A day after a bus drivers' strike postponed school sports across the city, Boston International and Brighton squared off Wednesday in boys’ soccer amidst chilly temperatures at White Stadium.
Boston International (6-2) tied Brighton (5-4-2), 1-1, in what was an extremely evenly matched game.
“International’s one of the top teams in the league,” Brighton coach Hussein Issa said. “I’m happy with this tie. The kids knew coming in that it was going to be a battle.”
Brighton struck first when senior forward Lizandro Nogueira scored nine minutes in off a deflection.
“I got the rebound off one of my teammates,” Nogueira said. “The goalie came out, so the ball was left right there for me. I think overall we need to work on helping each other out defensively for our next game.”
It looked like Brighton was going to find success offensively, but for the rest of the half, it struggled to stay consistent with the ball.
With 30 seconds remaining in the half, Michiale Wineh had a breakaway opportunity for Brighton but was stopped by a great play from Boston International goalie Eliseu De Pina.
Boston International survived, and went into the half trailing, 1-0.
Following a pep talk from coach Miguel Cura, Boston International came out aggressively in the second half. Less than 10 minutes in, forward Marcos Espinosa scored off an assist from teammate Eber Moreno.
Afterward, Espinosa seemed more excited about the bus strike being over than his goal.
“I’m just happy with the opportunity to play,” he said. “ But it was a good goal, definitely a nice kick from Eber.”
The game ended with both teams struggling to find any rhythm with the ball. Boston International had a great opportunity with a penalty kick, but failed to convert.
Cura said he liked how his team played, but he recognized that it didn’t capitalize on some key opportunities.
“We had a lot of different opportunities to score today,” he said. “We need to work on hitting those penalty kicks -- that should be a given for us by now. But I think today was really well-played all around.”
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