Here’s a look at five things you need to know in boys’ high school soccer this week.
1. Player of the week – It’s usually difficult to separate performances from different players each week. But what Silver Lake senior forward Paul Beatty managed to do is nothing short of extraordinarily difficult.
Beatty scored one goal before halftime last week at No. 19 Hingham (10-2-1). But in a story from last week’s school roundup, Silver Lake coach Dan Correia explained how he altered the team’s game plan at halftime.
“We saw they were giving him more space than we thought they would,” Correia said in the story. “We basically sent the ball to him and let him go to work.”
And go to work, he did.
Beatty ended up scoring a hat trick in the first six minutes of the second half en route to a 5-0 Silver Lake victory. No, that’s not a typo; Beatty scored three goals in six minutes against a strong Hingham team.
Of all the strong performances last week from players around the state, Beatty’s topped all. The senior now has 23 goals and eight assists on the season.
2. Boston Latin scores priceless win on the road – On Friday afternoon last week, Boston Latin (3-6-3) went on the road to then-No. 1 Somerville in a nonleague meeting with the Highlanders. Boston Latin, still sits at the bottom of the Dual County League’s Small division.
Boston Latin certainly took on Somerville with some belief, and their attitude paid dividends. The visitor’s junior forward, Billy Hart, scored the only goal of the game just 12 minutes from the final whistle, as Boston Latin took down Somerville, 1-0.
But it’s not just Hart who should be praised for taking his chance against one of the state’s top teams. According to Boston Latin coach Jason Miller, junior goalkeeper Pearse Martin played well, too, making eight saves.
“In all my four years of coaching here, that was the best performance I’ve seen of our goalkeeper,” Miller said. “He was the man of the match. It was a brilliant effort.”
3. Top 20 – With Somerville losing, they are no longer the Globe Top 20’s No. 1. New Bedford (11-0-2) steps into that role, while the Highlanders drop to No. 6. The Whalers are followed by North Andover, Needham, Silver Lake and Masconomet to round out the top five.
Norton (13), Martha’s Vineyard (17) and Brockton (20) all move into the Top 20 this week.
4. Games of the week – There are two in-conference rivalry games this week that stand out – both are top 10 matchups.
Framingham at Needham, Thursday – The Flyers had a 2-1 lead over Needham at home, but lost, 3-2, after conceding two goals in the final five minutes. Can Needham defend its undefeated record, or will the Flyers avenge the loss from late September?
St. John’s Prep at BC High, Wednesday – When the two Catholic Conference rivals met in September, St. John’s Prep came from behind at home to win, 3-1. The Catholic Conference is virtually on the line — these two rarely drop points — and Prep is in the driver’s seat after their last win against BC High. Senior Mike Lanza and junior Paul Magazzu scored second-half goals for the No. 9 Eagles (11-1-2) to clinch the Catholic Conference championship over No. 10 BC High, 2-0.
5. Extra kicks – In the Atlantic Coast League, Dennis-Yarmouth’s soccer team won one game combined in 2011 and 2012.
This year, the Dolphins have a chance to qualify for the playoffs. After winning three of their first four games with new head coach Bill Altieri, the Dolphins lost three straight. But the Dolphins have won three of their last four games, tying their other game, and now need one point to make the tournament.
The Dolphins (6-4-1) face the ACL’s first-place team, Nauset, on Thursday at home in one of their final three league games.
Archbishop Williams’ (9-2-5) senior goalkeeper Ryan Crooker has 12 shutouts in 16 games.
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- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
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Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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