Eleven minutes into their Division 1 North first round match against Billerica, the second-ranked Somerville boys' soccer team found themselves somewhere they hadn't been all season long; trailing 1-0. Despite leading scorer Thayrone Miranda and starting keeper Luis Guerra serving first half suspensions for disciplinary reasons, the Highlanders (17-0-2) rode three straight goals from Felix De Bona to a 6-2 win at Dilboy Stadium on Sunday. ‘‘Felix took it upon himself to carry us in that first half,'' said Somerville coach George Scarpelli. ‘‘The first game is always the toughest.'' Starting defenseman Augusto DeOliveira stepped between the pipes for the first time in his career and did an admirable job as he stopped four shots to send Somerville to halftime with a 2-1 lead before Guerra returned in the second. ‘‘He's the heart of the team,'' said De Bona of DeOliveria. ‘‘If I was going to pick anyone to be a goalie today, it would be Augusto.'' ‘‘As a captain, I felt that I should put the team on my back,'' said DeOlivera. ‘‘That was my first time, it wasn't really good, but I feel I helped my team.'' In the second half the Indians (11-7-4) pulled within one, 3-2, when Leo Trindade scored his second goal of the game on a nice give-and-go from Peter Melo But Billerica found themselves with their hands full when Miranda returned to the lineup to net two second half goals.
Somerville 6, Billerica 2
Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Somerville
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:10 a.m.