It was a banner season for the Silver Lake girls soccer team, which finished 14-5-1 and advanced to the second round of the Division 2 South Sectionals before losing on penalty kicks.

KINGSTON – It was a banner season for the Silver Lake girls soccer team, which finished 14-5-1 and advanced to the second round of the Division 2 South Sectionals before losing on penalty kicks to Notre Dame of Hingham.

"It all kind of came together this year," Head Coach Scott Williams said. "We had senior leadership with a good supporting cast of underclassmen. It was just a good bunch of girls and a lot of unselfish play. We made massive improvement on both the offensive and defensive end. We doubled the number of goals we scored and we halved our goals against, so it was just a lot of hard work by the girls."

Among the highlights were home wins over Notre Dame (Hingham), the team that ousted them from the state tournament, and Marshfield, and a tie with Whitman-Hanson, which finished 17-2-1 and reached the Div. 1 South semifinals. The Lakers collected six shutouts at home, where they lost just once.

"We made home field ours," Williams said. "Very few teams even scored on us at home, and that 2-2 tie with Whitman-Hanson was a big mental boost that showed we could play with the top teams."

The Lakers were led by senior attacking midfielder and captain Allie Crawford, who was selected a first team Eastern Mass. all-star.

"She is just the most creative player I’ve seen," Williams said. "She was the catalyst behind our offense. We changed our formation slightly, and that allowed her to play a little bit of an advanced role where she was the one shooting the ball through to our offensive players."

The Lakers played a rotation of six forwards, with four collecting at least 10 points and the other two scoring nine. "I credit that to Allie, who distributed the ball to them," Williams said.

Anchoring the back line was junior Izzy Ruprecht, who was named a second team Eastern Mass. all-star. "She was just a solid defender," Williams said. "We needed help on defense and she took command. It was hard to beat her 1-on-1, she was good in the air and she wasn’t afraid of a challenge. She was a great force on the back line who kept us composed."

Goalkeeper Caity Smith and outside midfielder Mel Coughlin were named to the Patriot League All-Star team. Both seniors, Smith was instrumental in their win over Marshfield, while Coughlin helped Crawford direct the attack from midfield.

"I felt for the last couple of years that Caity was the best keeper in the league," Williams said. "When we were able to put a defense in front of her to help this year her numbers improved. The reason we won the Marshfield game was because of saves she made, and even though we lost to Hingham, she made saves that a high school keeper just doesn’t make. She was rock-solid all year.

"With Mel, unless you see her on a daily basis she might go unnoticed, but she was a threat in the wing and, as a captain, was a great team leader."

The team’s third captain was senior Meghan Supple, who suffered a knee injury in the final game of the regular season and missed the tournament. It was a tough blow for Supple, who was coming off a torn ACL from her junior season.

"She was coming on strong at the end of the season and was playing 50 to 60 minutes at midfield when she got hurt. She was critical to who we were as a team," Williams said.

The Lakers will lose 13 seniors, including eight starters. Morgan Palma, third on the team in scoring, and Morgan Wohlgemuth, who tallied 11 goals, also graduate. But returning is junior Hannah Vogt, who led the team with 15 goals and 19 points.

"She scored the two late goals against Marshfield, and when we were down 1-0 to Duxbury she tied it up," Williams said. "She is a very good striker of the ball, one of our best shooters and was not afraid to take people on."