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Since changing its lineup to play three forwards, the Norton boys have been a handful for opposing defenses, with (from left) Matt Bukowski, Jon Lach, and Kevin O’Leary striking for a combined 31 goals for the 10-0-4 team.
Since changing its lineup to play three forwards, the Norton boys have been a handful for opposing defenses, with (from left) Matt Bukowski, Jon Lach, and Kevin O’Leary striking for a combined 31 goals for the 10-0-4 team.Credit: Lane Turner/Globe Staff

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The players, locked arm-in-arm in a circle on the pitch, were chanting incoherently while kicking their legs forward into other players who had willingly entered the middle.

The seemingly unorganized scene, following an 8-0 Tri-Valley League win over Millis Tuesday afternoon, has become routine for the Norton High varsity boys’ soccer team this season.

The postgame ritual has evolved into their victory dance, and with the Lancers at the 10-0-4 mark through 14 games, there has been plenty of practice.

Those individuals in the middle either scored a goal, recorded a shutout, or were standouts.

The team has evolved from a .500 club (9-9 in 2012) into a power after graduating just two starters.

The biggest change has been a shift from a 4-4-2 formation to the 4-3-3.

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