The only win for the Charlestown boys' soccer team was in the first week of the season, against South Boston, and coach Tim Meho was hoping that Tuesday would be the second victory as he enthusiastically pumped up his team before it took on Burke.
Yet as soon as the Bulldogs took the field, it was clear that Charlestown was destined to struggle, and the match ended 12-0.
“Today was tough, as usual,” said Meho. “But we can’t get the whole team here every day. I’m constantly working with new players.”
Charlestown's lack of consistency showed, as Burke senior forward Prince Collins scored within the first five minutes and went on to score three more times.
Burke’s entire roster exhibited intense speed and drive to reach the ball, but that didn’t necessarily please coach Mario Austin.
“We have good individual play and not a lot of team play,” said Austin. “But we’re getting it more, compared to the beginning.”
Yet individual skill kept Burke in the lead. By halftime, the score was 7-0.
Still, Meho encouraged the Townies to forget about the score and play hard.
“We don’t give up,” he told them during halftime. “We play until the end, just like every other game.”
The second half didn’t bring much luck to the Townies, however. As soon as it began, Burke forward Gilson Andrade rushed the goal and scored into the lower right corner.
Altogether, the talented freshman scored four times.
Senior midfielder Danilson Pina was strong on both defense and offense with several takeaways and two goals, one on a header.
The Townies seemed to lose confidence with every goal, even with Meho encouraging them from the sidelines.
“[We need to] just stay together as a team,” he said when asked what it would take to achieve another win. “It’s what you learn more than anything else. I teach them not to give up; life’s not always going to be easy.”
Frustrated forward Kurvan Vidal said his team did not play well and was upset with the score. However he knows what the team needs to work on and plans to address it next practice.
“It’s going to take a lot of things,” he said. “It’s going to take a lot of players willing to rush the ball, pass better and play harder.”
Despite the high score, Pina agreed with his coach that the Bulldogs need to work harder to improve teamwork.
“We play hard and improve every day,” he said. “We’re going to practice even harder because Friday’s going to be tough."
Burke will play at East Boston Friday at 3:30 p.m. while Charlestown will take on O’Bryant at home Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
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