. He took a healthy run-up and arced a gorgeous ball not for a header or deflection, but clean into the top right corner of the net, lifting the Eagles to a 2-1 victory over defending state champion Brockton in Plymouth. BC High (12-6-3) will play the Wellesley/Silver Lake winner on Monday.
‘‘Brendan’s been great on those, we've been great on re-starts all year,’’ said BC High coach Billy Ryan, who earned his 300th career win. ‘‘He flubbed the two previous kicks, so he really wanted to connect on that one.’’
Kennedy knew his coach’s milestone was within reach, in addition to the key playoff result. ‘‘I messed up my two other kicks, and I knew if I make the third it’s coach’s 300th win,’’ Kennedy said. ‘‘So it’s a special occasion.’’
Brockton (11-6-3) took the lead just a minute into the game when senior forward Edson Lopes cashed in on a rebound after a tough shot by junior defender Luis Spinola. ‘‘We fell down early, we were a little nervous,’’ Ryan said.
Division 4 North
Mystic Valley 2, New Mission 1 — Soufyane Missbah scored off a header in the first half and Lukas Drahos added another tally from the left wing in the second half to propel the Eagles (18-2-1) to the victory in the D4 North semifinals at Winthrop High School.
St. Mary’s 1, Burke 0 — Sophomore Thiago DeOliveira fired home a penalty kick in the first half to provide the second-seeded Spartans (18-2-2) all the scoring they would need to oust the third-seeded Bulldogs (14-3-4).
Newton South 3, Mansfield 2 — Audrey Lavey headed home the winner off a cross from Larissa Williams with 40 seconds left in double overtime as top-seeded Newton South (17-1-2) twice rallied from one-goal deficits to beat Mansfield, 3-2, in the Division 1 South semifinals at Plymouth North. Cassie Lee and Lucy Jenks netted the first two goals for South, which advances to the final for the second straight year. Mansfield finishes 15-3-3.
Division 2 North
Danvers 3, Masconomet 1 — Freshman Arianna Bezanson scored twice and assisted on the third goal as the defending EMass D2 champion Falcons (18-2-1) dispatched top-seeded Chieftains (18-1-1) at Manning Field in Lynn.
Freshman forward Elena Lindonen put Masco on the board right after the opening whistle. Sophomore forward Morgan Bovardi broke free on the right side, and her pass trickled through the Danvers’ defense to an open Lindonen, who finished calmly.
Danvers kept pressing and finally broke through with just under five minutes left in the half, when Clement – the Northeast Conference North MVP – assisted on a beautiful strike from Bezanson to tie the game at 1-1. The breakthrough came with 24 minutes left in the second half when Danvers junior defender Abigail Clickstein lofted a beautiful pass to a cutting Bezanson, who beat Masco junior keeper Carolyn Hanson.
Bezanson assisted junior Abby Cash on a breakaway with three minutes left to seal the 3-1 victory.
“She’s super calm. We never have to say anything to her,” senior captain Lauren Clement said of Bezanson. “She provides so much for this team.” The Falcons will play the Concord-Carlisle/Winchester winner in the North final.
Division 4 North
Amesbury 1, St. Mary’s 0 — Gracie Doherty scored on a second-half header to power the Indians (14-3-4) past the Spartans (13-7-1) and into Sunday’s sectional final at Manning Field.
Carver/Sacred Heart 28, Wareham 6 — Andrew Walker scored on an 88-yard pick-6 and Alex Macrina, Trevor Drakakis, and Nathan Eldredge produced rushing touchdowns for the Crusaders (5-4).
Division 2 South
Duxbury 3, Apponequet 2 — Marissa Sarcia (38 assists, 10 service points, 2 kills, 1 block), Sara Cataneo (16 service points, 3 aces, 10 kills), and Gianna Marag (6 service points, 7 kills) couldn’t prevent the fourth-seeded Lakers (16-7) from falling to the eighth-seeded Dragons (15-8) in the semifinals.
Division 3 South
Case 3, Rockland 0 — Rachel Davidson (13 kills), Micheala White (14 kills), and Amber Arruda (11 kills) paced the ninth-seeded Cardinals (16-7) past the No. 5 Bulldogs (17-6) and into Saturday’s D3 South final.