The boys’ soccer teams at Newton North and Brookline High Schools, perennial powers, are both in transition seasons. However, they still bring the intensity of their rivalry to the field, no matter what.
More importantly, they understand what they are playing for whenever they hit the pitch, especially during their Kicks for Cancer appearance in Concord on Saturday, which the Tigers won, 1-0.
“Today the main thing we talked about was what we’re here for,” said Newton North coach Roy Dow. “We’ve all picked names on the back of our shirts for a reason. We’re here to celebrate that. Life is short and you have to work hard.”
They played for Grandma and Grandpa, Coach Mitch, Wally, Brianna, Tuvia, and even Bob Marley.
Newton North freshman Conor Larkin was playing for his “Pop Pop,” who died this summer, and he honored him the best way he knew how, by scoring a goal in his memory.
Larkin scored the game’s lone goal with four minutes to play in the first half, launching it into the top left corner of the net. It was his second winning goal of the season.
“The ball just popped out and I just put it away,” said Larkin. “It felt really good because it’s the Kicks for Cancer game. It’s really all about the team. We played a good 80 minutes to win the game.”
Senior goalkeeper Andrew Leaper took care of the rest, stopping 10 shots, many over the final 20 minutes, to preserve the shutout for Newton North (2-5-2).
The sizable Tigers defense, led by Seamus Bruno, Gilad Seckler, and Zach Balder, put in solid work to shut down Brookline (1-5-2) and its talented attackers, Pedro Cavalho and Suri Chavali.
In another Kicks For Cancer game, Wakefield beat Stoneham, 2-0. M.J. Urbano scored in the 39th minute with an assist by Josh Laplaca, who scored the final goal in the 20th minute of the second half. Goalkeeper Allen Conlon registered two saves for his fourth shutout.
Also in the daylong tournament, Reading (5-3-1) beat Woburn, 1-0, for the Rockets’ third straight win. The goal was scored by Dane Sullivan, off an assist from Jackson Conroy. Host Concord-Carlisle got goals from Stowe Simonton, Mitchell Palmer, and Leo Fondreist to beat Lincoln-Sudbury, 3-0. And Acton-Boxboro and Wayland played to a scoreless tie.
BC High 6, Framingham 0 — The Eagles improved to 6-1 with the help of senior forward Zach Sanborn, who scored two goals and had one assist. Senior midfielder Alex Fairchild also scored.
Weymouth 2, St. John’s Prep 1 — Senior forward Mickey Lynch scored both Wildcat goals.
Gloucester 1, Beverly 0 — Senior Cal Cosgrove scored the lone goal 30 minutes into the first half on an assist from classmate Jason Vizena.
Wilmington 2, Burlington 0 — Wildcat juniors Ashleigh Howland and Alex Bischoff scored with assists from classmate Lauren Amazen.
Belmont 2, Lexington 0 — Defender Alexandra Cellucci scored the winner on a corner kick for the Marauders (6-2).
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