Madison Park claims City League soccer title
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Madison Park’s boys’ soccer team survived penalty kicks and the loss of its biggest offensive weapon in the second half on Thursday to win its third straight Boston City League championship.
Tied at a goal apiece going into penalty kicks, Madison Park sophomore goalkeeper Joao Rosa stopped two of Boston International’s four penalty kicks while the Cardinals netted four kicks to secure the 2-1 victory.
“I was kind of nervous, but after I saved the first one I knew the kid was going to kick it to the same spot so I didn’t go to my right, I went to my left, so that’s how I saved the second one,” Rosa said. “I’m looking for four-peat next year.”
Ten minutes into the second half, Madison Park senior midfielder Edmilson Barros — who scored his seventh hat trick of the season in the Cardinals’ semifinal victory against Brighton Wednesday — was called for his second yellow card, forcing his team to play shorthanded the rest of the way.
The Cardinals (17-3) still managed a goal 10 minutes later when freshman forward Bill Toloe guided the ball past the Lions’ freshman keeper, Eliseu de Pina, to go up 1-0.
“It shows a lot of character in the team [that they scored] even though [Barros] went out,” Madison Park coach Joao Gomes said. “He’s a great leader, he’s a great scorer, when he went out the players just got together [and said,] ‘Win one for him.’ ”
Boston International (15-3) tied the game 10 minutes later on a goal by sophomore midfielder Fabio Goncalves, who put the ball away after it deflected off Rosa.
Both sides agreed before the game to go straight to penalty kicks instead of having two 10-minute overtime sessions because Madison Park plays its first state tournament game against Lexington on Friday. The city championship game was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was pushed back by Hurricane Sandy.
Although he agreed to the ground rules, Boston International coach Djon Ramos said his team could’ve won if it had played an overtime.
“We lost by penalty kicks and that could happen to anybody,” he said. “We did a good job and we scored, but that’s the way it is in penalty kicks. Penalty kicks don’t define who’s best. It was disappointing, but I thought we played very well.”
Senior Alosio Barbosa, Toloe, junior Kovin Ortiz, and junior Emike Pires scored penalty kicks for Madison Park, while freshman Aderito Rodriques and senior Stephan Teixeira scored PKs for the Lions.
“I didn’t want it to go to overtime because anything can happen and they were attacking us all the time,” Rosa said. “I feel lucky.”
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