Here’s a look at five things you need to know in boys’ high school soccer this week.
1. A look at the new Top 20 – In this week’s new Top 20, there’s very little change up top. Like last week, Somerville, Needham, New Bedford and St. John’s Prep round out the top four.
North Andover and Silver Lake each move up one spot, to five and six respectively. Framingham – which has only lost to No. 2 Needham in a tight, 3-2 game – jumps all the way to No. 7. Masconomet, which lost at No. 1 Somerville, 2-1, last week, falls three spots to No. 8.
But even looking past Masconomet – BC High, Oliver Ames and Wellesley follow – the teams in the spots 5 through 11 are really neck-and-neck. Not much has separated this group, which is why it will be interesting to see which teams fall and rise before the end of the month.
2. Week in review – Last week’s game of the week – No. 1 Somerville against then-No. 5-Masconomet – lived up to the hype. Somerville won, 2-1, in what was a back-and-forth game.
On Saturday, Concord-Carlisle High School hosted its seventh annual Kicks for Cancer tournament. The on-field highlight was the final game of the night – No. 14 Lincoln-Sudbury vs. No. 15 Concord-Carlisle. The two teams tied, 1-1, but the game was played at a frenetic pace. There were chances for both teams late, but neither could find the back of the net.
Off the field, Wakefield coach Matt Angelo’s team lost to Lexington, 3-1. But Angelo’s father, Mike, is battling cancer and attended the game. The entire Wakefield team wore the name “Angelo” on the back of their shirts in honor of Mike. The only person not wearing “Angelo” was the coach, Matt, who wore a shirt that had “Dad” on the back.
“To see something like this two years in a row, it just takes my breath away,” said Mike Angelo. “I try that much harder that I'm going to beat it and see them much longer after this is gone.”
3. Players of the week – There were a number of players with hat tricks in games last week. Among those players are New Bedford’s senior forward Klisman Sousa, Wellesley’s Adam Chernew (who totaled four goals last week) and North Andover’s Michael Skarabelis.
BC High midfielder Zach Coggins didn’t score a hat trick – he scored two goals last week – but the timing of his goals was more important to the Eagles.
Coggins scored the game-winning goal in the 78th minute against St. John’s (Shrewsbury) on Monday, before scoring a goal 10 minutes from time in the Eagles’ 1-1 tie with No. 2 Needham on Saturday.
4. Game of the week – There are two games of the week – both can be considered trap games for teams in the Top 10.
- Framingham at Brookline, 4 p.m. Tuesday — The eighth ranked Flyers (7-1) travel to Brookline for what could be a trap game. The Warriors (5-2-1) last lost to Needham in a close one, 1-0. After playing confidently against Newton North over the weekend in a 2-0 win, Brookline could test Framingham.
- St. John’s Prep at Wilmington, 3 p.m. Saturday — The No. 4 Eagles have won eight straight since tying No. 8 Masconomet, 1-1, in their opener. But the Wildcats (7-1) have surged to No. 16 in this week’s Top 20, winning seven straight after an opening loss to Reading. The Eagles will have their work cut out for them if they want to stay unbeaten.
5. Stats to keep in mind – No. 6 Silver Lake (7-0-1) average 5.9 goals per game. The Lakers have scored 6, 14, 7 and 5 goals in their last four games, only allowing two in that span. … No. 16 Wilmington (8-1) has won eight straight. In six of those games, Wilmington has won by a margin of three or more goals. … Top-ranked Somerville (8-0-1) has won its last three games, but only by one goal. The Highlanders beat Masconomet, 2-1, and both Cambridge and Everett, 1-0.
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