Silver Lake boys’ soccer coach Dan Correia saw a glaring hole in No. 15 Hingham’s defense Monday afternoon, and he had his team take full advantage. The No. 5 Lakers used senior forward Paul Beatty’s four goals, including three in a six-minute span, to blow out the Harbormen, 5-0. Beatty netted his first goal about seven minutes in, and the score remained 1-0 until halftime. It was then, Correia said, that he had Silver Lake (10-0-1) adjust its plan of attack. He noticed Hingham (8-2-1) was not covering Beatty, whose dynamic speed allowed him to run a sub-11.00 100-meter dash last spring, as closely as anticipated. “We saw they were giving him more space than we thought they would,” Correia said. “We basically sent the ball to him and let him go to work.” It worked immediately. Beatty scored three times in the first six minutes of the second half, opening up the lead to 4-0. Sophomore midfielder Adam Crawford accounted for the 5-0 final with a tally in the final three minutes. With the win — and drastic margin of victory — the Lakers improved their goal differential on the season to 58-5. “I don’t think you expect anything to be that dramatic,” Correia said. “We knew we had the guns to put together a good offensive attack … but that’s not expected.” Posting another shutout was senior goalie Stephen MacSwain, who stopped a breakaway in the second half and survived a Hingham penalty kick in the first — a momentum-shifting miss, according to Correia. “He’s just a calming presence back there,” Correia said. “He’s really steady and doesn’t make many mistakes. He controls the box well for us. … I can’t remember a single goal [this season] that I would say is his fault.” MacSwain also benefited from the strong play of senior captain and sweeper Tim Barrow, as well as that of junior stopper Sean Hunt, in front of him. Silver Lake’s success, though, all comes back to Beatty and his quickness. “The first thing everyone is going to cite is he has top, top speed,” Correia said. “On top of that, he’s just so strong this year. He’s done a lot to improve his strength. He doesn’t get knocked off the ball ever. “Now if he’s in there [close], it’s pretty much a goal. He’s much more composed and finishes a lot more.”
Silver Lake 5, Hingham 0
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at Hingham
Updated: Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, 8:08 p.m.