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Agganis girls’ football game canceled due to rain, boys postponed to Wednesday | Sports

LYNN – Fans flocked to Manning Field on Tuesday hoping to see the players making lightning-fast passes that rained down shots on the All-Star goaltenders.

Instead, pretty much all they got was lightning and rain.

Agganis’ 22nd Women’s All-Star Game had to be called off after just 23 minutes of action with multiple glaring and jarring lightning in the Lynn area. The boys’ contest, which was due to follow, was postponed to Wednesday as heavy rains fell around 7 p.m.

Wednesday’s Agganis slate at Manning Field will begin with the boys’ soccer action at 4 p.m. followed by the 6th Annual Lacrosse All-Star Game with the girls at 5:30 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.

In Tuesday’s women’s football match, Daria Bakhtiari of Central Catholic scored the only goal of the game in the 17th minute of play. The north midfielder sent out a long, arching shot of about 40 yards that escaped South goaltender Kerry Robles of Lynn English, who made two saves.

In the northern net, Megan Langlois of Methuen made two saves in 17 minutes before giving way to Coral Gonzalez of Lynn Tech, who made one. The plan was to swap goalkeepers midway through the two 35-minute halves, but the weather didn’t cooperate as the final 47 minutes of action need to be cleaned up.

The match had already been delayed by 30 minutes when lightning was seen on the horizon at the end of the warm-ups. The officials again spotted lightning 12 minutes from the end of the first half and called for a further delay. They had hoped to resume the game, but lightning struck a handful of times before the sky opened and the game became impossible.

For the North, Hamilton-Wenham’s Liz Kirschner (who is playing her second game against Agganis after Monday’s women’s basketball game) pulled a shot over the net and created a few chances. Peabody’s Ali DeMeo and Alyssa Shashaty performed well in the defensive midfield while the Central Catholic contingent was particularly strong; Bakhtiari had the only goal and Sarah Berude had some nice touches in midfield.

Methuen’s Nicole Langlois did a good job creating a wing attack and also hit a crossbar.

The South had its fair share of chances, including a skillful Sydney Rocheville boot from Salem on which Megan Langlois made a tough save. Swampscott’s Jaymie Caponigro also had some good defensive saves for the south side.