Second-half surge propels No. 6 Mustangs
The sixth-ranked Medford boys’ soccer team exploded for a four-goal second half to pull away from a fiesty East Boston squad in a 5-2 victory at Edgerly Field in Medford yesterday.
Following a 2-2 tie against Charlestown Tuesday, the Jets (5-1-1) arrived in Medford down four starters, including leading scorer Carlos Ruiz (17 goals, 11 assists).
“That game took a lot out of our guys,’’ said East Boston coach Lorenzo DiBenedetto. “It was a very physical game.’’
Medford set the tone early, using its size advantage to apply pressure, which resulted in a goal by Jean Joseph three minutes into the game.
The Mustangs (6-0) continued to push the play but five close-range shots went over or wide of the net. Capitalizing on their opponents’ missed opportunities, the Jets used their speed and skill to push back. East Boston broke through when Kevin Alfaro flicked a corner kick into the box. Elmer Ventura collected the bounding ball and shuffled it across the line to the far post, tying the game at 1-1.
“They showed a lot of heart and a lot of skill,’’ said Medford coach Michael Petrides. “I’d hate to see what they’d be like with a full squad.’’
The second half started the same as the first, with Medford setting the tone. But it did not end the same as the Mustangs’ attack was too much for the depleted
“In all of our games this year we have played a tight first half,’’ said Petrides. “We’re getting there and getting our legs underneath us.’’
Erik Baptista, Matheus Anastacio, John Dumboya, and Tenzin Choepak accounted for the Mustangs’ second-half goals and Jonathan Pires chipped in with two assists.
The Jets got a late goal from Marvin Melgar, who blasted the ball from the top of box past the goalie.
Waltham 1, Newton South 0 - Junior keeper Justin McCaffie stopped eight shots for his first career shutout. Gerson Zuniga-Osorio scored the lone goal on an assist by Sam Longhitano.
Archbishop Williams 3, Arlington Catholic 1 - Sophomore Aidan Browne notched his second hat trick of the week and junior Shane Moriarty picked up two assists for the Bishops (5-1-1).
Milton Academy 1, Thayer 1 - Thayer tied the game with 2 1/2 minutes to go on a goal from senior forward Christian Allard.
Lowell Catholic 5, Pope John 0 - Senior David Haley scored four goals and had an assist, leading the Crusaders over the Tigers.
Peabody 2, Gloucester 0 - Senior midfielder Colin Mahoney scored both goals.
Whitman-Hanson 2, North Quincy 0 - Goals by Nick Anderson and Anthony Iaonnone and a shutout by Chris Ryan led the Panthers (1-5-1) to their first win of the season.
BC High 3, Xaverian 2 - Junior forward Zack Sanborn netted two goals, including the winner in the 63d minute, for the Eagles (3-3-1).
North Andover 4, Haverhill 0 - Goalkeeper Mike Maroney stopped a penalty kick, his first of 10 saves, in the first thirty seconds and senior forward/midfielder Eric Reidal scored two Scarlet Knight goals.
Lincoln-Sudbury 5, Weston 0 - Senior midfielder Ryan Bassinger scored twice and added an assist for the Warriors.
Boys’ golf Hingham 222, North Quincy 262 - Senior Nick Passios led the Harbormen (6-2) with a 1-under-par 33 at President’s Golf Course in Quincy. Freshman Jeff Russell and senior Tim Murphy both shot 2 over.
Girls’ soccer Concord-Carlisle 3, Westford 1 - Andrea O’Brien scored a hat trick as the
Mansfield 4, Foxborough 0 - Senior midfielder Rebecca Kemp found the back of the net three times in the first five minutes as the Hornets routed the Warriors.
St. Mary’s 3, Austin Prep 2 - Senior captain Brianna Anderson scored a pair of goals for the Spartans.
Braintree 1, Weymouth 0 - Senior captain Jessica Hasson recorded the shutout.
Field hockey Case 2, Bourne 1 - Sophomore midfielder Emily Cheney scored her first goal of the season but the Canalmen fell to the Cardinals.
Andover 4, North Andover 0 - Anne Farnham had two goals and Taylor Ferris added two assists while anchoring the Golden Warriors (7-0) defense.
Marshfield 3, Plymouth South 0 - Sydney Wade (8 service points) and Noelle McHugh (5 kills) led the Rams (4-5).