Despite a handful of early-season injuries, including one to star striker Aidan Brown (32 goals in 2011), the Bishops have been working hard to generate offense. But to date, the Spartans were their toughest test, returning a deep, talented group of midfielders.
Monday night, Mitchell got the production he was hoping for. Filling in for Brown, sophomore Jack McCarry scored his first goal of the season 10 seconds into the match and senior Shane Moriarty tallied the winner as the Bishops (5-0, 2-0) earned a marquee league win with a 2-1 victory over the Spartans in Braintree.
“We only lost three players from last year’s team,” said Mitchell.
“It’s been tough offensively [with injuries] and we’re still trying to find our identity. This was a game we knew was going to be a huge game at the end of the season to see who would be CCL champions.”
After McCarry’s quick strike, the Bishops and Spartans traded opportunities before Williams took its 1-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, senior defender Jake Reardon carried the ball up field, beating four defenders before slotting the ball to Moriarty in the midfield. Moriarty buried the shot from 18 yards out to put the Bishops up, 2-0.
The assist was Reardon’s fourth on the season, and with Brown out until next week, Moriarty has been strong up front, now with eight goals in five games.
Even with the 2-0 lead, the Bishops elected to continue applying pressure instead of going conservative. The Bishops racked up several other scoring chances, including one by Willie Matthews, who hit the crossbar.
Goalie Ryan Crooker, a former defender, had six saves, including a quick, instinctive save on a strike from 10 yards out. Crocker has allowed only five goals in five games.
“My goalie from last year graduated, so [Crooker] has hopped in and did a lot of goalkeeping training in the offesason,” said Mitchell.
“He had a few unbelievable saves to keep the lead today.”
Archbishop Williams looks to continue its early success when they face off against seven-time league champion Cardinal Spellman on Wednesday. The Bishops are 1-8 against the Cardinals under Mitchell.
Bishop Feehan 2, King Philip 1 — Juniors Matt Moschella and Drew Humphrey each scored for the Shamrocks (1-1).
Bourne 5, Case 0 — Senior Blade Leavenworth scored two goals for the Canalmen (4-1-1).
Lowell Catholic 3, Marian 1 — Andrew Pereria led the scoring, netting two goals for the Fighting Crusaders.
Ipswich 6, Rockport 1 — Ryan Law had a hat trick and Erik Fyrer recorded eight saves for the Tigers.
Mystic Valley 4, Pope John 1 — Senior Tomas Drahos had a hat trick for the victors.
East Boston 6, Boston English 0 — Junior Martha Chacon led the Jets (2-1) with two goals.
New Mission 6, Charlestown 0 — Rodas Ghidei, Brianna Bannister, and Amarielis Morales each scored one goal and senior Bonnie Ramos had a hat trick.
Hanover 5, Rockland 1 — Senior captain Alicia Varraso notched two goals and added two assists for the Indians (3-1-0).
Governor’s Academy 3, Pingree 1 — Junior midfielder Erica Merullo led the Governors (1-0) with a goal and an assist.
Cardinal Spellman 8, Arlington Catholic 0 — The Cardinals (4-0) picked up their fourth straight victory behind two goals apiece from seniors Stephanie Pitts and Sidney Stengel. Continued...