On most days, a No. 1 ranked team earning a win is like the sun making its journey around the globe: it's just assumed it will happen. When the top team defeats a ranked opponent, it’s referred to as a good win. But when No. 1 Somerville defeated No. 5 Masconomet Wednesday with seven starters out of the lineup, the 2-1 boys' soccer victory was downright impressive.
Highlanders coach George Scarpelli was impressed with how his reserves, made up of junior varsity and freshman players, stepped up in the game. His starters were out with various injuries and off-the-field matters.
“The kids really stuck together,” Scarpelli said. “It says a lot about the program.”
Somerville scored first on a Jonathan Figueroa strike off a volley in the middle of the first half. With 10 minutes left in the game, senior midfielder Julio Saiguero scored the eventual winning goal, as his 25-yard strike found the low corner of the net.
Although the Chieftains scored with seven minutes remaining, Somerville was able to hold onto the victory.
The 28-year coach gave a lot of credit to senior Francisco Fernandez in the victory.
Scarpelli said the senior is generally overlooked because of his lack of size, but he “plays like an eight-footer.” The coach also praised senior goalkeeper Luis Guerra, who made 12 saves.
Scarpelli said his team is looking to have a “one game at a time” mentality throughout the rest of the season. In games like this, Scarpelli said, “you realize how important role players are.” It’s those role players who helped lift Somerville.
“This isn’t a victory just for the varsity team,” Scarpelli said. “But for the entire program.”
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