Brighton captain, forward and league standout Rossel Cacho scored two goals to lead the Bengals over Dorchester, 3-1, in boys' soccer Wednesday. Both teams played hard and Cacho's goals didn't come easily.
Both teams’ defense was impeccable at first, but things changed 20 minutes into the game. Cacho carried the ball up the field from the half, passed the entire defensive line and scored in the lower right of the goal.
About 10 minutes later, Cacho shot again but hit the post. Luckily for Brighton, senior forward Christian Castillo was there to score on the rebound.
“He’s phenomenal,” coach Adrian Kawuba said of Cacho. “He’s one of the best in the league. He’s vocal and helps out a lot with the younger ones, which is good to see.”
Meanwhile Dorchester had many breakaways, although the Bears were often off-sides.
By the end of the first half, Brighton was up, 2-0. When the whistle blew at the start of the second, however, it was clear that there was no way Dorchester was going to give up.
The end of the second half is when the action began. Both teams played stunning defense going into the second half.
A Brighton error allowed the Bears to cut the lead in half. After Dorchester’s indirect kick, Brighton was called for a handball in the penalty box.
With 12 minutes left, junior forward Warren Excius succeeded on the kick and scored in the lower left corner.
Castillo and Cacho came through again for Brighton in the last five minutes. Castillo carried the ball down the field and sent it over to Cacho for the finish.
“We worked hard to win,” Cacho said, “but we could have went for more goals. It was frustrating [at the end] but like coach says, good teams find a way to win no matter what.”
Other than Cacho and Castillo, junior keeper Jose Mata was also a clear star of the game with eight saves.
Dorchester freshman keeper Heroldans Limage also stood out with 12 saves.
“We’re definitely getting better,” Kawuba said. “We’re jelling more as a team and looking better. I’m happy to get a win as the away team, and in this weather.”
Dorchester coach Tim Lavin agreed that they could have played better and Brighton deserved the win.
“It was overall not our best performance today,” he said. “We came off a big win against Burke last week so this was a letdown. Brighton played very well, they showed up ready and it took us a long time to get going.”
Excius also said that his team could havebeen better, but that no one should count Dorchester out of the playoffs just yet.
“I was mad, it got tight in the end,” he said. “”But we’re not going to give up. We want the championship so we’re going to keep playing hard to get it.”
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