New Boston International boys’ soccer coach Miguel Cura was up and about all game as his young team squared off against Latin Academy at White Stadium Thursday afternoon.
Although this was Cura’s first outing, it was clear that he had gained the trust and respect of his players. And following a 2-0 victory, Cura was all smiles while congratulating his players on their tough play.
“It feels fantastic,” Cura said. "The guys played a real hard and fair game today. Offensively we did pretty well, we just need to continue working on keeping the ball and opening up the field a little more.”
Boston International (1-0) scored nine minutes into the game when midfielder Lauriano Barros bounced a spectacular header to fellow midfielder Emerson Cabral, who immediately scored.
This was Cabral’s first game for Boston International, too, and he mentioned what a relief it was to score.
“To score in my first game with the team, it feels great.” Cabral said. “I’m just excited to help my teammates.”
Later in the first half, Latin Academy scored an own goal when trying to clear a tough corner kick out of its zone. And that proved to be all the scoring.
Despite that first-half blunder, Latin Academy did get stellar play defensively from Anders Kirleis and goalie Lemuel Mills, who logged eight saves. Coach Dennis Allen wasn’t too concerned with that second goal; in fact, he viewed it with a hint of humor.
“It’s a long season,” Allen said. “We’re just going to keep practicing and working hard at playing at a higher tempo, and of course keeping better control of the ball.
"On a positive note, we didn’t give up any goals in the second half, and we’ve got four probable starters back next week. So we’ll definitely improve.”
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