WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — The Westborough High School boys soccer continued its strong start with a shutout against rival Nashoba, Westborough football opened up with a lopsided loss at Shepherd Hill and Rangers girls soccer dropped a close game on the road.
Westborough 2, Nashoba 0: Loic Pennick and Brendan Goodliffe both scored in the first half, and goalie Michael Hillier held Nashoba scoreless as Rangers boys soccer (1-0-1) won its first game on the season.
Goodliffe's goal was his second in two games.
"We dominated the game in the first half," first-year varsity coach Michael Griffin said.
After a season that saw Rangers soccer win just two games, Griffin said the positive start is encouraging for a group that has looked good in every game thus far.
"It's been a strong start including the scrimmages. ... They're certainly looking confident," Griffin said.
Rangers boys soccer is back in action Tuesday at Wachusett.
Nashoba 2, Westborough 1: After a scoreless first half, Nashoba came out on fire, scoring twice in the first five minutes of the second half.
Karly Galvin scored to cut the margin to 2-1 midway through the second, and Julia Heffernan had a shot rebound off the crossbar with 10 minutes remaining, but the Rangers (1-1) were unable to score the equalizer.
Rangers girls soccer is back in action Tuesday at home against Wachusett.
Shepherd Hill 38, Westborough 22: The second quarter was not kind to Rangers football Thursday night.
After a 13-yard touchdown pass from Dan Orlando to Connor Joyce to end the first quarter tied 8-8, Shepherd Hill (1-0) scored 30 consecutive points on three touchdown runs and a punt return.
Dan Orlando and Michael Heffernan each scored rushing touchdowns in the second half for Westborough (0-1).
SH — Drew Ravenelle 12-yard run (Brad Picard run)
W — Connor Joyce 13-yard pass from Dan Orlando (Orlando run)
SH — Jake Gelb 22-yard run (Picard run)
SH — Ravenelle 21-yard run (Matt Vertucci run)
SH — Kyle Amico 56-yard punt return (Pickard kick)
SH — Picard 48-yard run (kick failed)
W — Orlando 1-yard run (Jack Chuma kick)
W — Michael Heffernan 7-yard run (Chuma kick)