Patriots knock off Sachems
Stephen Yen has waited a long time for this chance.
As a freshman in 2009, he watched from the sideline as Concord-Carlisle won the boys’ soccer state championship.
Last season, after performing solidly as a midfielder, he suffered a broken collarbone Oct. 22, causing him to miss the rest of the season as the
Yesterday morning Yen was one of the stars in Concord-Carlisle’s Division 2 North semifinal against Winchester at Woburn. He deked a pair of defenders in the midfield midway through the second half before sending a looping ball over the Winchester defense that landed right at the feet of a sprinting Gregoire Fauchet, who scored what turned out to be the winning goal in a 2-1 victory that sent the Patriots (14-4-2) to the sectional final against Wayland.
“That’s what I was working for,’’ Yen said. “I was so disappointed last year. The last two years I’ve had to watch the playoffs, and you always want to just get in there and help your team. This is sweet.’’
“That was a good one,’’ coach Ray Pavlik said of Yen’s pass. “That’s what we need him to do, to move the ball. He likes to dribble, sometimes too much, but that was a great ball and outstanding finish.’’
After senior Mikey O’Brien gave Concord-Carlisle a 1-0 lead in the first half by converting from the penalty area, Fauchet’s strike pushed the Patriots’ lead to 2-0. O’Brien nearly converted on a breakaway effort in the second half, but Sachems goalie Andrew Shediac made the stop and fired the ball back up field, where Marc Greenblatt fired a 20-yard laser into the upper right corner to make it 2-1.
Winchester had several chances late but was unable to finish as the Patriots eliminated the Sachems (15-3-2) for the second straight year.
“It was a heartbreaking game,’’ said first-year Winchester coach Kambiz Vatan. “It’s who gets lucky down at the end and Concord got lucky instead of us getting lucky.
“[The Patriots] weren’t playing football. That was high school soccer. Kick the ball and run fast. We have to find a solution to defend that.’’
Division 1 North
Billerica 4, Chelsea 2 - Joe Hill opened the scoring and assisted on Graham Hughes’s winner.
Division 2 North
Wayland 2, Danvers 1 - Nico Pascual-Leone headed in Mark Blahnik’s free kick with 4:48 left in overtime for the Warriors.
Division 1 South
BC High 2, Nauset 1 - John Marquardt scored the sixth and decisive goal in penalty kicks to boost the Eagles. Kevin Zemaitis saved six shots before saving three more in penalties.
Division 2 South Sandwich 2, Hingham 1 - Peter Alvarenga scored in the first half and Dallas Donovan in the second to lift the Blue Knights.
Girls Division 1 North
Peabody 1, Acton-Boxboro 0 - Junior Hayley Dowd scored in overtime for the Tanners.
Division 1 South
Oliver Ames 1, Bishop Feehan 0 - Kendall Andrew won it in overtime and Alexis Duffy-Protentis recorded her 11th shutout as the Tigers edged the previously undefeated Shamrocks.
Division 2 South
Duxbury 1, Dedham 0 - Freshman forward Maggie Maloney knocked in the winner with 10 minutes left.
Canton 1, Medfield 0 - Kayla Laughlin scored with two minutes to go as the Bulldogs handed the Warriors their first loss.
Division 3 South
Dover-Sherborn 4, Seekonk 0 - Senior captain Maddie Dunn netted three goals for the Raiders, who outshot the Warriors, 17-2.
Norwell 1, Ursuline 0 - Caitlin Collins scored 15 minutes in on an assist from Darci Vierra.