Similar to a presidential election, the Boston International boys’ soccer team got some early results in its Division 3 North quarterfinal game against Weston Tuesday night that didn't predict the game's outcome.
As it turned out, No. 8 seed Weston upset the top-seeded Lions, 2-1, in dramatic fashion at Ceylon Field in Dorchester.
After Boston International junior midfielder Dario De Pina scored 2:30 into the game, the Lions (14-4) dominated play until Weston tied the game with six minutes left and scored the game-winning goal four minutes later. Senior Andrew Bromfield got the winner for Weston (11-4-4) and also assisted on senior Chason Timko’s equalizing goal.
“I don’t believe that we lost this game,” said first-year Boston International coach Djon Ramos. “We controlled the game all day. We tried.”
Ramos decried a foul called near his team’s bench that lead to the free kick that Weston scored its second goal off.
“The second goal, it was not our fault,” he said. “The ref just talked to me and said [he had] a little bit of doubt but, ‘I have to call it,’ ” Ramos said. “We played very well. The only thing that we didn’t do was to score.
"We missed probably five goals, at least two or three for sure. The guy's in front of the netbut couldn’t put it in. That’s why they say in soccer you miss and then you suffer. And that’s what happened. Of course, Weston is a very good team and they kept consistent all the way. We did our part but unfortunately that’s the result.”
Nobody missed more in the second half than Boston International junior midfielder Aderito Rodrigues, who had scored two goals in a first-round win Sunday night against Manchester. Senior forward Bruno Pires also scored against Manchester. But in doing so, Pires reinjured the knee that kept him out of the city championships against Madison Park.
The injury kept Pires out of Tuesday’s game as well.
This was not the only hard knock Boston International suffered this season. The Lions also lost in the city championship final on penalty kicks to Madison Park.
“I don’t know what happened,” De Pina said of Tuesday’s loss. “The defense couldn’t get the ball down, that’s what happens. We were attacking but it didn’t work. We couldn’t get it in because they were tough, they are a good team.”
The junior said his team will be back next year.
“I will just get my team together and ready,” he said, “Go to practice every day and get ready for the next year.”
Ramos agreed that he will have a strong team for his second season next year.
“We have to rebuild," he said. "We are a small school, again. Whoever is there we try to work early with the team, build it up and see if we can do the same thing as this year.
“We’re definitely going to learn from our mistakes from Madison Park to this game. We’re definitely going to build on those and regroup and try to have a good season next year.”
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