In the fall of 1981, Needham’s Don Brock elected to keep a freshman on his varsity soccer roster, something he had never done before as coach.
Jay Steeves, a goalkeeper, would take over as the full-time starter by season’s end, and helped guide the Rockets to a state title berth during his four-year tenure in net.
In 2009, Brock promoted another freshman onto his varsity squad, only the second in his 40-plus years on the bench. The player was Jay’s son, Mac, a striker who, much like his father, became a full-time starter before the end of the year.
Now a senior captain for the Rockets, and with his father as an assistant coach, Steeves has become one of the top players in the program’s history.
With a goal and three assists in a 4-2 win over Newton North Monday, Steeves became’s Needham’s all-time leading scorer, breaking the mark of Brock’s son, Robert.
“It was exciting,’’ said Brock, now in his 45th season with the Rockets. “I was excited for him. He’s a wonderful kid to coach. It was wonderful to see him step up and do such an outstanding job over the past four years.’’
Robert Brock, a three-year starter from 1978-80, totaled 38 goals and 40 assists for 78 points. With his four-point performance against the Tigers, Steeves now has 50 goals and 30 assists for 80 points.
King Philip 1, Attleboro 0 — Sophomore Andrew Allen scored to lift the Warriors (1-4-2) to their first win of the season.
Walpole 1, Norwood 0 — Junior Jack Stedman’s first career goal proved to be the winner for the Rebels.
Scituate 4, North Quincy 0 — The Sailors (5-1-1) were led by Kyle Medici (two goals).
Malden 3, Medford 0 — Sophomore goalkeeper Mark Ortiz recorded his fourth shutout of the season for the Golden Tornadoes (4-3).
Oliver Ames 3, Stoughton 0 — Junior David Stapleton had two goals and an assist for the Tigers (6-0-2), and senior goalie David MacKinnon registered his seventh shutout in eight games.
Canton 2, Sharon 1 — Sophomore Bart O’Brien scored the winner with two minutes left.
Medway 8, Bellingham 0 — Junior Justin Kaplan led the Mustangs (5-2) with four goals.
Concord-Carlisle 5, Wayland 0 — Senior striker Andrea O’Brien had a hat trick and an assist for the Patriots (5-1).
Swampscott 2, Saugus 0 — Freshman Meaghan Hartman led the Big Blue (2-1-2) with two goals.
Canton 5, Sharon 2 — The Bulldogs (4-1-1) pulled away behind Lauren Berman’s three goals.
Shawsheen 5, North Shore 0 — Sophomore Emily Irwin led the Rams (6-0) with two goals and an assist.
Sacred Heart 2, Bristol-Plymouth 2 — Eighth-grader Bridget LeBlanc’s goal helped Sacred Heart earn the tie.
Greater Lowell 6, Chelsea 0 — Junior forward Andrea Ramirez scored four goals, increasing her season total to 10, to power Greater Lowell.
Oliver Ames 8, Stoughton 0 — Nicole Taylor (three goals) and Kendall Andrew (two goals) helped power the Tigers to a runaway win.
Peabody 5, Salem 0 — Freshman forward Katrina Silver scored her first two varsity goals for the Tanners.
Watertown 7, Stoneham 0 — Lauren Sutherland (4 goals) and Alyssa Carlson (1 goal, 5 assists) powered the Raiders.
Plymouth South 6, Bridgewater-Raynham 2 — Senior Serena Colbert recorded her first hat trick of the season and added two assists to lead the Panthers (5-2).
Manchester Essex 4, North Reading 0 — Senior Nicole Bradley had two goals for the Hornets (7-0).
Pembroke 41, Scituate 31 — Captain Joe Nelson took medalist honors at Widows Walk Country Club to help the Titans improve to 7-1.
Westwood 244, Medway 273 — Senior Pat Frodith shot a 36 at Maplegate Country Club for the Wolverines (10-0).