The fact that the majority of the players on the Blue All-Star squad play offense for their respective squads really showed during Saturday afternoon’s girls’ Boston City League All-Star game.
“When we first got here we kind of did a survey to see who plays what and all the girls play offense so it was like ‘OK so we’re going to have to move it around,’” New Mission coach Kerry Cormier, who co-coached the Blue All-Stars with Christine Kennedy, said after the 7-2 victory at Wentworth’s Sweeney Field.
“But the girls were great. They volunteered to play any position we wanted which was really nice to have. So we had a lot of flexibility just getting everybody in there and having fun.”
The Blue Team proved to have too much firepower for the Red Team as Charlestown’s Janiel Gordon and New Mission’s Amy Morales each scored two goals apiece.
“It was amazing,” said Gordon, who scored the first two goals of the game. “I prepared all the time and then it finally paid off.”
The Blue Team also got goals from Boston International’s Lovelyse Bien-Ami, Madison Park’s Berlizia Brito and South Boston’s Daitannah Smith.
While Gordon’s goals both came before the Blue squad took a 4-1 lead at halftime, Morales scored a goal in each half.
“I believe it’s an honor to be on the All-Star team because you get to be on a team of All-Stars not just players from your own school,” Morales said. “And you get to share a great experience. It also proves that you can play with other people even if it’s last minute. We all got along, no arguments or anything. The All-Star game was a great opportunity.”
Cormier and Kennedy, who co-coach New Mission, were coaching in the All-Star game for the firs time.
“It’s great to have a bunch of girls who all play soccer really well,” Kennedy said. “We had to keep subbing which was fun getting all the girls in and they all played great.
It was just a lot of fun to have girls who all love playing soccer playing together and playing a great game and having fun.”
O’Bryant coach Jason Joseph, who was coaching in the All-Star game for the second time in three years, said his team had fun despite the loss.
“I think they had a good time but they had a little bit more fire power is I guess the way to say it,” he said. “It’s an honor to here but it’s tricky, I’m just trying to get every girl in there and make sure they have fun. It’s tough when you don’t know them. I think we had 10 forwards and no midfielders, trying to mix and match; we had no goalie.”
There was no shortage of firepower on the Red Team’s first goal, a rocket by East Boston’s Vanessa Mejia-Figueroa from about 30 yards out in the 35th minute of the first half. Snowden’s Bianca Glover scored the other goal for the Red Team on an assist from West Roxbury’s Hiba Kafel in the 38th minute of the second half.
“The first goal that was a blast,” Joseph said. “That girl ripped it. She ripped it.”
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