Although his team failed to make the city championships and got knocked out of the state tournament in the first round, Pedro Daveiga managed to cap his final high school soccer game on a huge high note.
The Boston International senior scored a hat trick in the Red Team’s 3-0 victory against the Blue Team in the boys’ Boston City League All-Star Game on Saturday afternoon at Wentworth’s Sweeney Field.
“In the first half we didn’t control the ball, pass it around, after the first half the coach said the better we pass the ball the better we will play so we did that,” Daveiga said after scoring all his goals in the second half. “We kept on moving the ball around and made the passes. And on the last one the goalie kicked it to me and I the last goal.
“It feels great. Thanks to all the people that are here to watch me to play. I’m a senior and we didn’t make it so far we didn’t make it to the cities’ and we lost in the first round of the states. It was my last year. This one was my last game of my high school season so I’m happy to finish it great.”
After launching a rocket from the left side of the net for his first goal in the 27th minute of the second half, Daveiga scored again in the 34th minute and again in 37th minute.
“The first goal [West Roxbury’s Ricter Mirville] crossed two people and passed it to the side and I moved forward and I got a shot to the corner,” Daveiga said. “The second one it was the same thing from the other side. On the last one the goalie just kicked it to me and two guys were on me and I just fought my way in and got the shot.”
A few minutes after the first goal, the Blue Team’s Kovin Ortiz hit a shot off the crossbar that could have tied the game.
“I was just asking for the ball and [my teammate] kept crossing everybody up but by the time he got it to me it was too late,” the Madison Park senior said. “I barely got to touch it because the defender was there and it hit off the crossbar.
“I wanted to finish with a win but there’s only team that won the game. They had a chance to win the game, three goals.”
The Red Team was coached by Dorchester’s Tim Lavin, whose team was the last City League soccer team to bow out of the state tournament the previous night with a 3-1 loss to Masconomet in the Division 2 North semifinals.
Lavin said the victory took the sting out of Friday night’s loss a little bit.
“The All-Star game is always fun and it’s nice to coach a group of good players and good young men,” he said. “They worked well together today and got themselves a few goals and a nice little win.
“We were able to create a few chances for Pedro and he’s an excellent finisher for both Boston International and for us today. He took those chances and we’re appreciative that he did. It’s a nice way for the city to cap off the season and celebrate soccer here in Boston.”
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