East Boston High School’s head soccer coach Lorenzo Dibenedetto earned his 200th career coaching victory as his Jets thrashed Boston International, 6-3, Thursday at Memorial Stadium in East Boston.
Entering the game, Dibenedetto, 52, chose not to inform his team about the potential milestone.
“This group wasn’t aware of it. I wanted to concentrate on the kids getting the victory and playing well,” said Dibenedetto, a 1977 East Boston High School graduate. “Afterwards we celebrated and it was a special moment to share with my players.”
The Jets led 3-1 after the first half after senior midfielder and captain Carlos Ruiz scored two finesse goals. Ruiz had an encore performance in the second half and scored two goals within 10 minutes of each other.
“Carlos has been playing varsity for four years and is probably one of the top players in the city of Boston,” Dibenedetto said. “He is a multifaceted player and can play forward and midfielder.”
Ruiz, who was named an all-state player last year after scoring a team high 24 points, leads East Boston (2-0) with six goals and four assists after two games this season.
In his day, Dibenedetto was also a standout soccer player for East Boston. The former Jet finished his career as an All-New Englander as well as a city league all-star and enrolled in Middlebury College in Vermont where he was a four year starter.
His passion for soccer eventually took him overseas where he played for Barbarino Al Mugullo, an Italian club team, while he worked on his Master’s degree in Italian Literature at the University of Florence in 1982.
He began coaching in 1997 at Madison Park and after eight years began his head coaching career at East Boston where he has lead the Jets to three Boston City League Championships and five finals appearances.
“We have a very successful program at East Boston High,” Dibenedetto said. “It has been great to go back to East Boston high and earn this accomplishment.”
Ultimately, Dibenedetto does not want to dwell on his milestone, instead preferring to focus on coaching because this year’s team features an inexperienced lineup, after 13 seniors graduated including seven starters.
“We have a lot of new and young players,” Dibenedetto said. “It’s going to be a long road and it has been nice to get off on the right foot.”
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