The thoughts of an undefeated season had been on all our minds going into the first game of the season. But then again, isn't that everyone's goal? Unfortunately, we lost our first game of the year, losing 3-2 at Silver Lake.
We came out flat at first, however, things started to get going as junior striker Brett Canepa put away a cross from left midfielder Daniel Stein. We kept the energy up, only to have a penalty called on us granting the Silver Lake team a penalty kick. We scored yet again off the foot of Canepa, but Silver Lake answered in the second half. With every call seemingly going against us, the refs gave Silver Lake a second penalty kick with 13 minutes left to play in the game. They converted, ultimately holding us off for the win.
Everyone on the team was disappointed, but we knew that we played well, especially for our first game (Silver Lake had already played three matches). We were all pretty agitated with the two penalty kicks, considering our coach had only one called against us in the previous eight years. However, both good and bad calls are part of the game, and that only added to our intensity for the upcoming match against Whitman-Hanson.
With the thoughts of an undefeated season out of our heads, we were able to fully concentrate on Whitman-Hanson. The Panthers, being new to the Patriot League, were foreign to us. We arrived at Whitman-Hanson with full intensity, and we did not let down. We came out firing, with Canepa scoring from a feed from Jonathan Scott within in the first 10 minutes.
Unfortunately, the goal was called back on a controversial offsides call. This call only added to our fire, as we scored soon after that. Joe Eisenbies put in a flawless ball from outside of the 18-yard box, with Federico Kelly netting his first goal of the season. Our defense played perfectly, letting up only one shot in the first half. Canepa then scored in the second half, putting the game out of reach. We were extremely excited with the way we played. In the second game of the season it seemed like we were playing as a team who was 10 games in.
On Thursday of this past week, we played Scituate, a team whom we tied and beat last year. This year was much different. It was our first home game and we came out really flat, but fortunately for us, Scituate did not capitalize. We got it together, scoring two goals in the middle of the first half. As the first half moved on, we were able to net two more goals, making it 4-0 at half. Scituate came out strong during the second half, stringing together passes and using their fast forwards to try to get some chances. However, our defense played yet another flawless game, holding the Scituate team to zero goals and almost an equal number of shots. Fede Kelly capped off the game with his second goal, scoring in the second half, finalizing the game at 5-0. With a game like this, we were ready for Duxbury.
Our two most-anticipated games of every year are against Duxbury, with every game containing a lot of animosity. This year we needed to prove ourselves, with Duxbury ranked 19th in the state and our squad being unranked in the Globe's preseason poll. Adding to that was the fact that Duxbury ended up beating us and tying us last year. We had been waiting for this game since the start of the season. With a few of our best players playing sick, things were not looking good before the game. However, we came out hard to start the game, winning every 50/50 ball and playing completely as a team.
Throughout the first half, we peppered the Duxbury goalie with chances from both inside and outside of the box. With solid play from our defense, we kept the Duxbury forwards at bay for the first half and throughout the entire game. But it was during the second half that we started taking advantage of Duxbury's tired legs. Our first goal came in the beginning of the second half off of a cross from Kelly to Canepa, who scored his fifth goal of the year. We scored again about halfway through the half when captain Joe Eisenbies scored off a free kick, striking a low shot into the bottom right corner.
Duxbury still did not let up, trying to put it over the top on our defense. However, Nick Cavalieri shut down their star striker, while Garrett Lincoln, John Ripple, and Nick Perry provided support and took care of the other equally talented forwards. Midfielder Jack Boland scored the finisher with five minutes to play, slipping a rebound past the goalie. We shut out yet another team, except this time it meant a little more. We beat our biggest rivals in Duxbury, with not just one player, but an entire team.
We are now 3-1, with four games to play this upcoming week. It will be pretty hectic playing four games but our outstanding conditioning and deep bench will be the deciding factor through this difficult stretch.