Here's a look at five things you need to know in boys high school soccer this week.
1) The player of the week -- In Beaver Country Day’s game against Landmark last Wednesday, senior Silmar Bueno was scoring at will. And when he wasn’t scoring himself, he was creating chances for his teammates.
Beaver Country Day defeated Landmark, 8-0, with Bueno – a senior captain and All-EIL player his sophomore and junior year – scoring four goals and assisting three of his teammates, too.
Beaver Country Day's coach Steve Schechter said, “(Bueno’s) goals included a well-placed header and a left footed blast from the top of the box.”
But Bueno’s best trait on the field isn’t that he’s a goal scoring threat. Schechter called Bueno a complete team player. “He is always looking to create opportunities for his teammates to score,” Schechter said.
Based on the fact Bueno managed three assists in a game where he netted four by himself, "complete" seems like an accurate word to describe his performance against Landmark.
2) Super sub performance of the week -- Wellesley Raiders sophomore forward Matt D’Anieri estimated that he played 50 minutes total in games against Needham and Brookline to start the season. D’Anieri was on the bench to start the Raiders’ third game against Brookline, but found himself getting significant minutes shortly after kickoff.
Once Wellesley senior Auris Kveraga left the game with a head injury that required stitches after five minutes, Raiders’ coach Tim Mason gave D’Anieri the chance to prove what he could do.
D’Anieri was facing a Brookline team that had conceded one goal in its first three games, and scored 11 in that stretch. But the Raiders’ substitute helped his team slice through Brookline’s defense, with the team scoring four goals in the first 38 minutes (D’Anieri had two in the first half).
Late in the second half, D’Anieri fired in a shot over the goalie’s head from roughly 20 yards out to complete his hat trick and boost the Raiders (2-1) to their second consecutive win. The final score was 5-1.
D’Anieri said he thinks he played around 55 minutes in the Brookline game, making a strong impression in his first opportunity to get varsity minutes.
“It was a really good way to display how deep our team is,” D’Anieri said. “We don’t need to just rely on our starters.
“(Having depth) is really important, because it’s hard for teams to shut us down. We don’t have one super star. Each and every player is capable of making a difference.”
3) Brockton faces three consecutive top 10 opponents -- The Brockton Boxers jumped out to a quick start in their season opener, knocking off No. 5 Dartmouth in an away game, 2-1, behind a goal from sophomore forward Camden Frederick.
After taking down Medford two days later, 4-0, the Boxers were handed their first loss on the road at No. 1 Somerville. Following a win over Xaverian, though, the Boxers find themselves at 3-1 (prior to Tuesday’s 6 p.m. kickoff against Durfee).
But a tricky run on the Boxers’ schedule starts this week. They travel to No. 5 BC High (3-0) on Wednesday afternoon (5:45 p.m. kickoff). What teams are on the Boxers’ schedule following this game? Brockton will visit No. 3 New Bedford, before facing No. 5 Dartmouth for the second time this season.
Sixth-ranked BC High will enter Wednesday’s game at 3-0. Senior John Marquardt scored and had two assists during the Eagles’ last game – a 3-1 win at Malden Catholic.
Can Brockton pull off two wins against Top 10 teams before the Globe’s second Top 20 comes out? Or will BC High protect its undefeated record before traveling to No. 8 St. John’s Prep on Saturday?
4) Silver Lake shining at start of season -- Silver Lake coach Dan Correia’s tri-captains – central midfielder Brendan Nemes and center backs Sean Hurlburt and Tim Barrow – have performed well at the start of the season for the Lakers (2-0-1). Nemes has two goals and an assist, while Hurburt has scored once as well.
But Lakers opponents are zeroing in on senior forward Paul Beatty, who is double and triple-covered consistently by the opposition.
“Paul has four goals in three games, and he barely even played against North Quincy,” said Correia.
The Lakers defeated North Quincy 8-0, and Beatty scored twice in the first 10 minutes before sitting the rest of the game. Beatty’s caught the eyes of opposing coaches.
“He’s the guy that other teams try and key in against,” said Correia.
Beatty scored near the end of the game in the Lakers’ season opening 2-2 tie against No. 4 Weymouth. He also netted a goal late against Hingham in a 2-0 win. Correia thinks Beatty’s athleticism has helped the forward be successful.
“He has the best feet that I’ve ever seen out of a forward,” Correia said. “He’s one of the top sprinters in the state in track, so that translates into soccer. Over the last three years he’s gotten so strong on the ball.”
But Correia knows his team’s success isn’t based off of one player completely. With eight returning starters, the team’s strong start to the season hasn’t surprised Correia, either.
“I expected us to have a strong start. I thought that playing Weymouth right out of the gate was a tough matchup,” said Correia.
“We’ve played well, but there’s certainly a lot of room for improvement. Compared to other teams, we’ve probably started out a little ahead of where we normally would (with eight returning starters).”
5) Game of the week -- No. 6 BC High at No. 8 St. John’s Prep is about as big a matchup as you will find three weeks into the season.
The 1-and-2 teams in the Catholic Conference haven’t had any issues with the opposition yet – the only blemish on St. John’s Prep’s record is a 1-1 tie in their first game against No. 7 Masconomet.
(It’s difficult to consider a tie versus Masconomet as a “blemish,” though.)
Against Malden Catholic last Wednesday, Prep had two players score hat tricks. (Senior Matt Chilton and junior Pat Foley.) In their past three games, Prep (4-0-1) has scored 18 times and allowed just two goals.
BC High will be a better measuring stick than Prep’s other opponents to determine just how much Prep has improved since the opener against Masconomet.
BC High face Brockton at home on Wednesday, and coach Bill Ryan will probably sort out any miscues from Wednesday’s game in practice before Saturday’s major Catholic Conference clash.
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