Boston High School: Corey Persson

Player Perspective: Peabody's Hayley Dowd

October, 25, 2011
It didn’t take all that long for Peabody girls’ soccer forward Hayley Dowd to capture the Tanners’ record as all-time leading goal scorer. The junior notched her 92nd career goal earlier this month in a 6-0 win over Salem, breaking Justine Hartigan’s career record in a little more than two seasons’ time.

The BC commit still has plenty of games ahead of her and the dynamic striker doesn’t plan on slowing down as the No. 6 Tanners look ahead to a deep postseason run.

We caught up with Dowd after a recent match in Swampscott to talk about her record, a recent trip to England and what the deal with this “Biddy” pride is all about.

Q: Did you know that you were closing on the school record?

A: “I knew I was close, but a couple people called from the local newspapers and they told me when it happened. They called me before I got to record asking about it. It’s great. It’s a great record to have.”

Q: Was it a goal to set the record this year?

A: “It’s a different year. We lost two of our best midfielders from last year and we have a couple of forwards who have taken on a different role. As long as the win the game, I don’t really think about scoring. I’m just happy that we’re coming out on top in a lot of these games.”

Q: How have your teammates helped you along in setting that record?

A: “They’ve been great. Especially in the last couple of years, I haven’t had to run after the ball, they’re able to win the ball and get it to me, which is great. I credit a lot of it to them because I wouldn’t have those goals without them. I think it starts with the defense. A person that’s stuck out in my mind has been Bianca Muscato. She stops everything that comes to her. One girl who used to play on the outside, Katie Brunelle, has stepped in great in the middle. She wins everything that comes her way and she works hard. Also, my other forward, Victoria Digiacomo, working with her has been great this year. We set up each other a lot, it’s been fun.”

Q: With those changes to the lineup, how do you feel the team is coming along?

A: “We had a little bit of rough start earlier in the season and we weren’t playing that well. But we’ve come together as a team more. We’re playing great as a team defensively and then the transition game to the forwards has been really good.”

Q: You played in England with your club team against some of the UK’s best club teams. What was that experience like?

A: “I play for Stars Mass and the league that I play in invited me and [Corey Persson] from Danvers to go and play. I’ve always wanted to go to a foreign country and England was a place that I really wanted to visit, so I really wanted to go there. We got to see a game over there, so that was cool. It’s just great that they’re men’s teams have women’s teams now. We went to Chelsea and they have like 30-plus fields at their facility, it was wicked nice -- unbelievable.”

Q: You made your commitment to BC last year. What went into making that decision?

A: “I thought at first that I wanted to go far away, California or someplace like that, but I started thinking about it and realized I wanted to be closer to home. My family comes to a lot of my games, my mom, my dad, my grandparents, so I thought it would be nice so that they can come and watch me. That made it pretty easy. It’s a half hour away from our house, so it’s far enough to stay away, but it’s close enough to come home. The success they’ve had definitely helps, too. There are three girls now from Massachusetts who play for Stars that are older than me that are there and two girls on my club team who are also going there, so it’s great.”

Q: What are the team goals for the rest of the season?

A: “Well, we wanted to make the tournament and we already qualified, so that’s good. We want to win the league and do well in the tournament. We had a bit of rough tournament last year, so hopefully we’ll get past the second round this year.”

Q: What’s the story behind these “Biddy” t-shirts everybody’s wearing? (Dowd was wearing a “Biddy Soccer” t-shirt at the time)

A: “We’re kind of crazy. That’s what we call ourselves. I don’t know when it started, but a couple years ago, it just kind of stuck. It comes from when people say Peabody, it’s the ‘Biddy’ at the end. So we just kind of cut it down and it becomes ‘Biddy.’ I know it’s crazy.”

Q: That makes sense.

A: “Yeah, kinda.”

Three N.E. soccer stars take on England's best

August, 10, 2011
ESPN RISE's Chris Ackels checks in today with three New England soccer players about to make their mark overseas.

Peabody's Hayley Dowd, Danvers' Corey Persson and Milford (N.H.) High's Morgan Andrews are part of a ECNL All-Star team representing the United States in a series of matches this week against club teams from Aston Villa, Bristol and Chelsea.

The 17-player roster is comprised of players from Elite Clubs National League organizations from across the country. Andrews, Dowd and Persson all represent the FC Stars of Massachusetts.

Check out Ackels' take here.

Top Drawer Soccer rankings released

May, 5, 2011
Top Drawer Soccer has released its rankings of its top individual prospects, broken down nationally and regionally. Below are the Massachusetts natives cracking the Top 20 Northeast lists, with their national rankings in parentheses where applicable.

2012 BOYS
1. Felix DeBona, Everett (31)
2. Devin Devoy, Bishop Feehan (45)
4. Jack Hilger, Hopkinton (87)
5. Chandler Burnham, Rockport
7. Forest Sisk, Lincoln-Sudbury
10. Andrew Burnham, Rockport
12. Jay Marchand, North Andover
15. Daniel Tchen, Concord-Carlisle
16. Derrick Boateng, Worcester South

2012 GIRLS
2. Mikayla Williams, Stoughton (30)
3. Kayla Shea, Shrewsbury
7. Colby Woeltz, Noble & Greenough
8. Corey Persson, Danvers
12. Becky Litwin, Westborough
13. Mai Mitsuyama, Natick
15. Emily Nasuti, Millbury
19. Hayley Katkowski, Westford

2013 BOYS
1. Diego Fagundez, New England Revolution Academy (3)
3. Dominik Machado, Attleboro (64)
5. Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu, Roxbury Latin
6. Aidan Browne, Boston Latin
7. Matt Nyeayea, Worcester South
9. Marc Greenblatt, Winchester
12. Federico Ferre, Waltham
13. Matthew Callahan, Newton North
15. David Hepp, Natick

2013 GIRLS
2. Hayley Dowd, Peabody (6)
3. Lauren Berman, Canton (10)
7. Jillian Clapp, Marshfield
11. Kim Slade, Wachusett
12. Maddie Brosler, Millis
16. Kendall Andrew, Oliver Ames
17. Samm Alves, Sharon
18. Meg James, Sharon
20. Andrea O’Brien, Concord-Carlisle

Persson to Penn State

September, 30, 2010
Danvers High junior striker Corey Persson has verbally committed to play soccer at Penn State University for the fall of 2012, the school's athletic department confirmed today.

In 47 varsity games for the Falcons, currently ranked No. 10 in ESPNBoston's girls soccer poll, the 5-foot-4 Persson has tallied 74 goals and 27 assists for 101 points. When she arrives in State College, Penn., she will join one of her former FC Stars teammates, 2007 Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year Hayley Brock.

The story was first reported by The Salem News.