Here's a look at five things you need to know in boys high school soccer this week
1. Kicks for Cancer Tournament on Saturday – On Saturday, Sept. 28, Concord Carlisle High School is hosting a great group of soccer teams for an even better cause. For the seventh year in a row, the Kicks for Cancer tournament will take place, featuring three boys and three girls games. The 6 p.m. boys’ game – Concord-Carlisle vs. Lincoln-Sudbury – features a match up between the Globe’s No. 13 (LS) and No. 14 (CC) boy’s soccer teams.
Concord Carlisle boys’ soccer coach, Ray Pavlic, founded the event. All of the proceeds go to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. (The event has raised almost $100,000 since it started.) Tickets cost $5 for children and $10 for adults.
The weather for Saturday is supposed to be better than last year’s. With the forecast currently showing sun all day and a high of 73 degrees, it should be a great day for everyone involved.
2. Outstanding player of the week – Last Saturday, No. 4 St. John’s Prep (6-0-1) came from a goal down at home to defeat No. 8 BC High (4-1). Prep’s junior forward, Pat Foley, scored two goals in a strong second-half performance from the home side.
But during the game, Prep’s best performer had to be right-back Peter Kilcommons. It’s easier to notice if a center back is playing well, or a forward. An outside back doesn’t usually stand out as the team’s most effective player.
But Kilcommons was Prep’s most consistent player all around. He defended well, making some vital clearances in the back. Kilcommons ran the right sideline like a winger, and has an incredible motor. Perhaps the most important play of the game on Saturday was in a 1-1 game, Kilcommons surged into the box and earned a penalty kick after being brought to in the box, which midfielder Greg French converted. From there, Prep didn’t look back. And Kilcommons deserves a lot of credit for a big win on Saturday.
“Peter Kilcommons had a fantastic game today, and our formation and our gameplan is for him to get forward,” said St. John’s Prep coach, David Crowell.
“He’s so dangerous. He’s got an incredible motor, he just doesn’t stop… great play to draw the penalty kick. Our game plan is designed for him to get forward and get into the offensive third. The other teams don’t know how to mark him, and if they mark him then someone else is free.”
3. Shifts in Top 20, but top three unchanged – In the second Globe Top 20 of the season, preseason No. 4 Weymouth was dropped without winning a game. Formerly No. 19 Silver Lake (4-0-1) jumped 12 spots to No. 7 overall, after a terrific start. But perhaps the most notable sign of strength in this week’s Top 20 is the fact that the top 3 – No. 1 Somerville, followed by Needham and New Bedford – didn’t budge.
Somerville (5-0-1) tied at Lexington, 1-1, last Saturday, but responded by crushing Billerica on Monday. Needham (4-0-1) had a strong performance against a good Framingham side winning, 3-2, in the away match. And New Bedford (7-0) has breezed by so far. Other spots have and will change, but it’s difficult to see anyone ousting these teams in next week’s Top 20.
4. Game of the week – No. 5 Masconomet traveling to No. 1 Somerville on Wednesday is about as good as it gets in high school soccer. The Highlanders (5-0-1) boast senior forward Thayrone Miranda, who many regard as the best player in the state.
On Monday, the Chieftains trumped Saugus, 7-0, in an effort that saw seven different players score goals. It will be interesting to see how far the Chieftains can take Somerville – a win would be a major statement for either side.
5. Stats to keep in mind – The last team to score against Masconomet was St. John’s Prep in the opening game. Since the 1-1 tie in Danvers between those two sides, the Cheiftains have scored 19 goals and allowed none. … Holliston (5-0) rolled into this week’s Top 20 behind senior midfielder/forward Troy Waddell’s 11 goals. The Panthers have outscored opponents 24-2, but a 10-0 win over Millis makes the stat a little skewed. … Oliver Ames’ goalkeeper from last season, David MacKinnon, allowed just three goals in 18 games. This season hasn’t differed too much from the last, with the team having allowed just one goal in five games.
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