Playing with only nine players, the Charlestown boys’ soccer team left it all on the field Thursday afternoon against Snowden International at White Stadium.
Although the first half was tight, in the end Snowden’s depth pulled through as it prevailed, 7-0, over a gassed Charlestown team.
For the first 40 minutes, the teams were evenly matched. Charlestown (1-4-1) was led early by strong play from Julian Medina, Marvin Mendoza, and Sofet Oboni.
But Snowden (3-6-1) couldn’t be contained for too long.
It wasn’t until the 41st minute that Snowden’s Boubacar Seck scored the game’s first goal, which came off a corner kick. Three minutes later, Snowden struck again when Hernan Urritia scored following a deflection off Charlestown’s goalie.
Snowden took the 2-0 lead into the half, and it wouldn’t surrender a goal for the rest of the game.
“The guys keep believing that they can get better as a team,” Snowden coach Joao Barros said. “My guys hung in there after a tough stretch of losses and they continued to practice and get develop as a team.”
In the second half, Snowden picked up where it left off. Less than a minute in, Gabriel Porter scored for a 3-0 lead.
Then Snowden scored four more times. Freshman Jean Juste Ramsey scored twice, and Bah Ibrahim and Brandon Arteaga each added a goal.
This was Ramsey’s second game back after a collarbone injury.
“My teammates communicated and passed well on my goals,” Ramsey said. “I got hurt against Dorchester, but I’m glad to be back out here. I’m also happy with our overall teamwork today.”
For Barros and Snowden, each game is a steppingstone to improving the program. The Snowden players were also fortunate enough to wear their new jerseys today.
After the game, Barros described his outlook as focusing on long-term development.
“We’re looking at the long-term over here,” he said. “I think we can go from always being the underdog to a much more competitive team in the future.”
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