Here’s a look at five things you need to know in boys’ high school soccer this week.
1. Oliver Ames’ standout players – Oliver Ames sits atop the Hockomock league’s Davenport division. But the No. 13 Tigers (6-0-3) wouldn’t be there without the help of midfielder Gaston Cetrangolo and center back Evan Coose.
Oliver Ames coach John Barata describes Cetrangolo as, “the lynchpin that holds our midfield together.” Cetrangolo has five goals and four assists this season. To the Tigers coach, Coose is the main leader on the team. “He is disciplined and wins every tackle he goes into,” said Barata.
And what happens when you bring the two together?
“Together, these boys have been the engine for Oliver Ames,” said Barata.
2. Player of the week – Bedford senior midfielder Mike Dushman scored the lone goal of last week’s win over Lincoln-Sudbury, and added two goals later in the week in Bedford’s 2-0 win over Newton South. Dushman is a four-year varsity starter and was last year’s Dual County League MVP.
Dushman’s coach, David Boschetto, described Dushman’s goal as “a one-touch finish at the edge of the (penalty) area.” Boschetto said that Dushman then moved into more of a defensive midfield position for the second half to preserve the win, showing Bedford’s captain’s versatility in midfield.
“He is phenomenal in the air and more willing than other attackers of his caliber to defend deep,” said Boschetto.
3. Game of the week – Framingham at Wellesley, 3:45 p.m., Thursday. The Raiders have won eight straight since losing to No. 4 Needham in their opener, 2-1. The No. 6 Flyers have won every game as well, other than their 3-2 defeat at home to the Rockets.
So, when these two top eight teams clash on Thursday, you can expect a good one. The 8th-ranked Raiders (8-1) are led by senior forward Tyler Kuchenbecker up top. Captains Andrew D’Anieri and Ryan Stuntz usually lock down their opponents at center back.
But Wellesley will need to bring its A game against the Flyers (9-1). Lorran Cancado has registered four goals and 14 assists this year for the Flyers in midfield, while both Bryant Nardizzi and Joao Costa have netted eight goals each.
4. Kicks for Cancer update – On Saturday, Sept. 28, Concord-Carlisle High School hosted its seventh annual Kicks for Cancer tournament, which raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The event was a major success, according to Concord-Carlisle athletic director Barry Haley. This year’s event raised “over $30,000.”
5. Shakeup in Top 20 – Albeit a minor shakeup, the top four teams have swapped spots. No. 1 Somerville stands atop the Top 20 once again, but New Bedford moves into No. 2 after the Rockets (No. 4) have had a string of ties. North Andover (11-0) moves into No. 3. St. John’s Prep moves down to No. 7 after losing to now-No. 11 Wilmington last week. Bedford (16), Madison Park (20) and Belmont (19) all move into the Top 20, while Dartmouth drops out.
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