As the season progresses in the city league, so does the intensity. Here are the games to watch:
No. 1: C.A.S.H. at Madison Park, 3:30 p.m., Monday.
C.A.S.H. is 7-3 in the league, and appears headed for the city tournament. They beat Snowden, 4-1, and Latin Academy, 1-0, and coach Ian Glaude said his boys are looking better than ever.
Madison Park beat East Boston, 4-0, this week and ended its undefeated streak in the city. That leaves the Cardinals as the only undefeated team in the league. If C.A.S.H. can change that, they’ll be a front-runner in the city championships.
No. 2: Boston International v. Dorchester, 3:30 p.m. at White Stadium, Monday.
Boston International had a great week with a strong 10-2 win against West Roxbury on Wednesday. The Lions feature many forwards with super speed and strength. It’s because of them, that the team’s record is 7-2.
Dorchester is 9-3 and the Bears also had a fantastic week with two shut outs; 7-0 against Boston English Tuesday and 6-0 against West Roxbury on Friday.
Both teams are strong in all areas of the field and pretty equal in skill, making this match a toss up.
No. 3: O’Bryant v. West Roxbury, 3:30 p.m. at Millennium field, Monday.
The usually strong O’Bryant suffered a tough week. They were shut out in all three games, 3-0 against Wayland Saturday, 7-0 versus Brighton Tuesday and 6-0 against Burke on Friday. The always positive coach Ian Doreain expects the team to have a much better week, starting with West Roxbury.
West Roxbury’s week was also disappointing. They lost 10-2 against Boston International on Wednesday and 6-0 to Dorchester on Friday.
Doreian feels the Tigers need three more wins and a tie to qualify for the city championships, and they’re counting on West Roxbury for one of them. Both teams will come in strong to prove that they’re postseason contenders, ensuring a heated match.
No. 1: O’Bryant vs. New Mission at Reservation at 3:30 p.m., Thursday.
The top two teams are going head-to-head this week.
New Mission lost its undefeated record in its match against Latin Academy, 1-0, last week. They haven’t lost confidence, however, and shut out South Boston, 3-0, Thursday.
O’Byrant has only one loss as well, but to suburban Mt. Alverania. They shut out Snowden, 7-0, this week which means that the Tigers are still undefeated in the city league.
Both teams have great skill and only one loss. As the top two in the league, it’s hard to tell who will come out on top.
No. 2: Latin Academy vs. Dorchester at Franklin Field #2 at 3:30 p.m., Wednesday.
Dorchester has had quite a recovery. After suffering five losses in the beginning of the season, the Bears have had a complete turnaround since. They shut out Burke 3-0 on Tuesday and tied Brighton, 2-2.
Latin Academy had a similair week with a shut out and a tie. The Dragons dominated Boston English, 11-0, on Wednesday and tied East Boston, 0-0, on Friday.
While Dorchester has been doing well, Latin Academy is a top contender in the league with a lot of suburban experience. This match looks like it’s in Latin Academy’s favor, but Dorchester hopes to pull off the win.
No. 3: East Boston at Minuteman at 3:30 p.m., Monday.
Eastie has been having a great season with a 8-2-1 record. While the team is strong, the Jets have lost every time it has played in the suburbs; 5-0 to Everett and 7-0 to North Quincy.
Minuteman won't be an easy win for East Boston, as it has a strong roster and a 9-2 record.
All of the BPS girls soccer teams have had a hard time in matches outside of the city. If the Jets can earn a win against a Suburban opponent, it will be a boost for all city teams heading into the MIAA postseason.
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