The East Boston boys’ soccer team came out firing when it played Latin Academy on an unusually humid October afternoon Wednesday at White Stadium.
Less than a minute into the game, Jets midfielder Eddy Umanzor scored off an assist from Daniel Orrego, opening the floodgates for a 5-0 victory.
“We lost to a better team today,” Latin Academy coach Dennis Allen said. “We need to congratulate them on a well-played game.”
Twenty minutes after Orrego’s strike, forward Sebastian Toro scored the second goal following some nifty dribbling and passing by fellow forward Nelson Moran. Toro scored three of the five Jets goals on the day, while Orrego logged the other two.
“We played a hard game,” Toro said. “On that first goal, I passed the ball to my teammate and we had that give-and-go working, so I shot it into the top right part of the net after I got it back.”
The Jets (5-2) took that 2-0 lead into the half, and came out equally aggressive in the second half. Toro and Orrego continued where they left off and led a relentless offensive surge that kept Latin Academy goalie Lemuel Mills on his toes all afternoon.
Toro scored in the 63d and 83d minutes, while Orrego scored in the 80th. It appeared that Latin Academy (4-4) was feeling the heat, both from the weather and the quickness of the East Boston players.
“I’m disappointed in the first two goals,” Allen said. “They scored on what I like to call 'casual play' from our guys. Those are the kind of things that give games away against the elite teams.”
East Boston coach Lorenzo DiBenedetto first talked about his team's two losses of the season, and how his team improved on some of its shakier aspects Wednesday.
“We lost to Dorchester and International because we didn’t have an effective sniper on the net,” DiBenedetto said. “Those teams also punished us when we made mistakes. Latin Academy let us play our game out there today, and when teams allow us to play our game, we can play with anyone.”
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